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About Those Disappearing Himalayan Glaciers

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First, we learned that the IPCC relied on claims that were not peer reviewed and turned out to be made up to justify it’s claim that the Himalayans would have no ice by 2035. Once exposed, they backed off that claim and simply said it was disappearing fast. Now, reality hits the Warmists in the face once again:

Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking.

The new study by scientists at the Universities of California and Potsdam has found that half of the glaciers in the Karakoram range, in the northwestern Himlaya, are in fact advancing and that global warming is not the deciding factor in whether a glacier survives or melts.

The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world’s highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.

It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be gone by 2035.

Although the head of the panel Dr Rajendra Pachauri later admitted the claim was an error gleaned from unchecked research, he maintained that global warming was melting the glaciers at “a rapid rate”, threatening floods throughout north India.

Hat-tip: QandO

  • http://www.fxexchangerate.com/ fxgeorges

    I can just imagine the Indians agreeing to China building a dam or two in the headwater regions of the Indus and Brahmaputra. Perhaps they would if they got 50:50 control/access. Interesting political times, between what will then likely be the world's two superpowers.

    And I wonder what the Bangladeshis would think of India damming the Ganges, that holiest of all the rivers for Hindus. Mind you, I suppose the Bangladeshis could build some desalination plants along their new waterfronts.

    That said, of course, at that point dams would be essential.