Most glaciers in Mount Everest area will disappear


This story was produced by The Guardian as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Most of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region will disappear or drastically retreat as temperatures increase with climate change over the next century, according to a group of international researchers.

The estimated 5,500 glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region — site of Mount Everest and many of the world’s tallest peaks — could reduce their volume by 70-99 percent by 2100, with dire consequences for farming and hydropower generation downstream, they said.

“The signal of future glacier change in the region is clear: Continued and possibly accelerated mass loss from glaciers is likely, given the projected increase in temperatures,” said Joseph Shea, a glacier hydrologist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Nepal, and leader of the study published in The Cryosphere, the journal of the European Geosciences Union.

The team studied glaciers in the Dudh…

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