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Feb 05, 2019 05:22 PM
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One-Third of Glaciers Under Threat in Key Himalaya Region: Report

The Imja glacial lake in the Everest region of the Solukhumbu district, some 140 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu.  Photo: VCG
The Imja glacial lake in the Everest region of the Solukhumbu district, some 140 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. Photo: VCG

At least one-third of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, which is spread across eight countries including China, will melt under rising temperatures caused by global warming even if climate change targets are met, a new report has found.

Glacier volumes in the region will decrease 64% by 2100 under current emissions levels. But even if the global temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over that period, volumes will still decrease 36%, according to the report compiled by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Program at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMD).

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