Information from satellites has been collected that concerns Himalayan ice. This data has been collected over 40 years from observing a 2000 km region across China, India, Nepal, and Bhutan. It has been reported that the glaciers in the Himalayas are melting at a rate of 45 cm per year, by two times faster than initially anticipated since the turn of the 21st century.
Glaciers in Himalaya are melting faster than expected
Information that has been brought on by declassifying satellite images from the Cold War era. This recent study on the glaciers in the Himalayas is highlighting the environmental impact this change in bringing on. As well as the implications for humans that have their water sources threatened in the regions across South Asia.
The period between 1975 and 2000 saw less melting happen in the region. Melting glaciers in the Himalayas is not something that is not supposed to happen as it has been observed over time before. The object of concern is the advanced rate at which this is happening — something due to rising temperatures across the planet.
Global warming is becoming a real problem to the glaciers around the world
Alternative indicators for the accelerated melting could be the reduction in rainfall that is not adding to the ice layer. As well as soot, landing on top of the glaciers from nearby burning of fossil fuels. Another study brings us information that the arrival of the next millennium will fully melt the ice layer that covers Greenland. With 40 percent of it disappearing in the next 200 years.
This ice layer would add seven meters to the current sea level when it is completely melted — bringing 0.5 to 1.6 meters in sea level rise within the next 200 years. Ocean waters have been recorded to gain higher temperatures in the last twenty years. This has resulted in constant melting of the floating ice that protected the inner glaciers. The UN panel that has climate change as its focus has declared that avoiding global warming disasters would require a significant overhaul of society and economy worldwide.
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