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Glaciers in Retreat – NYT Article

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Glaciers provide an excellent example for how climate change and water supply are intricately linked. Regions, such as large parts of India, that rely on glaciers for their drinking water and for irrigation are facing a tough challenge.

Studying Indian glaciers offers a snapshot of the consequences of global warming for India and raises vital questions about how the country will respond to them. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicted that as these glaciers melt, they would increase the likelihood of flooding over the next three decades and then, as they recede, dry up the rivers that they feed. “In the course of the century,” it warned darkly, “water supply stored in glaciers and snow cover are projected to decline, reducing water availability in regions supplied by meltwater from major mountain ranges, where more than one-sixth of the world population currently lives.”

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July 17th, 2007 at 6:59 am

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