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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Melting mountains a 'time bomb' for water shortages," Planet Ark, April 15, 2008.


In Afghanistan, home to some 3,500 of the world's glaciers, the effects of global warming are already being felt in the Hindu Kush said US Geological Survey researcher Bruce Molnia.

"Glaciers are getting smaller and smaller," he said adding that this was leading to more frequent flooding.

In some valleys snow has completely disappeared during months when it usually blankets the mountains and many basins have drained, Molnia said.

"And what I am talking about here is adaptable to almost every one of the Himalayan countries that's dependent on glacier-melted water," he said.

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