The stillness in the air suggests a warm day to come, but it’s still cool this early in the morning. Bina Devi has just put a kettle on. There’s enough firewood to keep the fire going a while, and the cows need to be fed first.

When dawn breaks, she’ll make the trudge to a nearby spring. Piped water supply really can’t be relied upon during these hot summer months, and the spring has already reduced to a slow trickle. Another few weeks, and it’ll be an even longer walk to the next water source.

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The Himalayas are rightly called the water towers of Asia. With greater snow and ice cover than any other region on Earth, barring the North and South Poles, the glaciers and rivers that originate here provide water for over a billion people downstream.

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