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But new research published in the
journal Nature reveals that, contrary to popular belief, ice caps in
the Himalayan mountains and many nearby peaks have not actually
melted at all in the past ten years.
These satellites revealed that ice levels in these high peaks are basically the same as they were a decade ago, despite the fact that many people still think they are melting.
The reason why many scientists still believe that ice caps and glaciers in these higher elevations are melting has to do with the way data on melting has been collected up until this point.
Rather than come from satellite imagery
and gravitational analysis, most of the research is based on data
gathered on the ground from just a few glaciers, which fails to take
into account the 200,000-or-so glaciers in existence across the
A report published last summer by Human Events, for instance, revealed that those iconic images of polar bears dying because of melting ice caps are based on lies.
The polar bears observed in the study
that was used to make this claim appear to have actually died from
an isolated windstorm, which means that polar bears are not
necessarily an endangered species (http://www.naturalnews.com/033370_polar_bars_scientific_fraud.html).
- Study Shows -
by Damian Carrington
8 February 2012
but lead scientist says the loss of ice caps and glaciers
around the world remains a
Hopar glacier in Pakistan.
Melting ice outside the two largest caps - Greenland and Antarctica
is much less than previously estimated, the study has found.
The world's greatest snow-capped peaks,
which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border
of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new
The melting of Himalayan glaciers caused controversy in 2009 when a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 'mistakenly' stated that they would disappear by 2035, instead of 2350.
However, the scientist who led the new work is clear that while greater uncertainty has been discovered in Asia's highest mountains, the melting of ice caps and glaciers around the world remains a serious concern.
His team's study, published in the journal Nature, concludes that between 443-629 bn tonnes of meltwater overall are added to the world's oceans each year.
This is raising sea level by
about 1.5mm a year, the team reports, in addition to the 2mm a year
expansion of the warming ocean.
Existing estimates range
from 30cm to
The reason for the radical reappraisal of ice melting in Asia is the different ways in which the current and previous studies were conducted.
Until now, estimates of melt-water loss
for all the world's 200,000 glaciers were based on extrapolations of
data from a few hundred monitored on the ground. Those glaciers at
lower altitudes are much easier for scientists to get to and so were
more frequently included, but they were also more prone to melting.
The new study used a pair of satellites, called Grace, which measure tiny changes in the Earth's gravitational pull.
When ice is lost, the gravitational pull weakens and is detected by the orbiting spacecraft.
He noted that 1.4 billion people depend on the rivers that flow from the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau:
Grace launched in 2002 and continues to monitor the planet, but it has passed its expected mission span and its batteries are beginning to weaken.
A replacement mission has
been approved by the US and German space agencies and could launch