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    Himalayan Glaciers Not Melting

    Submitted by Doug L. Hoffman on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 15:26

    According to a flurry of recent reports by the BBC and other mass media, the glaciers in the Himalayan mountains are melting at a furious pace. Of course this is taken as proof that climate change is still taking place at an ever accelerating rate, despite the fact the global temperatures have remained flat for the past decade. What, then, explains the rapidly retreating Himalayan glaciers? Nothing, because the glaciers are not shrinking. A new report by a senior Indian glaciologist states that the glaciers remain frozen and quite intact, thank you.

    The report by Vijay Kumar Raina, formerly of the Geological Survey of India, seeks to correct widely spread reports that India's 10,000 or so Himalayan glaciers are shrinking rapidly in response to climate change. It's not true, Raina says. The rumors may have originated in the Asia chapter of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) 2007 Working Group II report, which claims that Himalayan glaciers “are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate.” Evidently, the bogus reporting was based on measurements from only a handful of glaciers."

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    Himalayan glacier melting observed from space
    March 27, 2007 The Himalaya, the “Roof of the World”, source of the seven largest rivers of Asia are, like other mountain chains, suffering the effects of global warming. To assess the extent of melting of its 33 000 km2 of glaciers, scientists have been using a process they have been pioneering for some years. Satellite-imagery derived glacier surface topographies obtained at intervals of a few years were adjusted and compared.

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    Himalayan glacier melting observed from space

    Calculations indicated that 915 km2 of Himalayan glaciers of the test region, Spiti/Lahaul (Himachal Pradesh, India) thinned by an annual average of 0.85 m between 1999 and 2004. The technique is still experimental, but it has been validated in the Alps and could prove highly effective for watching over all the Himalayan glacier systems. However, the procedure for achieving a reliable estimate must overcome a number of sources of error and approximation inherent in satellite-based observations.
     
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    Environment and Geology: Glacier melting in Himalayas may bring devastating floods in north Bihar plains of India.

    The Himalayas have the largest concentrations of glaciers outside the polar region. They feed numerous mountain lakes in Nepal and Bhutan as well as seven Asian rivers: the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Mekong, Thanlwin, Yangtze, and Yellow Rivers. Tributaries of the Kosi River encircle Mt Everest from all sides and are fed by the world's highest glaciers. The Gandak river basin is reported to contain 1025 glaciers and 338 lakes. These contribute substantially to the lean season flows of the river. The short-term result of glacial melting in the Himalayas has been flooding and landslides, which claim approximately 400 lives each year in Nepal. However, scientists fear that in future decades the water level in these rivers could decline sharply, leading to severe water shortages and threatening an agricultural region that feeds over one billion people.

    As the climate warms, Himalayan glaciers are melting more rapidly with each passing year, and that means first floods and then droughts for people of north Bihar in India.
     
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    Videos on Climate Change The Himalayan Glaciers Are Disappearing

    These vast and ancient ice glaciers bordering India and Tibet are second only in size to the polar ice caps.

    Billions of people in China and the Indian subcontinent rely on their vital freshwater to supply seven of the world's largest Asian rivers across the planet's most densely populated regions.

    However, global warming is causing the glaciers to melt for the first time since their formation 20,000 years ago, at a pace more rapid than anywhere else in the world.

    Over the last 25 years, the Gangotri glacier alone has retreated more than 850 meters. (Source: NASA)

    Dr. Jagdish Bahadur; Indian Glaciologist:
    Himalayan glaciers are in general on retreat as anywhere else on the planet due to global warming.
    VOICE:Continued melting at the current rate will result in massive flooding.

    Dr. Jagdish Bahadur:Immediately when glaciers recede they release more water.

    VOICE:…followed by severe drought.

    Dr. Jagdish Bahadur:But over a period of time when glacier mass is reduced; the water supplies will be in short. So water deficit will affect one and all.

    Swami Sundaranand; Hindu Monk (Hindi language):All these glaciers feed the Ganga. If these glaciers disappear,
    the Ganga is gone.
     
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    I just hope Al Gore gets to sell all his books before the real inconvenient truth is finally confirmed.
     
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    Gangotri glacier, source of the Ganges River, retreated a few dozen meters from 2004 to 2008.
    Photos provided by V. K. Raina.
     
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    Why let the truth get in the way of making hundeeds of millions of dollars?? Gore sure didn't.
     
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    The truth is that most of the ice cap and most of the glaciers in the world are melting.

    Lies won't change that.

    But the right will lie about anything if it suits them.
     
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    And you came to that conclusion how?

    You Luddites are amazing. You want to stop industrial production . But you also want FREE Healthcare. Make up your feeble mind.

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