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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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Another glacier burst at Uttarakhand’s Joshimath puts authorities on alert

  • Uttarakhand on February 7 witnessed loss of lives, disappearances and devastation of property due to a glacial burst at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district which triggered floods that destroyed two hydropower projects near the Naina Devi National Park.
In this file photo from February, NDRF personnel are seen carrying out rescue and restoration work at damaged Tapovan barrage, weeks after the glacier burst at Joshimath which triggered a massive flash flood on Feb. 7, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI Photo)
In this file photo from February, NDRF personnel are seen carrying out rescue and restoration work at damaged Tapovan barrage, weeks after the glacier burst at Joshimath which triggered a massive flash flood on Feb. 7, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI Photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 08:18 AM IST
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Uttarakhand glacier burst: 4 more bodies of UP residents found, 59 still missing

  • Several residents and also workers at the power stations were either killed or trapped in debris and slush deposited by the deluge caused by the glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district.
Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are seen during their search and rescue operation to look for missing people at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are seen during their search and rescue operation to look for missing people at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2021 08:46 AM IST
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'Hanging glacier broke away from main structure in Uttarakhand': DRDO

Sunday's violent surge below Nanda Devi swept away the small Rishiganga hydro electric project and damaged a bigger one further down the Dhauliganga river being built by state firm NTPC. At least 18 bodies have been recovered so far.
ITBP personnel use machinery to clear muck as they try to enter a tunnel to rescue trapped workers of a power plant, in Tapovan area of Uttarakhand on Monday.(AP Photo)
ITBP personnel use machinery to clear muck as they try to enter a tunnel to rescue trapped workers of a power plant, in Tapovan area of Uttarakhand on Monday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 04:17 PM IST
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What is glacial lake outburst flood? What happened in Uttarakhand's Chamoli?

It is yet to be investigated what triggered the breach — whether there was an avalanche in the area recently or whether the lake breach was the result of construction, anthropological activities, climate change etc.
ITBP personnel at rescue work in Tapovan.
ITBP personnel at rescue work in Tapovan.
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 01:15 PM IST
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Kareena Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan pray for victims of Uttarakhand glacier burst

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sara Ali Khan took to their respective Instagram Stories to post notes of their concern for the Uttarakhand glacier burst tragedy and the victims.
Kareena Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan wrote about the Uttarakhand tragedy.
Kareena Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan wrote about the Uttarakhand tragedy.
Published on Feb 08, 2021 08:48 AM IST
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Uttarakhand glacier burst: Day after tragedy, multi-agency rescue operations on

Uttarakhand Police and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat have tweeted alerted people against rumours of another flood after reports of rescue operations halting due to the rise in water level on Sunday evening emerged.
SDRF resumes rescue operations on Monday morning at Tapovan. (Photo: SDRF)
SDRF resumes rescue operations on Monday morning at Tapovan. (Photo: SDRF)
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 08:18 AM IST
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Glacier breach causes floods in Uttarakhand

  • Eyewitnesses recalled that such was the force of the water flowing and boulders rolling down from the upper reaches near Raini village that the under-construction Rishi Ganga dam was completely washed away.
The Nanda Devi glacial burst caused an avalanche at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday.(PTI)
The Nanda Devi glacial burst caused an avalanche at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday.(PTI)
Published on Feb 08, 2021 07:19 AM IST
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Teams of NDRF’s eighth battalion rushed to Uttarakhand for search and rescue

A major relief and rescue effort is on in Chamoli where a flood was triggered in river Dhauliganga after the glacier burst.
Rescue operations underway after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (PTI)
Rescue operations underway after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (PTI)
Published on Feb 08, 2021 04:31 AM IST
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U'khand glacier burst: Scientists to be airlifted to affected areas, says IAF

"Scientists with specialised equipment will also be taken to the areas for aerial reconnaissance. We will ensure that maximum bases are available to support the operations," officials said.
Chamoli: Rescue operations underway after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_07_2021_000220B)(PTI)
Chamoli: Rescue operations underway after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_07_2021_000220B)(PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2021 11:40 PM IST
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See the biggest glacier in France before it all but disappears

The Mer de Glace remains the biggest glacier in France, and the second-largest in the Alps. But it’s also become a symbol of the rapid pace of global warming.
At that time and until the late 1980s, thousands of years of ice covered the steep valley.(Unsplash)
At that time and until the late 1980s, thousands of years of ice covered the steep valley.(Unsplash)
Published on Nov 17, 2020 04:07 PM IST
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France | ByBloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Glacier, waterfall captured on Himachal road. Watch stunning video

