Two-thirds of the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100
By Aparna Ganesan • 05/02/2019 at 9:37AM
Due to rapid urbanisation and increasing population, vulnerable communities are at a high risk in the future.
Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100 if global emissions are not reduced, scientists have warned in a new study. The new report was published by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal, one of eight countries on the front line. The glaciers feed 10 of the world's most important river systems, including the Ganges, Indus, Yellow, Mekong and Irrawaddy, and directly or indirectly supply billions of people with food, energy, clean air and income. India, Pakistan, China and Bangladesh account for 50 per cent of the world's groundwater withdrawls. Due to rapid urbanisation and increasing population, vulnerable communities are at a high risk in the future.