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As Himalayan Glaciers Melt, A Water Crisis Looms In South Asia

Via Yale e360, a look at how – as warmer air is thinning most of the vast mountain range’s glaciers, known as the Third Pole because they contain so much ice – the melting could have far-reaching consequences for flood risk and for water security for a billion people who rely on meltwater for their […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: The Imbalance of the Asian Water Tower

Via Nature, an abstract on a new research paper on the Third Pole: The Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalayan system, named the Third Pole because it is the largest global store of frozen water after the polar regions, provides a reliable water supply to almost 2 billion people. Marked atmospheric warming has changed the balance of this so-called […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Lithium Find In Himalayas Raises Alarm Over Water

Via EcoBusiness, an article on the potential hydro implications of recent Chinese claim of having found a “super large” deposit of lithium near Mount Everest: The recent discovery near Mount Everest of “super large” deposits of lithium, the key element in the batteries powering electric vehicles, has raised concerns over the fate of water resources in the region. […]

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Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Himalayan Dam Celebrated By China Raises Concern Downriver In India

Via Eurasia Review, a report on India’s concerns over China’s Baihetan Dam: When China celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, among other achievements it highlighted was a mega-dam that the country has built in southeastern Tibet. The latest behemoth dam to spark concern among downriver countries, the […]

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Over 1B People Affected If Himalayan Glaciers Continue To Melt

Via India Today, a report on how continuous melting of Himalayan glacier may threaten rivers from the Indus to Brahmaputra: Water volume and flow in rivers like Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra are set to increase excessively as snow and glaciers continue to melt due to climate change. The change in water volume and flow could […]

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2B People To Face Water Shortages As Ice On The World’s Highest Mountains Melts

As reported by UNDP, two billion people will face water shortages as ice on the Tibetan plateau melts: Asia’s Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountain ranges could lose up to two thirds of its ice by 2100, causing water and food shortages for over two billion people in the downstream river basins of South and East Asia, according […]

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