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Thursday, 3rd September 2009
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Japanese cyclist tackles South Asia

A Japanese cyclist aims to cycle across South Asia to try and raise awareness of climate change, it has been reported.

Malaysian press agency Bernama said that Eri Hirose, from Japan, will be cycling with Australian rider Gavin Dixon across South Asia.

The pair began their journey in Ladakh, India, on August 10th, and arrived in Kathmandu earlier this week, the Kathmandu Post reported at the time.

After Kathmandu, the cyclists aim to travel to the glacial Imja Lake in the Solukhumbu district, which Bernama noted is around 130 kilometres away.

Both cyclists are trying to raise awareness over the impact which global warming has on the planet and Mr Dixon told the source that "the people and ecosystems of the mountainous countries, especially in South Asia, are most vulnerable and most affected by climate change".

The Asian Development Bank recently said that climate change could see food and water shortages to as many as 1.6 billion people in the region.

Written by Graham McPherson.

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