Glaciers

Fox Cherry-Picks Glaciers To Hide Global Melt

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Media Matters: As the Earth’s climate warms, glaciers are shrinking worldwide. But Fox News is using a recent study showing stable glaciers in one region of the Himalayas to obscure the global melting trend and cast doubt on climate change. Study: One Mountain Range Is Bucking The Global Melting Trend Study: Karakoram Range In Himalayas “Is Holding Steady, And May Even Be

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Siachen Melt: Pak, India Experts Spar

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Deccan Chronical: Indian and Pakistani glaciologists have crossed swords over whether the Siachen glacier is melting or not. Leading Indian glaciologist Dr Vijay Kumar Raina, formerly of the Geological Survey of India and author of a report on glaciers prepared for the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in 2010 has stated categorically that the

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Arctic Methane Leaks Threaten Climate

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: As Arctic sea ice breaks apart, massive amounts of methane could be released into the atmosphere from the cold waters beneath. High concentrations of the greenhouse gas have been recorded in the air above cracks in the ice. This could be evidence of yet another positive feedback on the warming climate – leading

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MIT Exhibit Exposes The Cold Truth About Glacial Melting

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




Enterprise and Glacierworks: After 30 years climbing majestic Himalayan peaks, mountaineering filmmaker David Breashears has seen the vast glaciers that feed Asia’s rivers melting beneath his boots. The Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, who has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest five times, is showing his revelatory photographs in a cautionary exhibition at the MIT Museum

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Himalayan Scare May Impact Water Availability In Asia

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




India Today: Naysayers notwithstanding, new studies show that Himalayan glaciers are indeed melting possibly due to climate change. The rate of their melting is not as alarming as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 but is significant enough to seriously impact water availability in Asia in future. The warning comes

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State of Himalayan Glaciers Less Alarming Than Feared

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




Science Daily: Several hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia depend, to varying degrees, on the freshwater reservoirs of the Himalayan glaciers. Consequently, it is important to detect the potential impact of climate changes on the Himalayan glaciers at an early stage. Together with international researchers, glaciologists from the University of Zurich now reveal

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Himalayan Glaciers Expand, Challenging IPCC’s Credibility

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




The American: A new scientific study of the Himalayan glaciers is raising fresh doubts about the troubled theory of manmade climate change, and could renew interest in a debacle that shook the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) several years ago. When the “Climategate” scandal erupted in 2009, the global warming theory faced widespread ridicule.

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Pakistan’s First Climate Change Adaptation Plan To Tackle “Mountain Tsunamis”

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Pakistan has launched its first climate change adaptation project aimed at tackling the threats communities face from bursting glacier lakes in the country’s northern mountains. With Northern Pakistan being home to 5,218 glaciers and 2420 glacial lakes – 52 of which have been classified as potentially dangerous – the two year pilot project is

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Global Warming Mystery: Why Are Some Glaciers Growing?

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




The Week: Around the world, ice caps are melting due to climate change, scientists say. But a few icy masses in the Himalayas are, weirdly enough, getting bigger Glaciers around the world are slowly melting, and scientists are quick to point their fingers at manmade climate change. But new research suggests that a few glaciers

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Experts Warn Of More Attabad Lake, Gayari-Like Disasters

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Daily Times: Say 52 glaciers in mountainous regions have dangerous tendencies ISLAMABAD: Speaking at a seminar, environment experts highlighted that 52 glaciers in mountainous regions of Pakistan have dangerous tendencies and warned of more disasters like Attabad Lake and recent avalanche in Gayari area of Siachen. They were expressing their views at the media launch

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The new Cold War? As Climate Change Melts Polar Ice Cap

Apr 17th, 2012 | By




Washington Post [YOKOSUKA, Japan] — To the world’s military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts. By Arctic

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Renegade Glaciers Gain Ice

Apr 16th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Despite a warming climate, some glaciers in southern Asia are holding their own. By: Sid Perkins While most of the world’s glaciers are shedding ice at a brisk clip, many in one mountain range along the rim of the Tibetan plateau have been posting measurable gains in recent years, a new study confirms1. The

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Some Asian Glaciers ‘Putting On Mass’

