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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-20-09 10:17 AM
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1. And the Himalayan glaciers that feed the Ganges are melting
India is talked about as transitioning to a developed state. But I don't see it as a real possibility. Instead, conditions are likely to deteriorate as population outstrips resources.

Himalayan glaciers may disappear by 2035

As the chairman of the International Commission for Snow and Ices (ICSI) working group on Himalayan Glaciology, Hasnain was then quoted by The New Scientist in the June 5, 1999, issue, in which also he had warned that most of the glaciers in the Himalayan region will vanish within 40 years as a result of global warming?. The article also predicted that freshwater flow in rivers across South Asia would eventually diminish, resulting in widespread water shortages.?

The Tribune in mid-July carried a special report quoting American environment guru Lester R. Brown, who warned that the way Indian glaciers were melting because of climate change, the Ganga may turn into a ``mausmi nadi before the turn of this century as its origin - the Gangotri glacier - was shrinking at an alarming speed. Many Himalayan glaciers could melt entirely by 2035,? Brown has also warned.

The giant Gangotri glacier supplies 70 per cent of the Ganga flow during the dry season. A study carried out by the Indias Department of Science and Technology has found the Gangotri glacier shrinking at a pace of 17 m a year due to global warming and climate change. Its mammoth neighbour Pindari glacier is also reportedly melting at a speed of about 9.5 m a year. The Gangotri glacier is the outlet of one of the largest glacier systems in the Himalayas, and the source of the Bhagirathi, one of the major tributaries of the Ganga.
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