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Collapsing Glaciers Threaten Asia’s Water Supplies

Via Nature, a study on the impact of shrinking glacial ice on Asia’s water supplies: The ‘third pole’ is the planet’s largest reservoir of ice and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. It encompasses the Himalaya–Hindu Kush mountain ranges and the Tibetan Plateau. The region hosts the world’s 14 highest mountains and about 100,000 square […]

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Asia’s Water Supply Endangered by Third Pole Warming

Via Glacier Hub, an article on the climatological and glacial changes in the ‘third pole’, which encompasses the Himalayas, Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Tibetan Plateau: It is well known that warming will deeply affect glaciers and ice at the poles. Many of the effects are observable today and will continue to impact wildlife, people, […]

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Water Dangers In South Asia

Via the Third Pole, a detailed look at how – with glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events – the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely, or pay a huge price: Water in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is going through large and dramatic changes, caused […]

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The Start Of A Thaw In Indus Water Tensions?

Via Future Directions International, an article on a Pakistani delegation’s visit to Indian dam sites: In January, a Pakistani delegation undertook a tour of the Chenab Basin, to inspect Indian hydroelectric projects, including the Baglihar Dam. The delegation also inspected the Lower Kanai and Pakal Dal projects, both of which are currently under construction on the Chenab River. Pakistan […]

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The World’s ‘Third Pole’ Will Lose One-Third of Ice by 2100

Via Yale’s e360, summary of a sobering report on the Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges: Snow and ice in the Himalayas, near the China–India border. One-third of the ice in the Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountains will be lost due to rising temperatures by the end of the century, even if nations take aggressive […]

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The Indus: A River Of Growing Disasters

Via Third Pole.net, a look at a new report on the threats that glacier retreat will pose to the Indus basin, particularly vulnerable due to a combination of conflict and mismanaged development: Extent and impact of flood disasters in river basins originating in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from 2010-14 The International Centre for Integrated Mountain […]

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