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Glaciers of the Himalayas : Climate Change, Black Carbon, and Regional Resilience

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/20114
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South Asia Development Forum
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Mani, Muthukumara
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Mani, Muthukumara
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2021-05-19T15:28:36Z
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2021-05-19T15:28:36Z
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2021-06-03
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2021-06-07T18:56:15Z
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Melting glaciers and the loss of seasonal snow pose significant risks to the stability of water resources in South Asia. The 55,000 glaciers in the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Hindu Kush (HKHK) mountain ranges store more freshwater than any region outside of the North and South Poles. Their ice reserves feed into three major river basins in South Asia—the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra—that are home to 750 million people. One major regional driver of the accelerating glacier melt is climate change, which is altering the patterns of temperature and precipitation. A second driver may be deposits of anthropogenic black carbon (BC), which increase the glaciers’ absorption of solar radiation and raise air temperatures. BC is generated by human activity both inside and outside of South Asia, and it may be meaningfully reduced by policy actions taken by the South Asian countries themselves. Glaciers of the Himalayas: Climate Change, Black Carbon, and Regional Resilience investigates the extent to which the BC reduction policies of South Asian countries may affect glacier formation and melt within the context of a changing global climate. It assesses the relative impact of each source of black carbon on snow and glacier dynamics. The authors simulate how BC emissions interact with projected climate scenarios, estimate the extent to which these glacial processes affect water resources in downstream areas of these river basins, and present scenarios until 2040.
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https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/976841622778070962/glaciers-of-the-himalayas-climate-change-black-carbon-and-regional-resilience
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978-1-4648-0099-3
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/35600
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Washington, DC: World Bank
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South Asia Development Forum;
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
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GLACIER
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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT
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SNOW MELT
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BLACK CARBON
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WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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GANGES BASIN
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GLACIER MELT
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RIVER BASIN DEVELOPMENT
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BRAHMAPUTRA BASIN
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Glaciers of the Himalayas
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Climate Change, Black Carbon, and Regional Resilience
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Book
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2021-06-03
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yes
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10.1596/978-1-4648-0099-3
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160004
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en
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South Asia
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Bangladesh
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India
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Pakistan
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South Asia
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Environment :: Climate Change Impacts
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Environment :: Climate Change and Environment
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Environment :: Environmental Economics & Policies
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Environment :: Water Resources Management
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Water Resources :: River Basin Management
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SARCE Office of the Chief Economist, South Asia Region

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