Study: Most Himalayan Glaciers Staying Stable Almost Corresponds To Hiatus In Global Warming Over Past Decade

  • Date: 12/05/14
  • CBS News

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A new study has found that most Himalayan glaciers are stable and in a steady state compared to the results of other studies carried out for the period prior to 2001.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) explained that in the last decade the period of monitoring almost corresponds to a hiatus in global warming.

The study’s goal was to find out the change in the extent of Himalayan glaciers during the last decade. Roughly 2,018 glaciers were mapped and monitored including glaciers of the Karakoram, Himachal, Zanskar, Uttarakhand, Nepal and Sikkim regions.

Roughly 86 percent of glaciers observed had stable fronts meaning no change occurred in the area of ablation zone. Only 12 percent exhibited retreat and 0.9 percent of them exhibited advancement of snout, which means the end of a glacier at any point in time. The net loss in area of the 2,018 glaciers was found to be  0.2 percent.

The Himalayan mountain system to the north of the Indian land mass has one of the largest concentration of glaciers outside of the polar regions in its high-altitude regions. Variations in the extent of those glaciers are understood to be an indicator of climatic variations of the earth system and also might have implications on the availability of water resources in the rivers systems, the GWPF cited.

A new climate change report backed by the White House, though, states that global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous.

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