Swimmer takes campaign to Everest

British endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh is planning a swim more than 17,000ft up Mount Everest to highlight the impact of climate change on Himalayan glaciers which provide water to 1.3 billion people.
Mr Pugh, who previously swam for almost 20 minutes across a patch of open sea at the North Pole (bbrrrrrr) to raise awareness of the effects of rising temperatures on the Arctic, will attempt the 1km swim in a high-altitude lake next April. His bid to put the spotlight on the melting glaciers in the Himalayas, which are receding faster than in any part of the world, will see him taking a dip at 5,300 metres in the freezing waters of a lake on the Khumbu Glacier.
The 39-year-old, whose ability to withstand the cold during his swims has earned him the nickname Nutter "the polar bear", will swim in just his Speedos, (these may be a snug fit when he puts them on but won't be when he takes them off, if you know what I mean), swimming cap and goggles and expects to spend about 20 minutes in the water. He is attempting to raise awareness of the impact of climate change ahead of the crunch talks in Copenhagen in December - where negotiators will attempt to thrash out a new deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and funding efforts to tackle global warming. He said: "These glaciers are not just ice. (They're bloody cold mate!) They are a lifeline - they provide water to a fifth of the world's population. It's essential that politicians put aside their differences and agree a bold strategy to reduce climate change to below current levels when they meet in Copenhagen. There is no time for delay." (I'm with you 100% Lewis, but if you don't mind I'll stick to climbing over the top rather than swimming in the stuff that melts off the end!)
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