Melting of Himalayan glaciers a doomsday scenario: Mizoram GUV

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Aizwal, September 14:  Mizoram Governor had expressed his concern of the Himalayan glaciers which have are melting over the years and stated that the glaciers might disappear by the year 2035 if it keeps melting at the current rate.

Mizoram Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) speaking a workshop on climate change on Wednesday said that the Himalayas which is the largest body of snow on the planet after the Arctic and Antarctic which is sometimes referred to as the Third Pole.

He added that the melting of snow at the Arctic and Antarctic is frequently reported but melting of the Himalayan Glaciers go unreported.

The Governor stated that the glaciers in the Himalayas are the largest source of water for the North Indians as it provides most of the water to the Ganga. He added that the water from the Himalayan range feeds almost 30 per cent of the total population of the world.

He referring to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s report, the Governor said that the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and if the present rate continues, then by the year 2035 the glaciers might disappear.

He added that according to the report by the IPCC, the total area of glaciers in the Himalaya will shrink to 38,000 square miles by 2035 from 19,40,051 square miles and this is more or less a doomsday scenario.