Himalayan emergency: It’s not too late to prevent melting glaciers

Himalayan emergency: It’s not too late to prevent melting glaciers

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The need for global, regional, and local climate change efforts to save the Himalayan glaciers is more pressing than ever. Source: Saulius Damulevicius/Shutterstock

THE newly released Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Assessment was yet another scientific call for action on climate change – this time in the Himalayas, also known as the ‘Water Towers of Asia’ because it is from there that all ten major rivers of Asia originate.

These rivers provide water, food, and energy for around a third of humanity – approximately two billion people in Asia – and as such, the state of these rivers, glaciers, groundwater, and rain that feed these rivers is of immense importance, not only for the region, but for the entire world.

The part of the report that received the most media attention, and understandably so, was the scientific consensus on melting of glaciers: around a third of Himalayan glaciers are likely to melt by 2100, even if the increasingly unlikely climate target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is met.

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