Glaciers

Climate Change: The Inside Story

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Sydney Morning Herald: The figures speak for themselves. Earth’s veil of atmosphere has warmed by 0.8 degrees since the middle of the 18th century when smoke billowing from furnaces of the Industrial Revolution began. The temperature rise might not sound like a great deal, but make no mistake: the carbon dioxide being churned out today

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Arctic Shrinks 18% Against Record, Sounding Climate Change Alarm Bells

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Scientists and environment groups say the fall is unprecedented and the clearest signal yet of global warming. Sea ice in the Arctic shrank a dramatic 18% this year on the previous record set in 2007 to a record low of 3.41m sq km, according to the official US monitoring organisation the National Snow and

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Changes in Snowfall Pattern Worry Scientists

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




Times of India: Heavy snowfall in peak summers and no snow in extreme winters on Himalayan mountains have become a matter of serious concern for scientists and ecologists. Seasons are fluctuating and magnitude of weather vagaries is increasing fast, warn scientists. Snowfall on mountains below 12,000 feet height in the summer months of May, June

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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Arctic Expert Predicts Final Collapse Of Sea Ice Within Four Years

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Guardian: As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a ‘global disaster’ is now unfolding in northern latitudes One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes

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Himalayan Glaciers Retreating at Accelerated Rate in Some Regions but Not Others

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




Planet Save: The consequences for the Himalayan water supply depend heavily on the region’s thousands of glaciers, that in the east and central areas of the region are retreating at accelerating rates similar to those seen in other glacier-clusters around the world, but that in the western Himalayas are more stable and could in fact

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Climate Change Threatens Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




All Africa: Impressive economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness are threatened by changing climate conditions with the country’s poorest people likely to suffer the worst impact, according to the third National Human Development Report released today in Thimphu. Building resilience is key to the livelihoods of the one quarter

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Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security 2012

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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The National Academics: Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region’s water supply are unclear, this report finds. The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is the location of several of Asia’s great river systems, which provide water for drinking, irrigation, and other uses

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On the Fate of Asia’s Great Rivers

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




New York Times (Green Blog): A new report from the National Research Council, a scientific arm of the United States government, brings some sobriety to the oft-heated discussion about melting Himalayan glaciers. Interest in the glaciers intensified in 2010 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that publishes periodic summaries of

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A Bleak Future For The World’s Glaciers

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




DW: As the world’s glaciers melt, the ice pulls back, revealing crashed aircrafts and the bodies of missing climbers. But glaciologist Samuel Nussbaumer says the process of melting is the darkest tale of all. Swiss glaciologist Samuel Nussbaumer from the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) in Zurich analyzes the development of glaciers around the world.

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India: Himachal Builds Automated Weather Station At 15,000 Feet Above Sea Level

Sep 10th, 2012 | By




Hindustan Times: With its glaciers retreating at a rapid pace, the Himalayas – youngest folded mountains in the world – are feeling the heat of global warming. In order to study the impact of climate change on glaciers, a first-of-its-kind automated weather station has been set up at an altitude of 15,552 feet (4,860 metre)

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Brahmaputra Valley Pushing ‘Glacier-Melting Pollutants’ Into Himalayas

Sep 10th, 2012 | By




Nature: Alarmingly high pollution levels in the Brahmaputra river valley in the northeast of India might be resulting in an outflow of pollutants into the Himalayas, probably melting the glaciers and interfering with India’s monsoon cycle, a new study warns1. A team led by a climate change researcher at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada

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Arctic Ice Melting At ‘Amazing’ Speed, Scientists Find

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Scientists in the Arctic are warning that this summer’s record-breaking melt is part of an accelerating trend with profound implications. Norwegian researchers report that the sea ice is becoming significantly thinner and more vulnerable. Last month, the annual thaw of the region’s floating ice reached the lowest level since satellite monitoring began, more than 30

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Antarctic May Host Methane Stores

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




BBC: Large volumes of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study. It says this methane could be released into the atmosphere as ice retreats, contributing to climate warming. The findings indicate that ancient deposits of organic matter may have been converted

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New Studies Provide Insights on Glaciers in the Greater Himalayan Region

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




ICIMOD: Four recent studies published in Nature and Science (Bolch et al. 2012; Gardelle et al. 2012; Kääb et al. 2012; Yao et al. 2012) strengthen the evidence for overall mass loss from glaciers in the greater Himalayan region. The studies also indicate: despite the overall loss, no significant mass gains or losses have occurred

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Kashmir’s Melting Glaciers May Cut Ice With Sceptics

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By




IPS News: Jowhar Ahmed, an air-conditioner dealer in Srinagar, is pleased at a spurt in business this summer caused by temperatures soaring over 35 degrees Celsius – unusual in this alpine valley ringed by snow-capped mountains. “I sold more than 70 air-conditioners in just one month,” Ahmed, who runs the Oriental Sales electrical goods outlet, told

