Melting glaciers

Published: February 9, 2018
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LAHORE: Glaciers in oceans are depleting so fast that European countries fear scarcity of water and even war over water. The Himalayas are losing ice three feet per year causing the Chinese government to fear about their water supply. For 11,000 years Mount Kilimanjaro remained unaffected by climate change until the 2000s and now 85 per cent of it is gone. There is a severe threat of water and power supply in Andean region.

The Glacier National Monument once covered 38 squares miles of glaciers is now less than a quarter of its original size. Climate change threats have grown to an alarming level. Scientists have indicated that the glaciers of the world will vanish in the coming years which could trigger in future a global war over water. Perhaps World War III is going to be over water. Immediate actions are needed to be taken by all the countries that have a major share in industrialisation and mechanisation of the production processes in production facilities.

The international powers particularly the US and China must not ignore the responsibility they have towards the future generations being the flag bearers of the massive technological revolution that has reached the extent where the reliance on technology has become more of a danger.

Ayuna Sheikh

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2018.

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