- According to a new study published in Science Advances, that rate of ice loss in the Himalayan glaciers from 2000 to 2016 is double that from the period 1975 to 2000.
- The researchers constructed a 40-year record with 3D modelling, using declassified Cold War-era spy satellite images and more recent satellite photos
- According to the study, the annual glacial melt has accelerated from an average 10 inches to 20 inches. The fast rate of ice loss has been linked to rising average temperatures.
- Though temperatures vary from place to place, the average temperature in the region, between 2000 and 2016, was 1 degree Celsius higher than it was from 1975 to 2000.
- The region that encompasses the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain range and the Tibetan Plateau is widely known as the Third Pole. This is because its ice fields contain the largest reserve of fresh water outside the Polar Regions. The region is the source of the 10 major river systems that provide irrigation, power and drinking water to over a billion of people in Asia.
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