Nepal glaciers shrink by quarter in 30 years

May 23, 2014
This file picture taken on May 11, 2009 shows the Khumbu glacier in the Everest-Khumbu region, one of the longest glaciers in the world

Climate change has caused Nepal's Himalayan glaciers to shrink by nearly a quarter in just over 30 years, raising the risk of natural disasters in the ecologically fragile region, a scientist said Friday.

A new study by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) shows that the area covered by glaciers has decreased by 24 per cent between 1977 and 2010.

Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya, lead author of the report, told AFP, "the shrinking of glaciers in Nepal is definitely connected to climate change, glacial melt is a huge indicator of rising temperatures."

The Norway-funded research project led by ICIMOD took three years to complete, as scientists mapped from several decades to see the extent of ice loss in the region.

The fastest decline occurred between 1980 and 1990, Bajracharya said, adding that prior to the late 1970s, satellite imagery reflected little change in Nepal's glacial area.

He said the glacial melting is creating huge, expanding lakes that threaten to burst and devastate mountain communities living downstream.

The accelerated glacial loss raises concerns over future access to water resources, particularly in regions where groundwater is limited and monsoon rains are erratic.

"If the trend continues, the immediate impact will be felt by those living in high-altitude regions, who are dependent on freshwater reserves from glaciers," Bajracharya said.

The findings, published earlier this month, also sound alarm bells for Nepal's push to develop hydropower projects.

"Nepal cannot use its to develop the country without assessing the state of our glaciers and river basins," he said.

A government report in India recently blamed hydropower projects for devastating floods last year that killed thousands in India and Nepal.

The government panel said the build up of sediment in rivers, due to the dumping of soil that was dug up during construction of , exacerbated flooding when record-high rainfall hit the region last June.

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runrig
4.6 / 5 (9) May 25, 2014
Deafening silence here.
Is this impossible to deny then?
Oh do come on, use your imagination....
Perhaps all the blizzards are on holiday in the US.
Maggnus
4.6 / 5 (9) May 25, 2014
Kind of sad actually runrig. There's this one, then there's also:

China glaciers shrink 15 percent in warming (http://phys.org/n...ml#nRlv)
Unprecedented B.C. glacier melt seeps into U.S. climate change concerns (http://www.cbc.ca...2646742)
Climate Change Causing Glaciers Near Alaska to Shrink Rapidly (http://guardianlv...apidly/)
Columbia Icefield shrinking fast (http://www.usask....ast.pdf)
Researcher: Glaciers in South America receding due to global warming (http://ajw.asahi....1080061)
Glacier shrinkage will hit European Alps hardest, study claims (http://www.thegua...-levels)

And so on.
runrig
4.6 / 5 (9) May 25, 2014
Kind of sad actually runrig. There's this one, then there's also:

China glaciers shrink 15 percent in warming (http://phys.org/n...ml#nRlv)

And so on.

Yes Maggnus - all the deniers will do is go to something like Iceagenow and read this bollocks.
Apologies LOL ...

"Glaciers Growing in
Western Himalayas
24 May 09 – In a defiant act
of political incorrectness, some
230 glaciers in the western
Himalayas - including Mount Everest, K2 and Nanga
Parbat - are actually growing"

Away with the fairies in a world not of this Earth.
Amazing what the human mind can convince your consciousness of ... if you have an investment in wanting that outcome.
Which is why Blogs do not count - the one quoted here is far, far beyond where even the fairies live.
Vietvet
4.5 / 5 (8) May 25, 2014
I'm certain that rggy et al have read this. They're trying to find a way to turn this article a socialist conspiracy.
Caliban
4.6 / 5 (9) May 25, 2014
I'm certain that rggy et al have read this. They're trying to find a way to turn this article a socialist conspiracy.


Or to just flat out deny it, a la ubybooby.

By the way, he hasn't cited the NSIDC as proof of no warming for about a year now, so at least that much progress has been made --since there just isn't enough persistent snow and ice cover to spin into the onset of a new ice age, much less a lack of warming.

This news of massive Nepali glacier loss is a further blow to the denialsphere.

Probably not immediately fatal, but they are certainly gonna know they've been struck
a deep one, indeed...

Maggnus
4 / 5 (8) May 26, 2014
I'm certain that rggy et al have read this. They're trying to find a way to turn this article a socialist conspiracy.


Or to just flat out deny it, a la ubybooby.

By the way, he hasn't cited the NSIDC as proof of no warming for about a year now, so at least that much progress has been made --since there just isn't enough persistent snow and ice cover to spin into the onset of a new ice age, much less a lack of warming.

This news of massive Nepali glacier loss is a further blow to the denialsphere.

Probably not immediately fatal, but they are certainly gonna know they've been struck
a deep one, indeed...

Naw Cali, Al Gore drove a car last night, that makes it all a conspiracy!
PinkElephant
4.6 / 5 (9) May 26, 2014
In case "ubybooby" ever shows up, here's one just for him/her/it:

http://www.skepti...php?g=47
ubavontuba
1 / 5 (5) Jun 03, 2014
In case "ubybooby" ever shows up, here's one just for him/her/it:

http://www.skepti...php?g=47
Funny how that last step keeps getting longer ...and longer ...and longer...

Have you ever really examined that chart? Did you know the previously longest step only lasted eight years? We're more than double that now.

Caliban
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 03, 2014
In case "ubybooby" ever shows up, here's one just for him/her/it:

http://www.skepti...php?g=47
Funny how that last step keeps getting longer ...and longer ...and longer...

Have you ever really examined that chart? Did you know the previously longest step only lasted eight years? We're more than double that now.


Especially "funny", ubybooby, when it continues to pe positive, positive, and positive.

Just like the pause of inflation between breaths, blowing up a baloon.

ubavontuba
1 / 5 (4) Jun 04, 2014
Especially "funny", ubybooby, when it continues to pe positive, positive, and positive.

Just like the pause of inflation between breaths, blowing up a baloon.
Um ...no. The globe is cooling.

http://www.woodfo....3/trend

Maggnus
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 04, 2014
Um ...no. The globe is cooling.

http://www.woodfo....3/trend

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