July 27, 2021

Wang Xiangjun: China’s ‘Glacier Bro’ presumed dead

A popular Chinese social media influencer and environmentalist dubbed “Glacier Bro” is presumed dead after falling into icy waters in Tibet.Wang Xiangjun, 30, was reportedly exploring a glacial waterfall when he disappeared on 20 December.His body has not yet been found, but his social media account appeared to confirm his death on Saturday.Wang was known for his videos exploring glaciers and his efforts to highlight the impact of climate change.Footage shared on Chinese social media appears to show him lose his balance while climbing near the base of a waterfall and he is seen slipping into fast-flowing icy waters.The incident took place in Lhari county, northern Tibet, according to reports.Rescuers are still searching for him, but a member of the rescue team quoted by China’s Global Times newspaper said it was likely that Wang had been swept under an ice floe – a sheet of floating ice – and that it was “almost impossible” that he had survived.Spy satellites reveal rapid Himalayan glacier meltStudy identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan PlateauChina sets surprise 2060 carbon neutrality goalOn the weekend a sorrowful tribute posted by the administrator of Wang’s official Kuaishou social media account appeared to confirm his death.”My brother… lies forever in his favourite waterfall. I hope everyone does not hype up [his death], and respect the deceased,” read the statement.”For all of his life he was obsessed with glaciers, and gave his life to glaciers. This is the best resting place for him.”

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