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The slopes are said to be littered with empty oxygen cylinders, discarded tents, food cans and, of course, human waste. And as glaciers melt with global warming, they are revealing the debris of the years gone by.

Pollution board identifies industries causing harm to environment

“We are working with the GIZ to find out what remedial measures can be taken on the subject,” said Mr Kalyan Rudra, chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board, referring to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a German development agency that has been working with Indian partners sustainable economic, ecological, and social development.