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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bye-bye glacier

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Uh oh. Make way for the water wars.

Speaking of which, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear South Carolina v. North Carolina today. Guess what the states are arguing over? Yep. Water. Rights to the Catawba River, more specifically.

The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to allow the City of Charlotte, Duke Energy and the Catawba River Water Supply Project in on the case.

Meanwhile, in India ...

Indian Kashmir's biggest glacier, which feeds the region's main river, is melting faster than other Himalayas glaciers, threatening the water supply of tens of thousands of people, a new report warned on Monday.

Experts say rising temperatures are rapidly shrinking Himalayan glaciers, underscoring the effects of climate change that has caused temperatures in the mountainous region to rise by about 1.1 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years.

The biggest glacier in Indian Kashmir, the Kolahoi glacier spread over just a little above 11 sq km (4.25 sq mile), has shrunk 2.63 sq km in the past three decades, a new study said.

"Kolahoi glacier is shrinking 0.08 square kilometers a year, which is an alarming speed," said the study, presented at a workshop on "Climate Change, Glacial Retreat and Livelihoods," in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's summer capital.

According to a United Nations Environment Programme and World Glacier Monitoring Service study, the average melting rate of mountain glaciers has doubled since the turn of the millennium, with record losses seen in 2006 at several sites.

Read the rest of this Reuters article here.

"The world is desertifying very quickly ... and there is no where to go in the world to get away from this."

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