June 20, 2019, The Liberacy:- Himalaya melt-down doubled since 2000. Himalayan glaciers were recorded to be melting since the start of this century and in last 40 years, it has melted to about 25% and that creates a massive threat to the world and mostly to the future of the people living around, who depends on the Himalayas for the source of drinking water.
These accurate information’s were recovered, when the files of a spy satellite were declassified, it gave the statistics of melting of glaciers from 1970, and the complete data was compared to the current stats around the 2000 km belt on the mountain. The locations of findings are pointed out in the figure above.
The results mainly showed that the Himalayan range is loosing 8 ton of ice per year and the more worrying part is that, it is not getting replaced by snow accordingly.
From 1975-2000 the Himalaya lost 22 cm of ice and from 2000-2016 it lost around 43 cm of ice. Even the low-level glaciers decreased up to 5 meters. This doubled melt-down of glaciers is due to global warming effects and also air pollution in the region.
Prof. Joerg Schaefer from Columbia University said that the doubling of the melting of glaciers is the issue everybody should be concerned about.
A report published in February 2019 also said that 75% of the ice in Hindu-Kush Himalayan region will be lost by the end of this century and even if immediate actions are taken to lower the emission and global warming effects, it will still be 50% of what it is today.