Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100

Feb 05, 2019, 2:36 AM EST
(Source: Jelle Visser/flickr)
(Source: Jelle Visser/flickr)

Unbated carbon emissions could prove a Himalayan blunder by humanity. A new report warns that if global warming sticks to its current trajectory, the Himalayas could be stripped of two-thirds of its glaciers by 2100, which could be catastrophic for billions of people in the region.

According to the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, the world would not be able to prevent the melting of one-third of the Himalayan glaciers even if it is successful in capping the global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as targeted in the ambitious Paris Agreement, writes Al Jazeera.

The melting of glaciers at such humongous scale could be disastrous for populations in India, China and six other countries, as the disruption in the flow of Asian rivers could deluge huge swathes of lands, destroying crops and damaging urban water systems and energy production, reports USA Today.