Glacial Watch

What the experts say:

Crisis Aversion at Antelope Watershed
By Wong How Man, China Exploration & Research Society

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TO THE SOURCE OF THE SALWEEN RIVER,
By Wong how Man, China Exploration & Research Society

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Recent Glacier Melt in the Inner Himalayas
By Hermann Achenbach

University of Göttingen, Institute of Geography, Department of Geography and High Mountain Geomorphology, Goldschmidtstraße 5, 37077 Göttingen, hachenb1@gwdg.de Hermann Achenbach In 2007 and 2008, I undertook two research expeditions to 25 glaciers located in High Valleys north of the Annapurna- and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.Learn More.

Risks of Intensification of Hydropower Development in Southwestern China
Provided By Civic Exchange

The problems caused by large‐scale hydropower projects have not yet received adequate investigation. To intensify hydropower development in the name of reducing carbon emissions without first finding acceptable solutions to these problems seems like putting the cart before the horse. It is risky to achieve carbon emissions reductions by sacrificing the long‐term well‐being of the people and the resources needed to continue development in the long‐term. If planned and built properly and in a measured manner, hydropower can be an appropriate sustainable energy source. But hasty decision‐making, disorderly development and over‐development will certainly result in the destruction of the nation’s water resources, wipe out peoples’ livelihoods, undermine social stability, waste the resources that China needs for its future competitiveness, upset China’s relations with its Southeast Asian neighbours, and perhaps even threaten national security, while a small number of people profit.Learn More.

Historical and Recent Glacier Fluctuations in the Inner Himalaya
Produced By Hermann Achenbach

Glaciologist Herman Achenbach provides comparitive glacial melt photos pertaining to the Himalayan region. Achenbach sheds light on the continuous, prominent glacial recession through mass and temperature changes over the last century.Learn More.

The Melt: Off Asia's Water Tower
Produced By Michael Zhao

In this package a short video and a panel of comparative images of glaciers encompass the entire debate and transport you from past to present. You will have the chance to both savor the untouched natural beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and see the changes starting with glaciers in the most powerful visual form, which is available only online.Learn More.

The Climate of Man
By Elizabeth Kolbert

As the effects of global warming become more and more apparent, will we react by finally fashioning a global response? Or will we retreat into ever narrower and more destructive forms of self-interest? It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.. Learn More.

Glaciers and guesswork
By Isabel Hilton

The “third pole” is hugely vulnerable to the effects of glacier retreat -- but the science is scarce. Isabel Hilton speaks with Andreas Schild, a specialist in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.Learn More.

Global Warming Melting Glaciers, Shrinking Harvests in China and India
By Lester Brown

The world is now facing a climate-driven shrinkage of river-based irrigation water supplies. Mountain glaciers in the Himalayas and on the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau are melting and could soon deprive the major rivers of India and China of the ice melt needed to sustain them during the dry season. Learn More.

Understanding glacier changes
By Kenneth Hewitt

Reports about the melting – and advancing – of Himalayan glaciers have sparked heated debate. In the first section of a three-part article,Kenneth Hewitt warns against oversimplification.Glaciers are quite sensitive to climate change and, recently, there have been many reports of major changes in the Himalaya and other parts of High Asia.Learn More.

Glaciergate was a blunder, but it's the sceptics who dissemble
By Robin McKie, The Observer

It was a strange moment that linked the fates of some of the world's poorest farmers to the interests of an increasingly powerful set of western lobby groups. Last week, UN climate researchers admitted they had grossly overestimated the chances that the Himalayas' glaciers would soon disappear as a result of global warming.Learn More.

The real Himalayan scandal
By Isabel Hilton, China Dialogue

What's really shocking about research into the glaciers of the Himalayas is how little there has been.The pace and pattern of glacier retreat is urgent, and needs to be understood through science, not dismissed by ignorant sceptics, chinadialogue editor Isabel Hilton wrote in a commentary for The Guardian.Learn More.

Tibetan Plateau in Peril
By Michael Zhao, Far Eastern Economic Review Online

Climate change is usually discussed as tomorrow’s problem. But the world’s most elevated land, the Tibetan Plateau, is already feeling the effects of warming temperatures, melting glaciers and permafrost, and degrading pastoral ecosystems. Put simply, the Tibetan Plateau is melting, endangering much of Asia and the world’s population.Learn More.

China´s Magic Melting Mountain
By Orville Schell, Condé Nast Magazine

Glaciologist Thompson insists that the science speaks for itself: “A glacier is a wonderful archive. You can take it to any government, or the U.S. Senate, and no one has yet come up with any political agenda that a glacier might have except that the climate on the planet is changing.”Learn More.

Why are the Himalayan glaciers melting?
By BBC

The BBC's Chris Morris travels to the main source of the Ganges river to find out why the glaciers are melting.As the first light of dawn lit up the snow-covered mountain peaks, we trekked through a barren landscape 4,000 metres up in the Indian Himalayas, heading for the Gangotri glacier, the main source of the River Ganges.Learn More.

Glacier Environments- Hazards and Disaster
By ICIMOD

Global trends in natural disasters for the last two decades show that both the number of disasters and the number of affected people are increasing, leading to major environmental and socio-economic costs.Policy makers and practitioners need to better understand local contexts and needs for improved disaster risk reduction activities.Learn More.

Warm Ocean Waters are Speeding Greenland Glacier Melt
By Lynn Englum, WWF Climate Blog

According to newly published letter from NASA and university researchers in Nature Geoscience,at the lower reaches of west Greenland glaciers--where the glaciers terminate in ocean waters--the submerged portions of the glaciers are melting 100 times faster than the above water areas of the glaciers where warm air temperatures drive the melting.Learn More.

Melting Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau
By Claudia Delpero, WWF

If I compare this land to what it used to be in the 1960s, it is difficult for me to recognize it,” recalls Qi Mei Duo Jie, a 71-year-old nomadic herder from Yanshiping in China’s central-western Qinghai Province.Glaciers are melting, temperatures are rising and rainy seasons have become unpredictable.Learn More.