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Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast as last century

Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a new study has revealed.

Spanning 2,000 kilometers and harboring some 600 billion tons of ice, Himalayan glaciers supply around 800 million people with water for irrigation, hydropower and drinking.

But they have been losing almost half a meter of ice each year since the start of this century -- double the amount of melting that occurred between 1975 and 2000 -- according to the Columbia University researchers behind the study.

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