threatening fragile ecosystems, vulnerable communities, and billions of people downstream who rely on the rivers fed by the ice pack.
by 2100, the Himalayan region could lose up to two-thirds of its glaciers, a study shows.
farming communities, this means water shortages, less feed for their livestock, and increased risks of natural disasters such as landslides and glacial lake flash floods.
heating up at rates up to 0.7°C (1.3°F) higher than the global average, and poor communities are already feeling the impacts.
But with warming temperatures, the amount of water and fresh grass available for the animals has diminished rapidly. From a herd of 40 yaks, Chhireng Tamang now has just nine.
which depend on intact glacier ecosystems for their energy, clean air, and livelihoods.
severe freshwater shortages
The Himalayas are, at present, heating up at rates up to 0.7°C (1.3°F) higher than the global average
affect current livelihoods centered around tourism and traditional agricultural practices
Many people in the area have already given up farming and grazing, and now work in tourism
Air pollution from India’s densely populated Indo-Gangetic Plains, one of the most polluted regions in the world, is speeding up the melting: the deposits of black carbon and dust trap solar radiation that would otherwise be reflected out by the white ice.
along their edges, they build up walls of rock debris known as moraine.
When the glaciers melt and form lakes, these moraine dams are all that hold the water back.
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