Consequences as Himalayan Glaciers Melt

Consequences as Himalayan Glaciers Melt

Nepali mountain guide Damodon Pyakurel takes westerners on tours of his mountainous home to show the destructive effects of global warming. (Time)

Melting snow from the mountains of the Himalayas feeds rivers in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. But as climate change warms the planet, there is less annual snowfall and the Himalayan glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

This Time video follows a Nepali mountain guide as he leads a 3-day trek to point out the drastic changes taking place near his home of Kathmandu. Damodon Pyakurel likes to get away from the pollution of the big city but he also hopes to show westerners the clear and present dangers of global warming.

As Pyakurel points out shrinking glaciers, a resident of a village along the trek says the snowfall is much less than it used to be. A Nepali scientist who monitors the changing glaciers predicts that two-thirds of all the glaciers will be gone by 2050 and all will be gone by 2100. In the meantime, reduced snowfall and shrinking glaciers negatively impact millions of people downstream who rely upon the water to survive.

Reporting was supported by a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Length: 5:29

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