Himalayan Melting and Its Devastating Consequences
The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, also called the third pole, contains the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest. It spreads from Afghanistan to Myanmar. This region is currently facing the rapid melting of ice cover. Glacial ice in the HKH is a global asset and main source of freshwater for more than 1/5 of the world's population.
The main drivers of Himalayan melting are rising global temperatures. The Himalaya will face devastating consequences of greater river flows, floods and outburst of glacier lakes within the next decades, also leading to water scarcity in the mid-term. All of these effects have an immense impact on the societies and the environment of the HKH region.
Robert Mahara and Theresia Ebert (Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, M.Sc)
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