In a strange development, the first comprehensive Himalayan glacier melting research has shown there to be insignificant melting in the last 10 years. A new report published Thursday, Feb. 9, in the science journal Nature shows there to be about 4 Billion tons of ice melting annually, far below the 50 Billions estimated by scientists just two years ago.
Bristol University glaciologist Jonathan Bamber, who was not part of the research team, opined that such a level of melting was practically insignificant.
Bamber was quick to caution that the new study doesn't alter his view that the climate is changing, and rapidly.
"This new study doesn't change our view of the risks and threats from climate change," he told the Guardian. "What it does do is improve our knowledge of the recent behavior of one part of the climate system."
The authors of the U.N.'s climate policy guide were red-faced two years ago when it was revealed that they had inaccurately forecast that the Himalayan glaciers would melt completely in 25 years, vanishing by the year 2035.
Rajendra Pachauri, ultimately issued a statement offering regret for what turned out to be a poorly vetted statement. Read the full article.