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Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss

Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss

Science
Images from Cold War spy satellites have revealed the dramatic extent of ice loss in the Himalayan glaciers.Scientists compared photographs taken by a US reconnaissance programme with recent spacecraft observations and found that melting in the region has doubled over the last 40 years.The study shows that since 2000, glaciers heights have been shrinking by an average of 0.5m per year.The researchers say that climate change is the main cause."From this study, we really see the clearest picture yet of how Himalayan glaciers have changed," Joshua Maurer, from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, told BBC News. The research is published in the journal Science Advances. ...
Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study

Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study

Technology
One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns. If global efforts to curb climate change fail, the impact could be far worse: a loss of two-thirds of the region's glaciers by 2100, said the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment released Monday by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. "Global warming is on track to transform the frigid, glacier-covered mountain peaks of the Hindu Kush Himalayas cutting across eight countries to bare rocks in a little less than a century," said Philippus Wester of the center, who led the report. The five-year study looked at the effects of climate change on a region that...
Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers

Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers

Science
Climate change poses a growing threat to the glaciers found in the Hindu Kush and Himalayan mountain ranges, according to a new report. The study found that if CO2 emissions are not cut rapidly, two thirds of these giant ice fields could disappear. Even if the world limits the temperature rise to 1.5C this century, at least one third of the ice would go. The glaciers are a critical water source for 250 million people living across eight different countries. The towering peaks of K2 and Mount Everest are part of the frozen Hindu Kush and Himalayan ranges that contain more ice that anywhere else on Earth, apart from the polar regions. But these ice fields could turn to bare rocks in less than a century because of rising temperatures, say scientists. Over th...
Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

World
At least eight climbers died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal.A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday.A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions.The ninth climber has yet to be found but is feared dead."Five South Korean climbers are dead, three Nepalese nationals are also dead. One Nepali guide is missing," police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told the BBC. Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fa...