05 Dec '11, 8am
Himalayan glaciers melting, millions of people in danger
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Millions of people are under threat from melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to scientists carrying out the most comprehensive ever assessment of climate change in the region. The findings, published in three reports by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), show Nepal's glaciers have shrunk by 21 per cent and Bhutan's by 22 per cent over 30 years. The reports, launched on Sunday at the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, provide the first authoritative confirmation of the extent of Himalayan glacial melting. They follow a discredited announcement by scientists in 2007 that the region's glaciers would be gone by 2035.