‘Global warming posing grave threat to HKH region’

Kathmandu, April 11

Climate scientists have warned that millions of people could die in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar if the current rate of global warming was not checked.

In an international conference on Understanding Climate Change and Enabling Climate Action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya held in Kathmandu today, Director General of ICIMOD Dr David Molden said climate change has threatened the lives of the 1.2 billion people living in the HKH region.

Reports prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that global warming needs to be brought down to below 2 degree Celsius per year in order to prevent possible future deaths by climate change in the region.

Scientists are worried about the impact of the rapidly melting ice in the Himalayas.

People living in the HKH region rely heavily on water from the melting of snow in the Himalayas.