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Are global warming skeptics being armed with a new weapon? Estimates from satellite monitoring suggest the melt rate from the Himalayas and other high-altitude Asian mountains in recent years was much less than what scientists on the ground had estimated, but those monitoring the satellite data warn not to jump to the skeptical conclusion.
Prof Jonathan Bamber, the director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre at the University of Bristol who wrote an accompanying article for Nature, said: "The very unexpected result [from the Nature study] was the negligible mass loss from [region known as] 'high mountain Asia', which is not significantly different from zero."
But does this surprising discovery mean that the world's glaciers – often described as climate change's "canaries in the mine" – are not in fast retreat as a result of warming temperatures, as has long been presumed?
Prof John Wahr of the University of Colorado, one of the study's authors, warned against this conclusion: "Our results and those of everyone else show we are losing a huge amount of water into the oceans every year. People should be just as worried about the melting of the world's ice as they were before." He added: "It is awfully dangerous to take an eight-year record and predict even the next eight years, let alone the next century."