The End of Cold, 2018: Tibet & Andes Glaciers are Going Away, so is their Water

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 17 December 2018


OSU Science Digging into the Quelccaya Glacier along the Andes in Peru
OSU Science on the Quelccaya Glacier in the Andes in Peru, photo credit to Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Photo Credit to OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.


The End of Cold: Glaciers are Going Away

Climate change leading to water shortage in Andes, Himalayas,
Ohio State University, December 17,2018.


“Climate change could have devastating effects on vulnerable residents in the Andes mountains and the Tibetan plateau...”

Most Populous Nations
“...glaciers in both parts of the world are melting more rapidly than at any point in the last 10,000 years--mean the water supply in parts of Peru, Pakistan, China, India and Nepal will decline, soon.”

Half Ice Gone by 2100, maybe 66%
"By 2100, the best case scenario is that half of the ice will disappear. Worst-case scenario: two-thirds of it will. And you've got all those people depending on the glacier for water."

Research Scope & Scale
…“studying and documenting the effects of climate change on glaciers in Peru for more than 40 years.”

Instituting Similar Surveillance
on the
Tibetan Plateau
“...launched a research initiative to conduct similar research on the Tibetan plateau, which holds thousands of glaciers that supply water to people in parts of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan.”

“...drilled ice core samples from across the Tibetan plateau and the Andes mountains, examining the ice for clues about temperature, air quality and other large-scale events in history.”

"The last 200 years or so, we really understand. Now we are looking at the last 10,000 years."

Trouble in Tibet
“What they are finding is causing him some alarm. ”

Double Trouble
“...within the last century, the cores from both the Andes and the Himalayas show widespread and consistent warming.”

Lots of Disappointed People Coming
"This current warming is not typical, It is happening faster, it is more persistent and it is affecting glaciers in both Peru and India. And that is a problem, because a lot of people rely on those glaciers for their water."

202 Million Pakis Alone
Billions of Chinese, Indians, & S Americans, too?
"Precipitation is down and temperatures are up and that leads to retreating glaciers. There are 202 million people in Pakistan who rely on water from the Indus River--and that river is fed by the glacier.”


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