Are Man-Made Glaciers the Answer to the Himalayas’ Melting Ice?

How one man’s plan to irrigate the Ladakh desert is drawing inspiration and critics

All photos courtesy of Adam Popescu

LLADAKH, INDIA — In a region with scant water — less than 4 inches of annual rainfall — Sonam Wangchuk, a mechanical engineer by trade, has taken it upon himself to irrigate the mountainous desert of Ladakh, a sprawling…