Most Mount Everest glaciers feel the heat
A study published in The Cryosphere has painted a bleak future for most glaciers in the Mount Everest region, warning that they will either disappear or retreat as a result of temperature rise over the next century.
There are over 5,000 glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, which is the site of Mount Everest and other tall peaks.
The volume of several glaciers may reduce by 70 per cent to 99 per cent by 2100, which will have dire consequences on farming and hydroelectricity generation.
One serious consequence of glacier retreat in the Himalaya will be the formation of lakes, which may pose a risk to over a billion people in Asia who depend on rivers fed by glaciers for their food and livelihood.