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The ice on Mt Everest is melting at an alarming rate

According to the latest research conducted by scientists from the University of Maine, the effects of global warming are already affecting the highest mountain region in the world. Mount Everest’s highest glacier, South Col, is melting 80 times faster than it was forming. As it turns out, in the last 25 years it has lost about 54 meters in thickness, melting on average by 2 meters per year. According to the researchers, climate change is to blame for this.

Glacier melting is a problem for climbers. But not only. The consequences of this phenomenon are much more serious. According to scientists, up to 250 million people worldwide rely directly on water from glaciers. It is essential for the life of the communities and ecosystems around the Himalayas. It is used for farming, electricity production and consumption. There are priceless areas of biodiversity in the mountain regions.

As researchers alarm: “Even the roof of the world is threatened by human-induced climate change.”