Global Environmental Concerns

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Global Concerns A 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the Himalayan glaciers were rapidly eroding and could dissipate as early as 2035. The global scientific community and the millions of residents in South East Asia that depend on the glacier's reservoirs for survival spent the next several years anticipating the effects of the change in global temperature that was deemed the cause of the dilemma. Recent studies by a team of scientists from Switzerland, however, indicate that the glaciers, which span from the Himalayas to the Karakoram mountains, are actually melting at a rate much slower than was initially anticipated. Consequently, their shrinkage should not have a substantial effect on the drainage of the region's larger rivers, which include the Brahmaputra and the Indus, among others. The Swiss scientists found that the glacier mass receded at an average rate of between 15 and 20 centimeters each year for the last few decades which, when factored in with a decrease in surface area of an average annual rate of .1 to .6 percent, resulted in a reduction in the mass of the glaciers at approximately 40 centimeters each year. These figures are significantly lower than those initially reported by the IPCC, which incorrectly measured the total area of the glaciers in the Karakoram and Himalayan regions and admitted to committing other errors in the methodology involved in the report. However, lead scientist Tobias Bolch, who
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