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In Climate Landmark, Arctic Ice Melts To Record Low

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Times of India: The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said on Monday. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will likely melt further

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Mountain Guides Face Climate Change Head On

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Swissinfo: Rising temperatures, melting glaciers and thawing permafrost: the Swiss Alps are hard hit by the changing climate. A fact of life for the people who work there, mountain guides are doing what they can to adapt to the evolving environment. When mountain guide Walter von Ballmoos led a small group south of the Swiss

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Himalayan Glacier Data Shift To The Middle Ground

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Nature: New satellite study sparks fresh debate about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Satellites can be powerful tools to map complex changes across large, inaccessible areas — but only if researchers are able to interpret correctly what their measurements mean. A 2010 study using measurements taken by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite

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Scientists Scurry to Figure Out The Status Of Glaciers On The Roof Of The World

Aug 14th, 2012 | By




The Augustine News: Mercury in this mountainous region has been climbing, with more warming there in recent decades than in most other places on Earth. “Temperatures are rising fast at high elevations,” says David Molden, director general of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. But the heat-up isn’t limited to temperatures.

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History Of Climatic Change Over The Last 1.5 Mn Years Revealed

Aug 13th, 2012 | By




Zee News: Scientists have made a major breakthrough in understanding the Earth’s climate machine by reconstructing highly accurate records of changes in ice volume and deep-ocean temperatures over the last 1.5 million years. he study, carried out by researchers in the University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences, offers new insights into a decades-long debate

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China’s Disappearing Glaciers

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By




Pulzit centre: Watch out!” came the scream from behind me. As I turned around, people were scrambling for cover when a rock, the size of a microwave, plummeted towards us. Pressing ourselves quickly against the cold wall next to us, the rock landed at our feet, smashing noisily into the icy floor. “That was close,”

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Climate Change Impacts On Glaciers And Runoff In Tien Shan (Central Asia)

Aug 1st, 2012 | By




Nature: Climate-driven changes in glacier-fed streamflow regimes have direct implications on freshwater supply, irrigation and hydropower potential. Reliable information about current and future glaciation and runoff is crucial for water allocation, a complex task in Central Asia, where the collapse of the Soviet Union has transformed previously interdependent republics into autonomous upstream and downstream countries.

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Different Glacier Status With Atmospheric Circulations In Tibetan Plateau and Surroundings

Aug 1st, 2012 | By




Nature: The Tibetan Plateau and surroundings contain the largest number of glaciers outside the polar regions1. These glaciers are at the headwaters of many prominent Asian rivers and are largely experiencing shrinkage2, which affects the water discharge of large rivers such as the Indus3, 4. The resulting potential geohazards5, 6 merit a comprehensive study of

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Melting Glaciers May Worsen North West China’s Water Woes

Aug 1st, 2012 | By




In China’s sprawling Xinjiang region, where the population is growing and cotton farming is booming, a key river has been running dry in summer. Now a team of international scientists is grappling with a problem facing the Tarim River basin and other mountainous regions — how to secure water supplies as demands increase and glaciers

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Deny This: Contested Himalayan Glaciers Really Are Melting

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Scientific American: Deny This: Contested Himalayan Glaciers Really Are Melting, and Doing So at a Rapid Pace–Kind of Like Climate Change Remember when climate change contrarians professed outrage over a few errors in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s last report? One of their favorite such mistakes involved an overestimation of the pace at

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Examining Environmental Flows Critical for River Ecosystems in India

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




International Rivers: It’s no secret that in South Asia, dam building is on the rise. India alone has already constructed over 5,000 large dams with many more in the pipeline. The Himalayas have already been targeted by the Indian government, along with the governments of Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to construct hundreds of mega-dams on

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Ice Age To Interglacial Period: Greatest Climate Change

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




The greatest climate change ever recorded by the world over the last 100,000 years has been the transition from the ice age to the warm interglacial period. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen indicates that, contrary to previous opinion, the rise in temperature and the rise in the atmospheric

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Watch: A Climate Change Photo Exhibit Atop Mount Everest

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




Last September, the documentary photography exhibition COAL+ICE, a project of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, opened at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing to widespread international acclaim. The show features 30 photographers from around the world and collectively tells the story of the consequences our earth faces due to mankind’s continued use of

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Dirty Snow’ Hastens Glacial Melt in Himalayas

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




IPS News: Every morning, as Gian Pietro Verza walks up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier in this Himalayan country’s north-east to take measurements, the wind makes colourful prayer flags flutter noisily. That same wind carries soot particles that are causing the snow on the mountains to melt faster. Photo: The Imja Glacier below

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Pakistan: Climate Change Poses Real Threat-Study

