study in the journal Science shows
that the shrinkage of glaciers will cause a lack in water sources for
crops, ultimately leading to food shortages for approximately 60
million people living near the Himalayas. This study is one of the
first to observe the effect melting glaciers have on the Himalayan
river basins, and could possibly further provoke the existing debate
that climate change will destroy river basins located mostly in
Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, China and Bhutan.
scientists Marc Bierkens, Walter Immerzee and Ludovicus Van Beek –
who conducted the study and wrote in the journal -- concluded that
basins around the Himalayas such as the Indus, Ganges and
Brahamaputra depend on the melting
glaciers to water their crops, and could see a 19.6 percent
decline in their water supply by 2050.
estimate that the food security of 4.5 percent of the total
population will be threatened as a result of reduced water
availability," the researchers wrote. "The strong need for
prioritizing adaptation options and further increasing water
productivity is therefore eminent."
new study largely contrasts the U.N. report in 2007, where the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change estimated that hundreds of millions of
people were in danger from the receding glaciers. According to the
scientists, the reason for the "discrepancy" is that only
some basins in this area depend on the glaciers. Others, such as
China's Yellow River basin, obtain their water from rainfall and are
expected to see a 9.5 percent increase in water supply due to the
changing climate altering the pattern of monsoons.
show that it's only certain areas that will be affected," said
Bierkens. "The amount of people affected is still large. Every
person is one too many but it's much less than was first
addition, the U.N. report included other errors such as the Himalayas
disappearing by 2035, when actual data indicates that this will
happen by 2350. Client
change skeptics attacked this inaccuracy, which in fact, was
just a mistake in transposing the numbers.
scientists agree that "glaciers are melting at an accelerated
temperatures increase," and that the reason is related to
the higher "atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases such
as carbon dioxide." Evidence for this appears in the
considerable losses seen in glaciers across the Andes, Alaska, the
Alps and several other ranges. According to researchers in the United
States and Europe, "more than 90 percent of glaciers worldwide
are in retreat."
who did not take part in the study, such as Zhongqin Li, director of
the Tianshan Glaciological Station in China, noted that the
scientists performing the study disregarded many other basins in
central Asia and northwest China which
will be affected by the glacial losses. Other glacial experts and
scientists warned that "uncertainties and lack of data for the
region makes it difficult to say what will happen in the next few
decades to the water supply." While many researchers are
skeptical of exact numbers in the study, they do agree that
be a concern for those living in the glacial-dependent
basins due to climate change. In addition, problems like pollution,
overpopulation and poverty are added stress to the situation.
paper teaches us that there's a lot of uncertainty in the future
water supply of Asia and within the realm of plausibility are
scenarios that may give us concern," said Casey Brown, an
assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the
University of Massachusetts.
present, we know that water concerns are already a certainty - the
large and growing populations and high dependence on irrigated
agriculture which makes the region vulnerable to present climate
paper is additional motivation to address these present concerns
through wise investments in better management of water
resources in the region, which for me means forecasts,
quote: You lost me at "inhumane treatment of animals"
quote: We also continue to question - why is it so important that all the wheat / sugarcane / corn grow to be the same length? Is the mechanical efficency gained at harvest really worth the amount of pesticides, genetically enhanced seeds, and synthetic fertilizers that are used to accomplish that?
quote: I am in agreement though that people should learn to grow some of their own food when and if they can.
quote: I guess we will disagree on some topics though I have agreed with you on others.
quote: I just happen to think it is good to learn other things, even if you may not use them extensively in life. I already know farming since I grew up on a farm, but I became a chemist for my career.
quote: Some people like me would like to be able to provide for ourselves in an emergency, at least until we can obtain the services of someone more skilled in the area of need.
quote: I respect your beliefs in reliance on a diverse society, I hope you can respect my beliefs in self reliance also.
quote: I happen to think that everyone should do a mandatory two years in the military.
quote: I am in agreement though that people should learn to grow some of their own food when and if they can. Should the economy take a much more severe downturn than it has already it could be a very useful skill to have.
quote: Call me crazy, but I just think that eating is an intimate activity - that there's a right way and a wrong way to raise and slaughter animals - that there's a certain level of respect that everyone should have for their food that gets lost in the shuffle of modern agriculture.
quote: Only a blockhead would actually claim that proponents of this theory aren't the ones with the political ideological agenda.
quote: Otherwise, I don't see why you would spend so much time spreading your opinion when the majority of users don't agree with you
quote: So if a "majority" of scientist agree on something, it's true.
quote: If a "majority" of raters disagree with me, I'm an extremist paid Daily Tech mole?
quote: You seem to be very hung up on majorities. Are you a very insecure person?
