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I’m Melting… Or Am I?

When people are asked what the number one environmental issue is, what do you think they say? Endangered species? No.  Smog? No. The actual answer is climate change (or global warming, no matter how you say or want to say it).

Climate change is such a hot topic nowadays some natural wonders can’t even keep up with the heat, and believe me, they are way out of the kitchen. According to the National Academy of Science based in Washington, D.C., glaciers around the globe don’t know how to react to the constantly changing temperatures, especially in one of snow and ice’s favorite destinations: the Himalayan mountain range.

A new study suggests that glaciers in the eastern and central regions of the Himalayas are receding at hastened rates, similar to other glaciers in other regions of the world. The interesting part is that glaciers in the western Himalayan Mountains are staying constant and could possibly growing stronger and thicker.

This plays a large role in the region’s climate because the melting glaciers contribute to the region’s fresh water supply through rivers, lakes and streams. For right now, the retreating ice does not have an immediate effect because the region consistently relies on summer smowmelt and the rains in the monsoon season for its immediate supply. However if this continues, researchers propose that the thawing glaciers may cause a lack of fresh water availability over the next several decades to tens of central Asian countries.

Image Credit: Wired.com

Researchers also suggest that the melting glacier ice could be a key component of maintaining water security throughout times of drought; during the 2003 drought in Europe, extremely high water levels in the Danube River (caused by melted glacial ice) helped the region throughout its dry spell. The research team is suggesting a similar thing may happen in the Himalayan region over the next few decades.

So if your local glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, don’t fear, because they may be growing in another place in your area. And who knows? They could help you out in the long run too.

by Scott Sincoff

  • Sep 19th, 2012 at 19:05 | #1

    I have read so many articles on the topic
    of the blogger lovers except this paragraph is genuinely a good post,
    keep it up.

  • garcol euphrates
    Apr 19th, 2013 at 09:43 | #2

    RE: Published April 15, 2013 06:36 AM
    Is Ice Loss by Glaciers Abnormal?

    You (editorial content managers) seem to want to have it both ways – AGW exists/does not exist because the proof can be read in either way.
    The carelessly?/biased? article (glommed from Science Daily which attributes it to one Vince Stricherz and reprinted from materials provided by University of Washington), makes out the current research by Steig indicates that “the ’90s were not greatly different from some other decades — such as the 1830s and 1940s — that also showed marked temperature spikes,” essentially giving support for Koch-financed climateurs.
    Actually, STEIG has a different slant on this, and indicates that the data for the EASTERN Antarctic very strongly supports radical climate change due to AGW – but this is buried in the body in the 7th paragraph – and after the “no real change” headline has made its contrary point.
    Steig makes it clear in http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/04/ice-hockey/#more-15171
    A bit more fact-checking PLEASE!!!!!

  • garcol euphrates
    Apr 19th, 2013 at 17:05 | #3

    Congrats to Andy Soos for a clear and fair report on Antarctic climate: From: Andy Soos, ENN
    Published April 17, 2013 04:00 PM
    Antarctica Peninsula Climate Reconstruction
    Thank you.

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