March 18, 2010
Global warming is melting the 18,000 Himalayan glaciers, the largest concentration of glaciers outside the polar ice sheets. Their melting spells trouble for not only 2 billion Asians, but the whole world.
Mountaineer David Breashears, leader of the Glacier Research Imaging Project (GRIP), has traveled to the Himalaya many times to recreate photographs of glaciers taken on expeditions nearly 100 years ago. Together these “Then & Now” photos provide dramatic evidence of the effects of global warming, in some cases the glaciers have lost more than 400 vertical feet of ice!
Visit http://asiasociety.org/onthinnerice for more information and to explore our multimedia presentation on melting Himalayan glaciers for yourself.