Killing her, not so softly
Is global warming killing the Himalayan glaciers, including Gangotri-Gaumukh – the origin of Ganga?
By Akash Bisht
Surendra Rawat, 28, of the National Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, is a professional mountaineer. His job has taken him many times in the last five years to the breathtaking Gangotri Glacier near Gaumukh- the fount from where the mighty Ganges gurgles out from the awe inspiring Himalayas. On reaching the spot he was stunned. â€œGlacier is receding at a fast pace with each passing year and the water discharge from the snout is also on the decline,â€ he found. He believes it is because of global warming caused by the rise in temperature of the region â€œItâ€™s much warmer than it used to be earlier, â€œ he further noticed.
Confirming Rawatâ€™s argument of global warming researchers at HNB University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand, reveal that surface temperature has steadily increased over the years. Blaming emissions and increasing anthropogenic activities as the one of the probable reasons for soaring temperatures, the researchers predict disastrous future for the Gangotri glacier. Receding at a worrying rate post-1971 the glacier has retreated more than 1.25 kilometres since 1960â€™s. [more]