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Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers: climate study

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Posted on: 09/14/17

Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers: climate studyAsia's mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by century's end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers said Wednesday. This is a best-case scenario, based on the assumption that the world manages to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels, a team wrote in the journal Nature. With warming of 3.5 C, 4.0 C and 6.0 C respectively, Asian glacier losses could amount to 49 percent, 51 percent or 65 percent by the end of the century, according to the team's modelling study.


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