quote: The country IS "far right". It was founded on "far right" principles. And the majority of the country when polled, identify themselves as "far right".
quote: Or maybe I should support the idea. That way when the rest of us finally snap from paying taxes for everyone else's EV car, it will be really easy to identify the enemy. Simply drag anyone out of an EV you find, kicking and screaming, and put a bullet in their face .
quote: This will be my last reply to you
quote: Climate Change research is a huge pile of money just waiting to be grabbed. It pays for itself.
quote: The eugenicists didn't go away after Hitler's demise, they just changed their names and/or went underground.
quote: 'Overpopulation' is simply a eugenicist lie, you could fit the whole current population of the Earth into Australia and each person would have about 600 square meters of land
quote: Climate change science is a big fat load of waffle.
quote: Mainstream media, stop pitting the ignorant vs the educated and framing it as a debate
quote: It's scientists vs non-scientists, and since the topic is science, the non-scientists don't get to vote
quote: Prove to me that climate change is a seroius problem. No quotes from professors, media clippings, papers, nothing of the sort. Just prove to me using your own research from real data that climate change is a serious problem. I've done my own research and so far I see nothing conclusive to tell me that climate change is a serious problem.
quote: You had better forward your own research to the experts, you know, the actual scientists with degrees in things like atmospheric physics, who know what they're talking about because they have the proper education in the field of discussion. Your info could set them all straight! I bet you could even win a Nobel Prize for environmental physics.
quote: You mean the ones who sullied all true science when they perpetrated Climategate?
quote: There was no scientific malpractice at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, which was at the centre of the "Climategate" affair.
quote: "We found absolutely no evidence of any impropriety whatsoever. That doesn't mean that we agreed with all of their conclusions, but these people were doing their jobs honestly."- Lord Oxburgh
quote: Associated Press
quote: The fact remains that the majority of scientists agree that Climate Change is real.
quote: You are choosing to ignore this fact because it does not align with your political-fed beliefs.
quote: Yeah now THAT is another Leftist talking point that's been dispelled more times than I can count. Sorry but there is no scientific consensus that Man Made Climate Change is real. In fact, it's THE most debated issue in years.
quote: Right because someone named "greenman" would clearly be unbiased?
quote: How are biased YouTube video's in ANY WAY some kind of "proof" ?
quote: No law enforcement officials, you know, those who actually investigate for a living, were even involved.
quote: The Climatic Research Unit email controversy (dubbed "Climategate" in the media) began in November 2009 with the Internet leak of thousands of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia's (UEA) Climatic Research Unit (CRU). According to the university, the emails and documents were obtained through the hacking of a server. Climate change sceptics's allegations that they revealed misconduct within the climate science community were quickly publicised by the media, provoking the controversy.The UEA and CRU issued rebuttals of the allegations. Additionally, the Norfolk Constabulary is conducting a criminal investigation of the server breach.
quote: Damn, all that digging was tough work, I can see why you didn't bother. So much effort to type in <East Anglia University investigation> into Google.
quote: Peter Sinclair, the author of the Greenman3610 channel is a graphic artist, illustrator, animator, and advocate of environmental awareness and energy alternatives (not a scientist). He is not a scientist.
quote: quotes from Bill Maher:
quote: ...desperate bunch. Climate change science is a big fat load of waffle. And I'd be happy to leave them all...
quote: We'll have to find ways of keeping 50s—seniors productive. But, overpopulation is a bigger problem than climate change. It makes the problems from climate change worse and speeds it up.
quote: I would also like to say that siting CO2 as the main cause for the warming is just ignorant. The earth has always had temperature changes with or without humans. This change is surely a combination of things natural and man made. There have been solar flares lately too. That could even be affecting the temperature of the planet.
quote: But warming will lengthen growing seasons in many places, and make previously unproductive land productive.
quote: The model shows that the Indus and the Brahmaputra rely most on glaciers: meltwater accounts for 60 per cent of water carried by the Indus and 20 per cent of that in the Brahmaputra, but less than 10 per cent of the Ganges, Yangtze and Yellow rivers comes from melted ice. Rainfall makes up the rest.
quote: These results would suggest that the Indus and Brahmaputra will be hardest hit by climate change – but taking into account changes in rainfall patterns with climate change causes a different pattern to emerge, says Immerzeel.To make up for this, he fed temperature, rainfall and snow projections into his model. He found that by 2050, the upstream flow of the Brahmaputra and Indus could shrink by 19.6 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively, despite 25 per cent more rain.
quote: In addition, the U.N. report included other errors such as the Himalayas disappearing by 2035, when actual data indicates that this will happen by 2350