Water flow of Indus, Ganga, Brahmaputra rivers reducing due to global warming: UN

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United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that a glacier reduction due to global warming in the coming decades could reduce water flow in major Himalayan rivers like the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra, which are very important for India. Speaking at an event to mark the International Year of Glacier Preservation on Wednesday, Guterres said glaciers are “essential for life on Earth”. 10 percent of the world is covered by glaciers. Glaciers are also a major source of water for the world. ’’

Guterres expressed concern that human activities are pushing the planet’s temperature to dangerous new levels and that “melting glaciers are extremely dangerous.” Antarctica is losing an average of 150 billion tonnes of ice every year, while Greenland’s ice is melting even faster. There are 270 billion tons of ice melting every year. Asia’s 10 major rivers originate in the Himalayan region, supplying water to the 1.3 billion people living in its watershed.

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