According to a new reports of scientists, warming poses a growing threat to Himalayan glaciers. According to this report, found that if CO2 emissions are not cut rapidly, two thirds of these giant ice fields could disappear.
Even in case if the temperature rises to 1.50C till the end of this century, at least one third of the glaciers would turn to bare rocks.
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 melt in less than a century. And the main cause of that is explained rising temperature, according to the scientists.
And if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees C, then half the glaciers would be gone by 2100.
“This is the climate crisis you haven’t heard of,” said Philippus Wester of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), who led the report.
The problem of melting of the glaciers concern not only those communities living in the mountains, but also the 1.65 billion people living downstream too.
The glaciers feed ten 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 incomes.