Global warming melting Tibetan glaciers

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Tibetan scientists warn of rapid climate change at the ‘roof of the world’. Julie Noce reports.

Global warming melting Tibetan glaciers

The Namsto Lake on the Tibetan plateau.

It sits some 4700 meters above sea level and is considered a holy site. For years, pilgrims have been walking around its shores, but the lake itself is expanding.

Global warming is raising temperatures world wide, but here, they are going up faster.

Nearby glaciers, which supply water to the lake and other bodies of water, are melting at an increasing rate.

Environmental academic Dawa Tsering.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY HEAD OF THE RURAL ECONOMY INSTITUTE, TIBETAN ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, DAWA TSERING, SAYING:

“…particularly recently, 20 years, we have some of the small glaciers disappearing from the Changchang region and some of the lakes increasing because the water coming more from the glacier side. So the global warming there is a strong impact on the Tibetan plateau, particularly for the glaciers.”

Scientists warned in 2009 that if melting continues at current levels, two-thirds of the plateau’s glaciers will likely be gone by 2050, potentially affecting up to two billion people in China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

As the world’s leaders prepare to convene in Paris for climate change talks, activists point to what’s happening in Tibet as a clear early warning sign for the consequences of global warming.

Tags : Glaciers, tibetan, Melting, warming, global

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