A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday which lead to massive floods. A study published in 2019 had warned that Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century due to climate change.
The 2019 study, after going through the data of 40 years of satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, indicates that climate change is affecting the Himalayan glaciers.
The study which was published in the journal Science Advances in June 2019, shows that glaciers have been losing the equivalent of more than a vertical foot and half of ice each year since 2000, double the amount of melting that took place from 1975 to 2000.
The data indicates that the melting is consistent in time and space, and that rising temperatures are to blame.