Published On: Sun, Sep 7th, 2014

The Glaciers of Tibet Reach Highest Temperature in 2 Millennia

For those of the people out there who may not be quite informed just yet, in Tibet, there is actually a plateau that has been responsible for the water people have been drinking for tens of years. The glaciers of the aforementioned plateau in Tibet are actually the source of water supplies that no less than hundreds of millions of the people living in Asia have been enjoying for at least fifty years. Unfortunately, however, based on the information acquired from a report by the Chinese newspaper, the glaciers have now reached its highest temperature, the highest one ever for the past two millennium. The report by the Chinese newspaper should be pretty trustworthy, taking into consideration the fact that the newspaper has actually cited an academic report in the country.


What makes things even more worrisome is that there is no sign of the temperature of the Tibetan plateau glaciers coming down. Instead, the temperature will seemingly keep on rising, at least for this entire century, or for a hundred years ahead. If it happens, this may cause the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau to retreat and deserts to form. This probability has even been published on the Tibetan Plateau Research journal as well, by the Academy of Sciences’ Institute of China.

Tibet Glacier

On the journal, it is said that the temperature of the glaciers has risen up to a level which is double the global level at an average and this is the highest rate ever for the rise in temperature in the last fifty years. Even the Chinese government newspaper, the Science and Technology Daily, provides the very same report.


If the glaciers eventually do retreat, there will be a number of negative effects that the people in the world, especially in Asia, will have to suffer. To start with, the people of Asia will suffer from disruptions or even worse, loss, of the water supply that they have been using all these years for their household needs. The thing is, it is these glaciers at the Tibetan plateau in China that actually act as the source of water for River Salween and Mekong at the Southeast Asia, the River Brahmaputra in India, and the River Yangtze as well as the Yellow River in China.


Back in May 2014, the scientists in China unveiled that the glaciers in question had actually shrunk by fifteen percent for the previous thirty years. In other words, the glaciers had lost at least eight thousand square kilometers during the last thirty years, which was not a good sign at all.

Yet, to make things even worse, based on the report, besides the change in climates, the activities carried out by humans have also triggered landslides as well as floods to appear at the area of the glaciers. Yet, ironically, according to the report, such a rise in the temperature of the glaciers has also caused some of the local ecosystems to have an improved condition.

Nevertheless, the Chinese scientists concerned about the continuously ricing temperature of the glaciers at the Tibetan plateau are trying to encourage the Chinese government to do something about it. The scientists hope that their government will try and minimize the impact of human activities around the Tibetan plateau glaciers.

However, for information, Beijing is currently trying to establish a large hydro power project in the area. According to reports, there will be at least several mega dams that are expected to have run by the year 2020. It seems that the Chinese government is really trying hard to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels that have to be imported from other countries.

Besides China, however, India is currently also planning to establish hydro plants which will stand alongside the River Brahmaputra in India. To be honest, no less than a hundred proposals for the hydro plants have been considered by the Indian government. This may actually help the country considering it really needs to boost its production of electrical currents.

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