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Dawn: A study conducted by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) in collaboration with the World Bank has raised many concerns about climatic change in our region and its repercussions. The experts, who carried out the study, warn that if Pakistan does not build dams while finding other ways to salvage the existing water

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When The Brahmaputra Flooded

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Indian Express: Climate change effects are likely to continue to cause intense flood and drought in Assam The recent unprecedented floods, accompanied by the erosion of the Brahmaputra, has brought the influencing factors of flood and erosion processes in Assam into focus. First, recent research indicates the likely impact of climate change, with the temperature

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Tibetan Glaciers Shrinking Rapidly

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Nature: Comprehensive survey reveals influence of prevailing winds. The majority of glaciers on the Tibetan plateau and in the surrounding region are retreating rapidly, according to a study based on 30 years of satellite and field measurements. The research by Yao Tandong, a glaciologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Research in

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Agriculture And Adapting To Climate Change In Himalayan Mountains Of India

Jul 6th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: We interviewed a number of farmers in one of the most backward and remote district Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand state of India, about the kind of changes they now face in agriculture production and how they are adapting to it. The farmers mentioned that they feel climatic change for last 10-20 years in the

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Can This Photograph of a Himalayan Glacier Persuade People That Climate Change Is Happening?

Jun 30th, 2012 | By




The Atlantic: The same view, photographed 88 years apart, affords a striking contrast — and a much diminished glacier. Photo: David Breashears/Royal Geographic Society Before the famed English mountaineer George Mallory died on Mount Everest, he was asked why he wanted to climb it, and his response, perhaps apocryphal, would become the three most famous

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Siachen Glacier Time to Change The Climate

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




The News: Could a joint Siachen Science Centre help in shift the paradigm from politics and nationalistic positions towards a scientific resolution of the dispute? Having made substantial headway in the domain of trade and commerce, New Delhi and Islamabad feel that this is the right time to also start discussing vexed issues such as

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Human-Induced Global Ocean Warming On Multidecadal Timescales

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Large-scale increases in upper-ocean temperatures are evident in observational records1. Several studies have used well-established detection and attribution methods to demonstrate that the observed basin-scale temperature changes are consistent with model responses to anthropogenic forcing and inconsistent with model-based estimates of natural variability2, 3, 4, 5. These studies relied on a single observational data

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Remote Sensing of Suspended Particulate Matter in Himalayan Lakes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




Bio-One: This study presents satellite data and in situ measurements to estimate the concentration of suspended solids in high altitude and remote lakes of the Himalayas. Suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentrations measured in 13 lakes to the south of Mount Everest (Nepal) in October 2008 and reflectance values of the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared

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International Impacts & Adaptation

Jun 9th, 2012 | By
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EPA: Introduction to Global Issues: Many global issues are climate-related, including basic needs such as food, water, health, and shelter. Changes in climate may threaten these needs with increased temperatures, sea level rise, changes in precipitation, and more frequent or intense extreme events. Climate change will affect individuals and groups differently. Certain groups of people

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What Do We Really Know About Global Warming?

Jun 8th, 2012 | By




DW: Melting glaciers, increasing droughts and floods – how do we tell the difference between natural variation and human-induced climate change? Professor Mojib Latif, an internationally recognized climate expert, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and author of the new book “Global Warming.” He explained the difference between natural phenomena and human

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Reflection: Climate Action Plans In Himalayas

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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During CoP 17 of UNFCCC with the representation of over 20,000 delegates from about 200 countries, the world discussed three major issues of climate change i.e.  commitment period of Kyoto protocol, the process of action on binding regime-as equity and, the future course of actions on Cancun and Bali action plans. As mountains are the

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Review: Glaciers As Climate Indicators

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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One of the study published in Nature, states that Fewer than 120 (0.075%) have had their mass balance (the sum of the annual mass gains and losses of the glacier) directly measured in Himalayan region, and for only 37 of these are there records extending beyond 30 years. Extrapolating this tiny sample of observations to

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Review: Actions By Governments For Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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In our focus countries Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, it has been observed that the governments have shown their concerns about climatic changes in Himalayan regions. With its advocacy for national happiness index Bhutan is working on many of its glaciers and flood information systems. However, Bhutan’s Climate Summit during 2011 was not a very

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Study Finds There’s Still Hope For Himalayan Glaciers

Jun 4th, 2012 | By




Cordis: The world is becoming increasing concerned about the threat of an upcoming water shortage, leading to its very own crisis. However, it now appears as if previous fears regarding the Himalayan glacier may have been unduly warranted, according to a new international study. The results are an outcome of the HIGHNOON (‘HighNoon: adaption to

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In Search Of: Himalayan Ice Loss

Jun 4th, 2012 | By
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Skeptical Science: The lofty mountains at the Roof of the World, the Himalayas, harbor many strange and mythical things.  From the Abominable Snowman (myth) to the magnificent Potala Palace (wondrously real), to the far horizon of lost Shambhala (mythical [?] Shangri-La) to the manifold tales of the Vedas (also real), many a fanciful tale emerge

