On Monday, a report was released on the impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. The report estimated that ⅓ of the ice in the region will melt by the end of the century. If the world fails to drastically lower its carbon emission, the number could rise to ⅔. The obvious reason for this ice melting is climate change.
"This is a wake-up call," said Phillips Wester, the leader of the report. "Can we come together as humanity and rise to the occasion? I think we can. Yes, a lot of people want to be in denial. Yes, this is a story we don't want to hear because of our day-to-day issues, but the technology is there, and we have ways of reducing greenhouse gas. I'm an optimist, but time is running out, and we need to address this now, not next year or later. We need to have this conversation now. Otherwise, we are in trouble."
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Region is an area of mountainous terrain that spans from Northern Afghanistan to North-Eastern Myanmar. Around 250 Million people call this region home. Many major rivers in Asia, such as the Indus, Ganges, Yangtze, and Brahmaputra, start at the glaciers in the region. The glaciers melting would drastically affect agriculture in countries such as Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and China.