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Glaciers late melting delaying crop sowing

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: Punjab’s agricultural areas now face a severe water shortage due to the late melting of the Himalayan glaciers - a main source of the region’s rivers, delaying the sowing of three of the four most important crops in the country - cotton, sugarcane and rice."The water flow in the rivers is approximately 35 per cent below what it should be for this time of the year," said Arshad Khan, an officer at the Punjab Irrigation Department. "That shortage may rise to as…Read More

Scientists find some Himalayan glaciers growing

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station has recently taken advantage of their unique vantage point to photograph the Himalayas, looking south from over the Tibetan Plateau. Mt. Everest (29,035 feet) is at right.A new study reveals that some Himalayan glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range may actually be getting bigger, according to a study published in the April issue of the journal Nature Geoscience - a surprising quirk in the planet’s response to a changing…Read More