Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink by Almost 10 Percent, Even If Temperatures Hold Steady

The forecast by Brigham Young University give a warning to the Himalayas because even if climate remained steady, almost 10 percent of Bhutan’s glaciers would vanish within the next few decades. What’s more, the amount of melt water coming off these glaciers could drop by 30 percent. If glaciers continue to lose more water than they gain, the combination of more rain and more glacial melt will increase the probability of flooding — which can be devastating to neighboring villages. The results show if temperatures were to rise just 1 degree Celsius, the Bhutanese glaciers would shrink by 25 percent and the annual melt water would drop by as much as 65 percent. With climate continuing to warm, such a prediction is not altogether unlikely, especially given the years it can take for glaciers to react to change.
“Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come”.
by Alejandro Rodriguez

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121116124650.htm

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