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A Tibetan elder named Yudron, who lives at the 3,100 meters above the sea level, 40 kilometers away from the base of Mt. Qomolangma, has ended his piercing winter which relies on cow dung to get warm, thanks to the "Dubang Scientific Research Plan for Improving People's Livelihood".

The Mt. Qomolangma Area, called as "world's third pole", is serious in environment and in deadly short of natural resources, hence, solar energy, which is widely used in Tibet Autonomous Region for years, is still unavailable in this world's highest residential estate. Winter seems even more chilly for dwellers here, where modern fuel and electricity are reachless.

A resolution for modern fuel and replaceable energy becomes an urgent problem to be coped with.

In May, 2008, the "Dubang Scientific Research Plan for Improving People's Livelihood" of "Mt. Qomolangma--World's Third Pole Campaign", was set up in Lhasa in answer to it.

The researchers, through on-the-spot investigation, found wind and methane energies are hard to publicize as it requires high technology while solar photovoltaic technology still has technology problem and is also high in expense.

After repeating experiments and investigations, a notion of building energy saving house, is produced.

The notion has it that they will combine energy saving house with traditional Tibetan resident in one, but a fateful cubby which is used to collect solar energy, should be built southward on the roof. With it, the house is able to get warm with solar energy.

On January 7, 2009, the notion was practiced feasible by finishing the sample house for Yudron. They adopted local materials while traditional unique of Tibetan house is remained.

It not only solves the problem for using of modern fuel, but protects environment.

It is planed wider publicizing will be made in the future to benefit more and more Tibetan people in Mt. Qomolangma Area.

(China Tibet Information Center January 10, 2009)

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