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Antarctica and Greenland are not the only frozen places in the world caused by mankind: The Himalayas are also at risk, scientists announced on Monday.
In fact, it's two-thirds of the Himalayan According to the new report, glaciers could melt by 2100 if global warming continues.
Such a catastrophic melt would disrupt the flow of Asian rivers, which are an important resource for billions of people in China, India and six other countries.
"This is the climate crisis you have not heard of," said Philippus Wester, a scientist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, who published the report. "Global warming is on its way to turning the cold, glacier-covered mountain peaks into bare rocks in less than a century," he said in a statement.
Glaciers now an important source of water The report says that about 250 million people live in the mountains and another 1.65 billion live in river valleys.
Water from the melting glacier ice could lead to floods along the major rivers like the Ganges and the Indus Destruction of crops.
According to the report, the region is known as the "Third Pole" in the world for its huge ice stock, and it is also the home of Mount Everest, the K2, and other iconic peaks.
The report It was created over a period of five years with contributions from more than 350 researchers and is the first to define "the crucial importance of the region." The well-being of billions of people and their alarming vulnerability, especially in the face of climate change, "said David Molden, director-general of the development group who published the study.
Although the mountains are tens of millions of years old, their glaciers are extremely sensitive to reacting Since the 1970s, when global warming began for the first time, these huge ice sheets steadily thinned and retreated.
Man-made climate change, also known as global warming, is fueled by the burning of fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil, which release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane into the atmosphere, and this extra CO2 causes the temperatures of the atmosphere and the oceans to rise to a level not due to natural causes.  In addition to the warming effects of these invisible greenhouse gases is there s area also plagued by the punishment of air pollution. Black carbon and dust pollution can increase and enhance the effects of greenhouse gases and further accelerate the melting of ice.
Polluted air also changes monsoon and rainfall patterns across Asia.
Besides China and India, the other six most threatened Asian nations are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
"We need to start seeing mountainous regions as key climate areas that need urgent attention, investment and investment solutions," concluded Dasho Rinzin Dorji of Bhutan, board member of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development.
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