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Big crisis, a third of ice in himalayas will thaw this century

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By ITN News Editor February 5, 2019 13:53

Big crisis, a third of ice in himalayas will thaw this century

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India. Vast glaciers make the Hindu Kush Himalaya region which is home to the world’s highest peaks topped by Mount Everest and K2 – a “third pole” behind Antarctica and the Arctic region.

The report, by 210 authors, said that more than a third of the ice in the region will melt by 2100 even if governments take tough action to limit global warming under the 2015 Paris climate agreement. And two-thirds of the ice could vanish if governments fail to rein in greenhouse gas emissions this century. Glaciers have thinned and retreated across most parts of the region since the 1970s.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 5, 2019 13:53

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