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Why are the glaciers on Mt Everest more sensitive to climate change?

Researchers are still collecting temperature data to analyse and understand how the highest glaciers in the world will be affected by climate change

Photo: Wikipedia
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Often when the topic of glaciers and climate change is discussed, focus shifts to those in Greenland and Antarctica. But there are glaciers elsewhere too, such as in the Himalayas, which play a vital part in supplying water to people who live downstream. Now, our research has found that these glaciers may react more sensitively to predicted future climate change than previously thought, which could lead to them melting at a faster rate. In 2017 and 2018, our EverDrill research team travelled to Nepal, to measure ice temperatures (using a converted pressure washer) on the Khumbu ...