Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Scientists confirm the melting glaciers in the Himalayas

Kathmandu, Nepal - Millions of people threatened by melting glaciers in the Himalayan ranges, according to several scientists who did extensive research on climate change in the region.

The discovery of three reports published in the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) showed that glaciers Nepal declined by 21 percent while Bhutan glaciers shrank 22 percent since more than 30 years ago.

The series presented the report of the United Nations climate meeting United Nations (UN) in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday is the first official confirmation of the level of melting of glaciers in the Himalayas.

It follows the announcement that scientists in 2007, glaciers in the region would be lost by 2035.

A three-year study funded by ICIMOD led Sweden's government showed 10 glaciers in the region is narrowed by a large decline occurred between 2002 and 2005.


A further study found that there were significant reductions in the total area covered by snow in the region during the last decade.

"These reports provide a new basis of other specific location information for understanding climate changes occurring in the area between the most fragile ecosystems in the world (the Himalayas ranges)," said the chairman of the international panel on climate change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri. - AFP


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