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One-third of World Heritage glaciers to melt by 2050, says UNESCO

The glaciers were losing 58 billion tonnes of ice every year, equivalent to the combined annual water use of France and Spain, and were responsible for nearly five percent of observed global sea-level rise, the agency explained.

Signage promoting this year’s United Nations global summit on climate change, known as COP27, adorns Peace Road, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Wednesday.(AP)
Signage promoting this year’s United Nations global summit on climate change, known as COP27, adorns Peace Road, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Wednesday.(AP)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 06:18 AM IST
AFP | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Nepal mulls shifting Everest base camp due to risk of melting glacier

A recent article published in the Nature Portfolio journal reported that the ice on Everest has been thinning at an alarming rate. During an informal meeting of Nepal's tourism department, officials have discussed shifting the base camp of Mt Everest from the present location 

Tents of mountaineers are pictured at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district in Nepal. Nepal's tourism department mulls shifting Everest base camp due to risk of melting glacier, unsafe human activity (Photo by TASHI LAKPA SHERPA / AFP)
Tents of mountaineers are pictured at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district in Nepal. Nepal's tourism department mulls shifting Everest base camp due to risk of melting glacier, unsafe human activity (Photo by TASHI LAKPA SHERPA / AFP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 09:59 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Kathmandu

Ladakh organises first 'Siachen ice climbing festival' 

'Siachen ice climbing festival' is organised to promote the Siachen valley as an adventure spot and boost tourism in Ladakh. It will also give people a window to appreciate the tough work done by army jawans and engineers in the extreme weather and inhospitable terrains

Ladakh organises first 'Siachen ice climbing festival' (AP File)
Ladakh organises first 'Siachen ice climbing festival' (AP File)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 09:49 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Leh

Climate crisis takes toll on two key glaciers

The South Col glacier, the researchers said, is a sentinel for the accelerating ice loss in the Himalayas, where glaciers feed rivers that flow into the most populated regions in Asia, serving the fresh water need of billions of people.

The study addresses a key question from the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition on whether glaciers at the highest point on earth are experiencing the impacts of climate change.
The study addresses a key question from the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition on whether glaciers at the highest point on earth are experiencing the impacts of climate change.
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 05:51 AM IST
ByTannu Jain, New Delhi

Himalayan glaciers melting at 'exceptional rate' due to global warming: Study

The researchers found that the Himalayan glaciers have lost ice ten times more quickly over the last few decades than on average since the last major glacier expansion 400-700 years ago, a period known as the Little Ice Age.

The water released through that melting has raised sea levels across the world by between 0.92 millimetres (mm) and 1.38 mm, researchers said.(Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology | Representational image)
The water released through that melting has raised sea levels across the world by between 0.92 millimetres (mm) and 1.38 mm, researchers said.(Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology | Representational image)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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