The video shows the vehicle driving through the waterfall.
A screenshot from the video shared by Twitter user Ankur Rapria, IRS.(Twitter/@ankurrapria11)
A screenshot from the video shared by Twitter user Ankur Rapria, IRS.(Twitter/@ankurrapria11)
Published on Jun 19, 2020 05:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Kohli

Oceans and glaciers bearing ‘unprecedented’ impact of climate change: IPCC

The “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” by IPCC has projected that global glacier mass loss in the next few decades till 2050 will increase river runoff and related hazards like landslides, avalanches and floods.
Receding glaciers and ice sheets have increased the rate of sea level rise, an intergovernmental panel on climate change has reported.(AP Photo)
Receding glaciers and ice sheets have increased the rate of sea level rise, an intergovernmental panel on climate change has reported.(AP Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2019 03:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Switzerland to hold ‘funeral march’ for lost glacier

The organisation which helped organise Sunday’s march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.
People climb to take part in a mourning ceremony as awareness to climate change, for the disappearing Pizol glacier, in Mels, Switzerland, September 22, 2019. REUTERS(REUTERS)
People climb to take part in a mourning ceremony as awareness to climate change, for the disappearing Pizol glacier, in Mels, Switzerland, September 22, 2019. REUTERS(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 22, 2019 03:08 PM IST
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Mels (Switzerland) | ByAgence France-Presse

Iceland builds monument to a glacier lost

Iceland on Sunday honoured the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
This combination of Sept. 14, 1986, left, and Aug. 1, 2019 photos provided by NASA shows the shrinking of the Okjokull glacier on the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland.(AP photo)
This combination of Sept. 14, 1986, left, and Aug. 1, 2019 photos provided by NASA shows the shrinking of the Okjokull glacier on the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland.(AP photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2019 11:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Reykjavik | ByAgence France-Presse

Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson are also due to attend the event.
This combination of Sept. 14, 1986, left, and Aug. 1, 2019 photos provided by NASA shows the shrinking of the Okjokull glacier on the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland.(AP)
This combination of Sept. 14, 1986, left, and Aug. 1, 2019 photos provided by NASA shows the shrinking of the Okjokull glacier on the Ok volcano in west-central Iceland.(AP)
Updated on Aug 18, 2019 09:47 AM IST
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Reykjavik | ByAgence France-Presse

Melting glaciers threaten water reserves in Sutlej tributaries

The Sutlej along with its tributaries acts as a Himalayan power house, thanks to its hydroelectricity generation potential. More than 50% of the river’s annual flow comes from melting of snow.
A team of scientists on Nadu glacier in Lahaul and Spiti.(HT Photo)
A team of scientists on Nadu glacier in Lahaul and Spiti.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 30, 2019 12:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shimla | By, Shimla

Iceland to mark first glacier lost to climate change

Come October 18, Iceland will issue a plaque that will mark an unusual event – the passing of a glacier lost to climate change. It will be the first monument of its kind.
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 29, 2019 01:04 PM IST
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4 pilgrims injured as glacier collapses in Himachal

The landslide owing to heavy rains has blocked routes, forcing authorities to temporarily halt the pilgrimage that began on July 15.
Four pilgrims were critically injured when a portion of a glacier collapsed and hit them while they were on the Shrikhand Mahadev yatra.(ANI Photo)
Four pilgrims were critically injured when a portion of a glacier collapsed and hit them while they were on the Shrikhand Mahadev yatra.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2019 04:39 PM IST
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Shimla | ByIndo Asian News Service

Alaska’s heat wave fuels dangerous smoke, melts glaciers

The culprit is the Swan Lake wildfire to the south in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, which has burned since a June 5 lightning strike and consumed more than 68,000 acres, fire managers said.
A glacier is seen from Air Force One June 30, 2019, near Anchorage, Alaska.(AFP)
A glacier is seen from Air Force One June 30, 2019, near Anchorage, Alaska.(AFP)
Published on Jul 01, 2019 03:57 PM IST
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Alaska | ByReuters

Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: Study

Scientists have long been trying to establish how quickly rising global temperatures caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas are eating away at the region’s icebound landscapes, sometimes referred to as Earth’s third pole.
The new analysis, spanning 40 years of satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, showed glaciers have been losing the equivalent of more than a vertical foot-and-a-half of ice each year since 2000. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, file)
The new analysis, spanning 40 years of satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, showed glaciers have been losing the equivalent of more than a vertical foot-and-a-half of ice each year since 2000. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, file)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 08:20 AM IST
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London | ByReuters

