Most Mount Ever­est glaciers feel the heat

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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