Lonely Planet Writer

Mount Everest glaciers to disappear within a century say experts

Khumbu Icefall prior to the devastating earthquakes in April and May, 2015.
Khumbu Icefall prior to the devastating earthquakes in April and May, 2015. Image by McKay Savage / CC BY 2.0

A group of researchers are estimating that 5500 glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region – the site of Mount Everest – will drastically retreat or completely disappear over the next century due to climate change. The team of scientists concluded that the glaciers could reduce volume by 70-99% by 2100. Over one billion people living in Asia could be greatly affected as the disappearance of the glaciers would have dire consequences for farming and hydropower generation downstream. Read more: theguardian.com