posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 01:20 PM
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is reporting that glaciers in the Himalaya Mountains are melting quickly and are warning this could lead to a
major water crisis in Asia. The Himalayan Glaciers are the greatest concentration of ice aside from the North and South poles. The ice is melting at
an average rate of 10 to 15 meters per year.
"The rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers will first increase the volume of water in rivers, causing widespread flooding," Jennifer Morgan, director
of the WWF's Global Climate Change Program, said.
"But in a few decades this situation will change and the water level in rivers will decline, meaning massive economic and environmental problems for
people in western China, Nepal and northern India."
Himalayan glaciers feed into seven of Asia's greatest rivers - the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze and Yellow rivers -ensuring a
year-round water supply to hundreds of millions of people in the Indian subcontinent and China.
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If the rate of global warming isn't reduced, China and other South Asia countries could be looking at an economic and development catastrophe.
Hundreds of millions of people are dependent on this ice for fresh drinking water.
First the rivers will flood from the increased melting then the rivers volume will decline leavening these people with out a source of drinking
It looks as if South Asia is not ye finished from taking a beating from Mother Earth. Hopefully Global warming can be reduced so the people there will
not need to suffer more loss of life.
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