Saturday, October 24, 2009

Glaciers and diversions

One reason for which China may not be able to divert the Yarlung-Tsangpo/Brahmaputra is that the Tibetan glaciers are fast disappearing.

Himalayan glaciers will disappear completely by 2035 according to Nature Reports
23 Oct Gangtok: 
A shocking report from Nature News reveals that the Himalayan Glacier could bring an alarming situation for South Asia. This may bring adverse affect to entire countries located in the region. According to a report in Nature News, glaciers in the Himalayas are retreating faster than in any other part of the world and they could disappear completely by 2035. Everyday the glacier is fast melting due to on going global warming across the world. It may happen in a coming years or so regions within a Himalayan range may face a drought and scarcity of water. Zemu , Rathong which are the primary glacier of Sikkim may soon dry out soon as projected by Nature News along with vital source glaciers of Himalayan rivers. Teesta, Rangit the two main rivers of Sikkim which flows from the Himalayan upstream may not be there in future if the glaciers continue to melt due to global warming. The glacier-fed rivers that flow south from the Himalayas are the arteries of south Asia. The glaciologist and government should take up the matter seriously and find a suitable solution to save glaciers. Compared to any other glaciers in the world Himalayan glaciers are melting at faster rates claims Nature News. Glaciers of Bhutan, the tiny kingdom which is located on border of Sikkim should too take a immediate response.

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