The researchers at the University of Leads School of Geography in the United Kingdom recently discovered that the glaciers of the Himalayan region are losing their ice with a rate of at least 10 times higher than the average rate found in past centuries. The scientific reports said that the glaciers are melting at a very high speed in the past few decades as it has lost around 40% of its glacier areas compared to the major glacier expansion that is found in the past 400-700 years ago.
The scientists also warned that it will cause severe agricultural and hydrological effects in the country nearby this mountain region. In the past few decades, we have lost about 14,798 Himalayan ice as compared to the Little ice era.
Jonathan Carrivick, the co-author at the University of Leeds, UK, has said that this loss of ice from the Himalayan ranges are due to human-created climate change through various ways like excessive use of vehicles, factories, and use of cutting of forests and trees, etc. The researchers have said that it seems that it is one of the largest glacier expansions in the past 400-700 years ago. The eastern Himalayas near Hindukush Mountains is very sensitive as compared to other glaciers.
Anil Kulkarni, a glaciologist at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change in IISc said in a statement related to climate change that these glaciers will continue to shrink till mid-century leading to higher runoff, and after the middle of the century, this run-off with decrease gradually as the icy area would be reduced. It will give adverse effects on the water availability in the region nearby these glaciers.
The glaciers are melting at a very high pace and is a huge matter of concern for the Indian continent and the entire world; the report stated in its finishing line.