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Study concludes Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than expected - what are your thoughts?

A major new study by leading international cryosphere scientists, "Mass loss on Himalayan glacier endangers water resources” finds the melting of the Naimona’nyi Glacier in the Himalaya is happening faster than expected. The study concludes: "If Naimona’nyi is characteristic of other glaciers in the region, alpine glacier meltwater surpluses are likely to shrink much faster than currently predicted with substantial consequences for approximately half a billion people." “I have not seen much as compelling as this to demonstrate how some glaciers are just being decapitated,” Shawn Marshall of the University of Calgary said. Abstract: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2008/2008GL035556.shtml Further details: http://climateprogress.org/2008/11/26/another-climate-impact-comes-faster-than-predicted-himalayan-glaciers-decapitated/ Thoughts on this study? geoweeg - Geophysical Research Letters (peer-reviewed publication of the American Geophysical Union) is biased? Seriously? Are Science and Nature biased too?

Asked By: Dana1981 - 11/26/2008
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Answered By: J S - 11/26/2008
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what is actually happening is there are underground volcano' . when they erupt t's warmog the water
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Answered By: JAXX - 11/26/2008
 
The "faster than expected phrase" is thrown around a lot these days. I'll tell you one thing that's happening slower than expected, global warming. Temperatures have plateaued for the last 10 years while the IPCC was predicting 0.2 degrees per decade rise.
Answered By: Ben O - 11/26/2008
 
If the data is all accurate then it would be consistent with other glacier melting reports. The things we do now to "fix" the situation won't show results for a generation or two or three or...
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Answered By: ROBERT S - 11/26/2008
 
"If Naimona’nyi is characteristic of other glaciers in the region, alpine glacier meltwater surpluses are likely to shrink much faster than currently predicted with substantial consequences for approximately half a billion people... More
Answered By: sparhawk7322 - 11/26/2008
 
Third world countries and their sycophant apologists want money. What a shock. Glaciers advance and recede. Because some ignoramus suggests it is faster than he/she/it expects, that is no reason to believe it is a problem. Remember we had a warming spell. Guess what happens to glaciers in a warming trend. They... More
Answered By: jim z - 11/26/2008
 
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Answered By: Gertrud S - 11/26/2008
 
It is apparent that many alpine glaciers are melting all... More
Answered By: Common Sense - 11/26/2008
 
It sounds to me like global warming is a much more serious threat than people realize. If there begins to be flooding in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar as well as Western China, then maybe the Kyoto Protocol will host a major summit and put some more teeth into environmental consciousness.
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Answered By: Vlad Tepes - 11/26/2008
 
I read the links posted and its very well done research(imo). It is quite clear ice is melting in many areas of the Earth. As to what this means, it seems to me ice has to form and melt when changes in the energy flux occur. At this time Earth is in a warming cycle that began 20,000 years ago. It could be the high... More
Answered By: jim m - 11/26/2008
 
I didn't even read the articles, I just saw the link. As your evidence you site two sources that are biased towards AGW. I would think that would invalidate their opinions or whatever they want to call their "data... More
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Answered By: geoweeg - 11/26/2008
 
sometimes glaciers melt
Answered By: & - 11/26/2008
 
Not very newsworthy. Glaciers have been retreating since the mid - 1800's. But.... thanks for the update.
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Answered By: BB - 11/26/2008
 
But how much of that is due to brown clouds, both through trapping heat and through reducing precipitation?
Answered By: Randall E - 11/26/2008
 
Oh! Horror! Snow that comes down a mountain actually MELTS!
Answered By: peter.jungmann - 11/26/2008
 
Dana, have you read Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer yet, it’s a very sobering book. In it one of the areas he discuses is the Himalayan glaciers and the fact that they supply a considerable amount of water to two nuclear armed nations India and Pakistan via the Indus basin. Shrinking glaciers threaten this water supply... More
Answered By: gwens18a - 11/26/2008
 
Mountain glaciers disappearing is just as likely to be due to drought as rising temperatures. Or maybe not. Prove me wrong. But this really proves nothing.
Answered By: Tadd L - 11/26/2008
 
soot is also affecting the monsoon, lowering precipitation. its all so interconnected. i have started looking obsessively for 'silver lining' negative feedbacks in news stories, but finding precious few... More
Answered By: little.robbergirl - 11/27/2008
 
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