Images from Cold War spy satellites have revealed the dramatic extent of ice loss in the Himalayan glaciers. Scientists compared photographs taken by a US reconnaissance programme with recent spacecraft observations and found that melting in the region has doubled over the last 40 years. The study shows that since 2000, glaciers heights have been shrinking by an average of 0.5m per year.
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The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in recent decades, threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, researchers say.
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Some facts to tell Extinction Rebellion next time they block the road – John McLellan. North or south of the Border there are blizzards of initiatives, policies and taxes all designed to improve the environment and tackle climate change, none of this is anywhere near good enough for Extinction Rebellion and excuses the disruption of travel for hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Whether you buy into the Climate Emergency or not, the truth is that in legislative terms an enormous amount of action has been and will be taken, but laws which affect the everyday lives of millions of people can’t simply be introduced at the drop of a petrol can. But that’s precisely what these campaigners want; for their every demand to be met immediately without any sort of consultation or consideration – or indeed irrefutable scientific evidence for their five-year doomsday deadline – bar a so-called Citizens’ Assembly with pre-set outcomes and with no clear democratic authority or accountability. No matter, this was justification for people chaining themselves together to block Lothian Road at rush hour until after 9pm, delaying parents getting home to their children, keeping people cooped up in buses and, of course, adding to the fumes in tenement streets from traffic which would normally have cleared. Yet the glee from some was undisguised. Overjoyed by the “intrepid” protestors, Councillor Claire Miller tweeted there was “Total chaos over here in the west of the city centre”, and dismissed her inevitable critics as “frothing”. But this is not a debate but a confrontation, and when the vast majority who support law and order no longer count it’s a wonder the Greens still see a need for elections.
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