Apr 16th, 2012 | By




BBC News: By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News Some glaciers on Asia’s Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers. A French team used satellite data to show that glaciers in part of the Karakoram range, to the west of the Himalayan region, are putting on mass. The reason is

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What Will Happen When Glaciers Disappear?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By




KuenselOnline: This is the  last article on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and

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52 Glacial Lakes Termed Dangerous

Apr 13th, 2012 | By




DAWN (Islamabad): At least 52 glacial lakes in Gilgit and Astore districts have been identified as ‘potentially dangerous’ by a project sponsored by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project report titled “Managing climate risks in the Himalayas: A community-centric approach” says that in the sub-basins of Swat, Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza,

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Children Hardest Hit By Climate Change: UNICEF

Apr 12th, 2012 | By




GHT: The impact of climate change could fall disproportionately on women and children, more so in the remote mountains of Nepal. Participants of the Climate Smart Celebrity Trek met with media and local authorities at a press conference in Jumla today and discussed how the changed climate impacts the livelihood of the families, which in

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Rivers Of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers Of The Greater Himalaya

Apr 12th, 2012 | By




GlacierWorks: is pleased to present Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya for a limited engagement at Everest Base Camp (April 10 – May 10, 2012). Sponsored in part by Mountain Hardwear, the Base Camp exhibition showcases mountaineer David Breashears’ modern, high-resolution glacier imagery alongside matched archival photographs taken over the past century

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On The Delicate Environment-Faith Conflict

Apr 11th, 2012 | By




Kashmir Life (Srinagar, India): Tonnes of trash dumped in Indian Kashmir during an annual religious pilgrimage pose a serious threat to the region’s water supplies and flora, environmental groups warn. The trash is dumped during an annual trek to a shrine in the Amarnath cave, 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) up in the Himalayas, which is

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Meet Kimberly Casey: Studying How Debris Influences Glaciers

Apr 10th, 2012 | By




PHYS.ORG: Kimberly Casey is a glaciologist who spends a fair amount of time in the office analyzing satellite data. But when she talks about her fieldwork on remote glaciers, one suspects she could do pretty well in a triathlon, too. Casey has carried 70-pound backpacks up mountain crossings in the Himalayas and waded ice-cold streams

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GLOF’s Risk: Lessons Learnt From TSUNAMI In Japan

Apr 9th, 2012 | By




KuenselOnline: This is the  sixteen article on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and

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The Mighty Himalayan Glaciers Are Vanishing

Apr 5th, 2012 | By




The snow and ice stored within this resplendent arc of nearly 50,000 high-altitude glaciers are vital sources of water for the major rivers of Asia. GlacierWorks is a non-profit organization that vividly illustrates the changes to Himalayan glaciers through art, science, and adventure. Founded by acclaimed mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker David Breashears, GlacierWorks is a

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Are Himalayan Glaciers Headed To Hell In A Hand Basket?

Apr 4th, 2012 | By




CO2 Science: Bali et al. (2011) introduce their review of what we know about Himalayan glaciers by noting that a “glacial inventory carried out by the Geological Survey of India reveals the existence of over 9,000 valley glaciers in India and at least about 2,000 glaciers in Nepal and Bhutan,” citing Raina (2006). And they

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India: National Mission For Sustaining The Himalayan Ecosystem

Mar 21st, 2012 | By
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The Himalayan ecosystem is fragile and diverse. It includes over 51 million people who practice hill agriculture and remains vulnerable The Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass, through providing forest cover, feeding perennial rivers that are the source of drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower, conserving biodiversity, providing a rich

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Forecasters Look Back In Time

Mar 14th, 2012 | By




Nature: As the next IPCC assessment nears, scientists use palaeoclimatic data to hone their models. It is hard to imagine beaches in northern Greenland or driftwood washing up on islands of Canada’s Arctic archipelago, but both were a reality some 6,000 years ago. “At least seasonally, those areas must have been ice-free,” says Gavin Schmidt,

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Glaciers Melt, Concerns Mount Among JNU Scientists In India

