Researchers in the Netherlands concluded that almost two-thirds of the ice in Asia's glaciers could vanish if no effort is made to curb climate change
In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 photo, international trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal. Nepal has extended the permits of climbers who were unable to climb Mount Everest last year due to an earthquake-triggered avalanche that killed 19 people at a base camp in hopes of bringing back western climbers to the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa), photo: AP/Tashi Sherpa
13 of September 2017 12:35:22
BERLIN – Scientists say one-third of the ice stored in Asia's glaciers will be lost by the end of the century even if the world manages to meet its ambitious goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, affecting water supplies for millions of people on the continent.In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers in the Netherlands also examined what would happen if average global temperatures rise beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. They concluded that almost two-thirds of the ice in Asia's glaciers could vanish, if no effort is made to curb climate change."In regions where glacier melt water is an important part of the river flow, the retreating glaciers can become a problem," Philip Kraaijenbrink, a University of Utrecht geographer who led the study, said."There are many people living in basins that have their rivers originating in Asia's high mountains, such as the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra," Kraaijenbrink said. "In these basins, the river water is used for irrigation of cropland, drinking water and for hydropower dams."