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Melting Himalayan glaciers herald floods and droughts

DW-online, Dec.4, 2010
Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany 2010

The study and observation of the Himalaya's glaciers is still in its infancy, not least because of the region's inaccessibility. The Indian government set up a glacier research center only last year in the Himalayan town of Dehra Dun. There Dwarijka Dhobal is kept busy observing climate change in motion. "The mouths of the glaciers through which the melt water flows out are receding by five to twenty meters every year. The volume is also reducing, on average the ice gets 30 cm thinner each year. Many millions of people depend on the melt water from the Himalayan glaciers to survive," adds Dhobal. more...

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