The Himalayas are arguably the most famous mountain range in the world, spread across several Asian countries and home to many of the earth’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. Also, it’s home to more than 50 million people. However, the Himalayas as we know it, may disappear because of climate change, according to a new report.

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, put together by 200 scientists and analysts, revealed some stark realities. As CNN reports,  “At least a third of the ice in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, an area that includes Mount Everest and K2, will probably thaw by the end of this century.” However, the consequences could be extreme for the millions of people who depend on this region of the world. As CNN continues:

Climate change is a serious threat to the 240 million people who live across eight countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and the 3 billion others who rely on food produced in the area, the assessment says.
“The consequences are pretty extreme. We are concerned, and we are worried,” said one of the report’s authors, Philippus Wester, chief scientist with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. “Urgent climate action is needed.”
Melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic have revealed landscapes not seen in 40,000 years Glaciers have been retreating and thinning in the area since the 1970s, the report says, but there’s been an accelerating rate of retreat since then. This loss has caused severe economic damage and floods, landslides and deadly epidemics. Global warming has also reduced snow cover and degraded permafrost.
The consequences of inaction will be devastating, the assessment says.
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