KATHMANDU, Nepal - Glaciers in the Himalayas are shrinking fast at half a metre every year since the year 2000. These findings are revealed by Cold War-era spy satellite images.
Over a quarter of the ice which was still present in 1975 has been wiped out in the past 4 decades.
Annual losses, as per recent data, equal to an average of 8 billion tonnes of water, which is tantamount to 3.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools.
Although the temperatures vary in every region, the average temperatures were 1.8F higher from 2000 to 2016 than the temperatures in from 1975 to 2000.
Besides the rising temperatures, other reasons for this phenomenon include reduced rainfall rate and fossil fuel burning in the region.
This only shows how at risk the Himalayan mountain range is if climate change persists at the same rate in the next few decades.