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Time’s running out for Himalayan glaciers

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 22:06 IST

Time’s running out for Himalayan glaciers
Darryl D’Monte’s article Beating retreat (November 23) made for a disturbing and shocking read. Over the years the average temperature of the Himalayas has risen by 0.25 degrees per decade, and there are several factors such as greenhouse gases, chulhas and fuel emissions that have contributed to the phenomenon of melting glaciers. If the estimates about glaciers declining by 75m by the end of this century are true then the Indian water towers are going to disappear soon. It’s high time the Centre took measures to combat glacial melting.
Ahrar Husain, via email

Punish Sena activists
With reference to the report Sena latest: Sachin never helped Marathis (November 23), state government has unfortunately played into the hands of the Shiv Sena. The comparison between Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Sachin Tendulkar is quite preposterous as the latter has never claimed to be greater than Tilak. Leaders who use politics to incite trouble and disturb communal harmony must be discouraged by the state.
K.V. Seetharamaiah, Hassan

No third-party mediation
With reference to the editorial Dance with the dragon (Our Take, November 19), it is shocking that the joint statement signed by US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao has reference to India-Pakistan ties. India should condemn the statement as the issue of India-Pakistan relations is a bilateral one.
J.N. Mahanty, Puri