Friday, 29 June 2012
An inconvenient truth. Himalayan glaciers actually gaining ice!
A new survey of data gleaned from space has shown a vast region of Himalayan glaciers is actually gaining ice steadily. The study compared two sets of space data, the first gathered by instruments aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2000 and the second by the French SPOTS5 satellite in 2008. Across the targeted region of the Karakorum mountains lying on the Chinese border with India and Pakistan, the glaciers were found to have gained substantial amounts of mass by the time the second survey was carried out. The study was led by Dr Julie Gardelle of Grenoble university and published in Nature Geoscience. The new discoveries are in sharp contrast to the general narrative until recently that had assumed that the Asian glaciers were melting rapidly. As recently as 2007 the IPCC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) formally predicted that all Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2035. This was found later to be based on a bogus study issued by the hard green group WWF. (report in Energy 16 April 2012()