Mar 13th, 2012 | By




Worried about the day when the Himalayan glaciers have melted, the Yamuna is a marsh and your taps have run dry? It’s unlikely to happen soon. Scientists from JNU’s School of Environmental Sciences (India) studying the Chhota Shigri Glacier in Lahaul-Spiti have found that it has definitely lost mass over a decade, but is in

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Retreating Ice Leaves Glacial Species On The Rocks

Mar 12th, 2012 | By




Nature: Creatures that rely on melt water are threatened by climate change. The rapid retreat of glaciers is one of the most visible signs of Earth’s changing climate, but the disappearance of the ice is altering far more than physical landscape. An analysis suggests that species that live in the streams and rivers that flow

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Water and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods-Adaptation

Mar 9th, 2012 | By




UNDP (2010) Why water, including GLOFs, is a key sector for the country-Nepal? Water resources play an important role in the overall development of Nepal. Nepal has a theoretical hydropower potential of about 83,000 MW. The source of livelihoods of majority of the population is agriculture. Both of these sectors are heavily dependent on water

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Debris-Free Glaciers And Their Climatic Reaction

Mar 4th, 2012 | By




This is the eleventh article of a 15-part series on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan

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Himalaya Water Tower

Mar 4th, 2012 | By




Housed within 55,000 glaciers in the Himalaya Mountains sits 40 percent of the world’s fresh water. The massive ice sheets are melting at a faster-than-ever pace due to climate change, posing possible dire consequences for the continent of Asia and the entire world stand, and especially for the villages and cities that sit on the

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Glacier Loss In The Himalayas: Should We Be concerned?

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




A recent study published in Nature (Jacob, T; Wahr, J; Pfeffer, WT; Swenson, S [2012] ‘Recent contributions of glaciers and ice caps to sea level rise,’ Nature, 8 February, doi: 10.1038/nature10847) indicated that the loss of glacier mass in the greater Himalayan region has been insignificant. The findings must be put into context, because global

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Unusual Weather: Arctic Sea Ice Decline May Be Driving Snowy Winters

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




A new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology provides further evidence of a relationship between melting ice in the Arctic regions and widespread cold outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere. The study’s findings could be used to improve seasonal forecasting of snow and temperature anomalies across northern continents. Since the level of Arctic sea

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Climate Change In The Hindu Kush-Himalayas

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




The State of Current Knowledge: This synthesis report summarises the most up-to-date knowledge from scientific enquiries into the impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fourth assessment report (AR4) in 2007, data for the whole HKH region were for the most part

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Chasing Ice: The Climate Change Debate Is Over

Feb 27th, 2012 | By




Sometimes people question whether or not Climate Change is real. After viewing the feature documentary, Chasing Ice, I can assure you that the debate is over. On Monday, January 23, 2012 — Chasing Ice, had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival featuring documentary director Jeff Orlowski and his Academy Awarding winning production

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Glacial Mass Balance Studies in Asia For Sustainable Agriculture

Feb 25th, 2012 | By




In one of the articles published in 2009, by Koji Matsuo, Kosuke Heki from the Dept. of Natural History Sci., Hokkaido University, Japan mentioned that a substantial amount of glacial ice is melting in the Asian high mountains (AHM). It stated that the Gravimetry by GRACE satellite during 2003–2009 suggests the average ice loss rate

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Shrinking Glaciers Under Scrutiny

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By




Nature: Melting glaciers contribute to sea-level rise, but measuring their mass loss over time is difficult. An analysis of satellite data on Earth’s changing gravity field does just that, and delivers some unexpected results. Glaciers and ice caps are pivotal features of both water resources and tourism. They are also a significant contributor to sea-level

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Sacred Natural Sites And Climate Change Threat

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By




Sacred natural sites are areas of land or water having special spiritual significance. And the Eastern Himalayas is home to many such sites like Mount Kailash (Tibet), Lumbini (Nepal), Taksang (Bhutan), Gosaikunda (Nepal), Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim). These sites besides having spiritual and religious significance also have biodiversity conservation value due to restrictions on cutting of

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Climate Change Effect on Glacier Behavior: A Case Study from the Himalayas

