Scientists from the University of Leeds have published a study in Nature on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. Researchers say the glaciers are melting faster.
According to scientists, the ice has melted much faster over the past 40 years than in the previous 700 years.
Researchers have reconstructed the extent and surface 14,798 glaciers that existed 400-700 years ago to see how quickly they are shrinking. Scientists have concluded that the glaciers have lost at least 40% of the ice, which has led to their decline from a peak area of 28,000 square kilometers to about 19,600 square kilometers today.
The team of scientists was also able to figure out that the rate of melting has increased 10 times over the past 40 years. It is noted that this is due to climate change caused by human activities.
Melt water from glaciers is critical for the main river systems in Asia. Melting ice too quickly can lead to water problems in the region.