#Travel: Trekking up a glacier in Iceland

Myths come to life amid the black volcanic mountains, falling snow and clear blue ice.
The black at the Sòlheimajökul glacier comes from the under-ice Katla volcano, which has erupted from time to time for over 900 years, most recently in 1918.(Mohit Khushalani)
The black at the Sòlheimajökul glacier comes from the under-ice Katla volcano, which has erupted from time to time for over 900 years, most recently in 1918.(Mohit Khushalani)
Published on Jun 08, 2019 03:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMohit Khushalani

Melting glaciers may add 10 inches to sea levels by 2100: Study

The research indicates that the smaller glaciers could play a much larger role in sea level rise than researchers had previously thought.
Glaciers worldwide are likely to lose anywhere from 18 to 36 per cent of their mass by 2100.(Getty Images)
Glaciers worldwide are likely to lose anywhere from 18 to 36 per cent of their mass by 2100.(Getty Images)
Published on May 27, 2019 02:55 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India

‘Glaciers shrinking much faster than experts had gauged’

The world’s glaciers are shrinking five times faster now than they were in the 1960s. Their melt is accelerating due to global warming, and adding more water to already rising seas, the study found.
Glaciers are losing 369 billion tonnes of snow, ice per year due to global warming.(Getty)
Glaciers are losing 369 billion tonnes of snow, ice per year due to global warming.(Getty)
Published on Apr 09, 2019 11:36 PM IST
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Associated Press | ByAssociated Press

Melting glaciers throw up bodies of dead climbers on Mount Everest

More than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first climbers’ deaths on the Everest were recorded. Most bodies have remained buried under glaciers or snow, as per media reports.
According to studies, glaciers in the Everest region are melting and thinning.(AFP File Photo)
According to studies, glaciers in the Everest region are melting and thinning.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2019 10:09 AM IST
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Kathmandu | ByIndo Asian News Service

Ganga flow may rise till 2050 due to melting glaciers, then fall abruptly

Climate change will begin altering water levels in the Ganga and Brahmaputra in the next three decades, and after 2050, the rivers could record an abrupt decrease in flow, according to a study that predicts disruptions which could jeopardise agriculture and access to drinking water.
The report, released on Monday, predicts that a third of glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Himalayan region will thaw if average global temperatures rise by 1.5°C.(Picture for representation)
The report, released on Monday, predicts that a third of glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Himalayan region will thaw if average global temperatures rise by 1.5°C.(Picture for representation)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 08:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Himalayan glaciers in warming danger, will affect flow of rivers like Ganga: Study

The Hindu-Kush Himalaya region covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan and is home to Mount Everest, K2 and other significant peaks. The glaciers here feed rivers including the Ganges, Indus, Yellow, Mekong and Irrawaddy.
The study warns that if global climate efforts fail, current emissions would lead to five degrees in warming and a loss of two-thirds of the glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalaya region by 2100.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
The study warns that if global climate efforts fail, current emissions would lead to five degrees in warming and a loss of two-thirds of the glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalaya region by 2100.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 05, 2019 12:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Ice melting faster in Antarctic glacier, vast hole surprises NASA scientists

NASA scientists have discovered a gigantic cavity, almost 300 metres tall, growing at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, indicating rapid decay of the ice sheet and acceleration in global sea levels due to climate change.
NASA scientists have discovered a gigantic cavity, almost 300 metres tall, growing at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, indicating rapid decay of the ice sheet and acceleration in global sea levels due to climate change.(AFP)
NASA scientists have discovered a gigantic cavity, almost 300 metres tall, growing at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, indicating rapid decay of the ice sheet and acceleration in global sea levels due to climate change.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 05:24 PM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India

Himalayan glacier recedes as climate change hits home

Chaturangi proves more vulnerable to climatic variability than Gangotri, retreats at much faster clip.
Chaturangi glacier, a tributary of the Gangotri glacier, is retreating at a “considerable rate” and may vanish in the future, according to a research paper accepted to be published in the Current Science journal’s February edition.(Picture for representation)
Chaturangi glacier, a tributary of the Gangotri glacier, is retreating at a “considerable rate” and may vanish in the future, according to a research paper accepted to be published in the Current Science journal’s February edition.(Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 08:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi
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