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A Kinematic Survey of Khumbu Glacier, Nepal

Jun 4th, 2012 | By




Climate Change Institute: The tempo of erosion in the Himalaya has received considerable attention because of the important role erosion plays in the development of the range, and more generally, because of the broad interest in the rich interactions between tectonics, topography and climate that govern mountain building. Little is known, however, about rates of

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Nepal Marks The First Ascent Of Mt. Everest Amid Worry Of Glacier Melting

May 31st, 2012 | By




Chinadaily: Amid the mounting tensions of melting Himalayas, Nepal marked the first ascent of the Mt. Everest amid various activities here on Tuesday. Also known as ‘International Everest Day” , the day commemorates the first successful ascent of Mt. Qomolangma by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand on May

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Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions

May 25th, 2012 | By




The Daily Beast: More deaths on Everest underscore its problems with overcrowding and unstable weather and geography, writes Nick Heil. By now, everyone has seen the startling photos and video of the conga line of climbers ascending Everest earlier this month. If you’ve ever wondered what a human traffic jam looks like at the roof

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Study Finds Permafrost Thaw, Glacier Melt Releasing Methane

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Reuters (MSNBC)- Methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere, a study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found. The study, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first to document leakage of deep

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Scientists Unravel Climate Patterns From Glacial Debris

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Zee News: (Sydney) Scientists have developed a new diagnostic tool that will enable better understanding of global climate patterns. By distinguishing whether debris in glacial deposits originates from climatic or rock avalanche processes, the scientists would be able to glean more accurate data to inform paleoclimate reconstructions of climate models. The development represents a breakthrough

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Himalayas Warming Faster, Says Report

May 21st, 2012 | By




eKantipur: Himalayas are warming about three times faster than the global average temperature during the last 25 year period, says a new study. The report made public on Wednesday states the average annual precipitation during the same period has increased by 6.52 millimetre per year in the region. Authored by Uttam Babu Shrestha, Shiva Gautam

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Multistability And Critical Thresholds Of The Greenland Ice Sheet

May 17th, 2012 | By




Nature: Recent studies have focused on the short-term contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea-level rise, yet little is known about its long-term stability. The present best estimate of the threshold in global temperature rise leading to complete melting of the ice sheet is 3.1 °C (1.9–5.1 °C, 95% confidence interval) above the preindustrial climate1, determined

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New Diagnostic Tool For Climate Change Research

May 15th, 2012 | By




PHYS: ..Enables better understanding of global patterns. Scientists have developed a new diagnostic tool that will enable better understanding of global climate patterns. The development, by researchers from The University of Queensland, University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Monash University, distinguishes between the causes of particles in glacial deposits – whether climactic or caused by

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People In The Himalayas Need The Glaciers

May 7th, 2012 | By




CICERO: Melting glaciers below 6000 metres create problems for Himalayan farmers. It is well documented that temperatures in the Himalayas have risen in recent decades and that glaciers in the region are losing mass. According to a study by Ren et al., many of the glaciers on the south slope of the central Himalayas have

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Himalayan Glaciers Not Shrinking Alarmingly

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking at an alarming rate under the influence of the global warming syndrome. This was the assertion made by Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head of the Climate Change Programme of the Government of India (GoI). He was delivering the keynote address at a consultation workshop organised by the Assam

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Glacial Outburst- GLOF Poses Threat To Chitral

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




Dawn Pakistan: Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday said that glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) were posing threat to Hindukush-Himalya region that could play havoc with human settlements. They stressed the need for taking steps to reduce the risk. The workshop titled ‘Reducing risks and vulnerabilities from glacier outburst floods in northern Pakistan’ was

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Environmentalists Call For Military Free Himalayan Glaciers

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




Eurasia Review: Environmentalists and scientists have urged India and Pakistan to free the world’s highest battleground‎ of Himalayan Siachen glaciers from military forces to avoid devastating ecological disasters. “From human and environmental perspective, it is an expensive and tragic standoff on Siachen between two countries where either is too proud to back off unilaterally as

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It Can Spy And Also Do A Hundred Humdrum Things

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: India’s space and security capabilities are poised for a big leap with the launch of an entirely indigenous radar imaging satellite, RISAT-1. In the popular mind, radar satellites have a swashbuckling image that is often associated with covertly watching over other countries and tracking their military hardware. These satellites can certainly serve that

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Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




NPR (by Richard Harris) : The Himalayas are sometimes called the world’s “third pole” because they are covered with thousands of glaciers. Water from those glaciers helps feed some of the world’s most important rivers, including the Ganges and the Indus. And as those glaciers melt, they will contribute to rising sea levels. So a

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