Global warming melting Himalayan glaciers at an ‘exceptional’ rate, study says

<p><p>The world has presented scientists with a new flashing warning sign.</p></p><p><p>According to a new study, global warming is causing glaciers in the Himalayas to melt at an “exceptional rate.” The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.</p></p><p><p>The glaciers are also melting there faster than any other region of the world, threatening the water supply of close to 2 billion people. Only Antartica and the Arctic have more ice than the Himalayas.</p></p><p><p>“Our findings clearly show that ice is now being lost from Himalayan glaciers at a rate that is at least 10 times higher than the average rate over past centuries,” University of Leeds professor and researcher Jonathan Carrivick, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “This acceleration in the rate of loss has only emerged within the last few decades and coincides with human-induced climate change.”</p></p><p><p>The study found the glaciers had lost as much as 40% of their area, much of it since the 1970s.</p></p><p><p>The glaciers supply water to people who live in the mountains and in the valleys near rivers like the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra and many others.</p></p><p><p>A colleague of Carrivick said time is running out to prevent further disaster.</p></p><p><p>“This research is just the latest confirmation that those changes are accelerating and that they will have a significant impact on entire nations and regions,” University of Dundee researcher Simon Cook, one of the study’s co-authors, said.</p></p>