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By




Glaciers are the visible indicator of climate change. Glacier mass balance, length and snow-melt runoff are some of the glacier parameters directly related to the climate. Glacier length changes in response to climate change with a time delay. This paper studies the change in the length of a benchmark glacier, Chhota Shigri of the Indian

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Glaciers: Carbon Captured, Released To Aquatic Systems

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By




Glaciers around the world may hold clues about how Earth’s remote ecosystems have been influenced by the industrial revolution. They capture large amounts of carbon-containing dissolved organic matter (DOM) that is later released to downstream ecosystems where it provides food for microorganisms at the base of the aquatic food web. While many scientists believe the

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Weather watch: Dirty Glaciers Melt Faster Than Clean Glaciers

Feb 21st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Dirty snow melts faster than clean snow. Nowhere is this clearer than on the glaciers of the Himalayas, where scientists have recorded accelerated melting, coinciding with a greying of the glaciers. Photo: Scientists have recorded accelerated melting, coinciding with the greying of the glaciers. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis Asia’s industrial revolution is pumping out lots

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Kashmir University: To Undertake Research On Glaciers Climate Change

Feb 18th, 2012 | By




University of Kashmir has become part of the countrywide efforts for undertaking joint research on glaciers and climate change in the Himalayas and Karakoram. An  Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCC) with membership from Kashmir University JNU, Jammu University and Sikkim University was recently launched at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During

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Artificial Glaciers Water Crops in Indian Highlands

Feb 15th, 2012 | By




National Geographic: Villagers discover that it is easier to store water in ice than in a reservoir, and less is lost to evaporation. This story is part of a National Geographic News series on global water issues. A remote Indian village is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by creating large masses of ice, or

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Satellite Photo: Shrinking Glaciers on Mount Everest

Feb 15th, 2012 | By




RTCC: The Sagarmatha National Park is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys where Mount Everest (or Sagarmatha in Nepali), the highest peak in the world (8,848 m), is located. Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The air temperatures in this

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Climate Change and Security at the Third Pole

Feb 15th, 2012 | By




First 500 words: In 1997 a group of Chinese and American glaciologists extracted ice-core data from the world’s highest site in central Tibet. Under harsh physical conditions, 7,200 metres above sea level, the team recovered three ice cores from the Dasuopu glacier that revealed current temperatures were the highest in a thousand years. Expeditions across

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Storm of the Century: Try-Storm of the Decade

Feb 15th, 2012 | By




MIT: With climate change, today’s ‘100-year floods’ may happen every three to 20 years, according to new research. Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and

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Arctic Warms to Highest Level Yet as Researchers Fear Tipping Points

Feb 14th, 2012 | By




Mongabay: Last year the Arctic, which is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth due to global climate change, experienced its warmest twelve months yet. According to recent data by NASA, average Arctic temperatures in 2011 were 2.28 degrees Celsius (4.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above those recorded from 1951-1980. As the Arctic warms, imperiling its biodiversity

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Earth Losing 150bn Tons Of Ice Annually?

Feb 13th, 2012 | By




Greenland, Antarctica and global glaciers and ice caps lost roughly 8 times the volume of Lake Erie from 2003-2010, a new study has revealed. According to the study led by the University of Colorado Boulder, earth’s glaciers and ice caps outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are shedding roughly 150 billion tons of

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New Sat Data Shows Himalayan Glaciers Hardly Melting At All

Feb 10th, 2012 | By




New scientific analysis of satellite gravity measurements has shown that ice is melting from glaciers around the world much less quickly than had been thought. The new research is important as worldwide glacier melt is thought to be one of the main factors which could drive rising sea levels in future. The new results were

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Live Q&A: What Does the Himalaya Glacier Study Mean for Climate Change?

