April edition of TIME magazine has an excellent article about global warming. Himachal contributes a lot to this without adequate planned mining as well as bigger dams. Few excerpts:
The photograph taken in 1928, right, shows how the Upsala Glacier, part of the South American Andes in Argentina, used to look. The ice on the Upsala Glacier today, shown in 2004 below right, is retreating at least 180 ft. per year ->
No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you’ve heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.
It certainly looked that way last week as the atmospheric bomb that was Cyclone Larry–a Category 4 storm with wind bursts that reached 125 m.p.h.–exploded through northeastern Australia. It certainly looked that way last year as curtains of fire and dust turned the skies of Indonesia orange, thanks to drought-fueled blazes sweeping…
Himachal’s Melting glaciers may spell doom
Tino glacier that has receded by 2 km from the Bhaga river in the Lahaul valley.
The glaciers have been receding in the tribal Lahaul valley for the last 7 years. And if this trend continues, the receding glaciers may spell doom for stateâ€™s hydro-power generation and crops, fear local mountaineers and farmers here. More..