Feb 10th, 2012 | By




Asia’s highest peaks have not lost ice over the past decade, according to new research. Glaciologist Prof Jonathan Bamber answers your questions. A new study published in Nature has found that the world’s largest mountain chain, running from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of Kyrgystan and China, has not experienced any net

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The Himalayas And Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

Feb 9th, 2012 | By
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Meltwater from Asia’s peaks is much less then previously estimated, but lead scientist says the loss of ice caps and glaciers around the world remains a serious concern. The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice

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Ice Man- Tackles Himalayan Water Shortage

Feb 7th, 2012 | By




High in the Himalayas, Chewang Norphel cut a path through the uncharted snow in his dress shoes. Each step sank and his ankles were swallowed yet the 77-year old appeared neither cold nor encumbered. “I grew up in the mountains,” said Norphel with a comfortable smile to his shivering visitors, “they call me the Ice

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The Key to Addressing Climate Change – Indigenous Knowledge

Feb 7th, 2012 | By




National Geographic: We have the knowledge that can contribute to finding solutions to the crisis of climate change. But if you’re not prepared to listen, how can we communicate this to you? — Marcos Terena, Xané leader, Brazil. The precipitous rise in the world’s human population and humankind’s ever-increasing dependence on fossil fuel-based ways of living

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Himalayan Glaciers: Glacial Studies, Retreat and climate change

Feb 1st, 2012 | By




The MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forest of Government of India) discussion paper on Himalayan glaciers studies the phenomenon of glaciations and glacier dynamics, a phenomenon that has attained significant attention in recent years, on account of the general belief that global warming and climate change is leading to fast degeneration of glaciers in the

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Bhutan’s Glacial History

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




What was past glaciation in the Bhutan Himalayas like? Current mountain landscapes (i.e. glacier lakes, ancient lakes, water fall, and rock cliff etc.) relate largely to the past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers. Although it is reported that Bhutan’s mountain glaciers have shrunk in recent years, past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers has not been well studied,

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Melting Himalayan Glaciers Can Threaten Animals, Humans And CEPT Develop Guidelines on CC for India

Jan 19th, 2012 | By




Melting Himalayan Glaciers Can Threaten Animals, Humans Daily Bhaskar: The melting down of the Himalayan glaciers due to climate change may be solving the current water crisis, but can also have a devastating effect on animal and human lives in the long run, environmentalist and polar explorer Robert Swan has said. “What scares me is

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Policy Draft to Mitigate Climate Effects

Jan 17th, 2012 | By




Dawn: PAKISTAN’S climate change policy whose draft took more than a year to be readied is now under print and may be presented to the federal cabinet for approval in a few weeks. The draft will unveil an action plan to mitigate adverse effects of extreme weather events as witnessed in 2010 and again in

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Global Warming Not Sole Reason for Glacier Melting

Jan 16th, 2012 | By
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Zee News: Questioning the theory that Himalayan glaciers are fast receding entirely due to global warming, a top climate official of the country says there could be other reasons as well for melting of snow in the youngest mountain systems of the world. Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor to the Union Minister for Science and Technology and

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Indian, Pak Experts Call on Govts to Declare Himalayan Glaciers “Protected Areas”

Jan 13th, 2012 | By




Pakistani and Indian experts have urged their respective governments to declare all Himalayan glaciers as “protected areas”, and demanded immediate demilitarisation of Siachen to preserve the world’s second longest glacier.  “Glaciers are important and a major source of the Indus Rivers System. To preserve these glaciers; there is an immediate need to declare all Himalayan

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2011 Impact of Climate Change Massive

Jan 12th, 2012 | By




Throughout 2011 we have seen  some of the extreme weather effects of climate change stinging. Global warming means killer storms more worse than Katrina and Gustav, unexpected flooding in Asia, drought in Eastern Europe, unseasonal heavy rains in western Africa. These events  have also reduced crop yields, further hampering the chances of relief. 2012 will

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Sherpa Takes Message to Top of The World

Jan 12th, 2012 | By




Apa Sherpa who has climbed Mount Everest a record 21 times, will trek hundreds of kilometres along some of the world’s highest mountains to highlight the impact of climate change on the Himalayas, organisers said on Monday. Apa Sherpa, 52, will be accompanied by two-time Everest climber Dawa Steven Sherpa on the gruelling 1,700km 120-day

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Thawing Permafrost Reduces River Runoff

Jan 11th, 2012 | By




Nature: China’s Yangtze River is receiving less water as climate warms. Chinese researchers have revealed that the amount of water entering the Yangtze River near its source on the Tibetan plateau has fallen by 15% over the past four decades, despite a 15% increase in glacial melt and increased rainfall over the same period. Wang

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