Contrary to a United Nations report from its global warming committee, the glaciers on the Himalayan Mountains will not melt totally by 2035, if ever.
The scientists behind a report two years ago from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be completely melted by 2035 have admitted the report was not true and not supported by any formal research.
The current rate of average glacier melting is less than one meter per year, according to Science Daily in 2009. Since the average glacier is 300 meters thick, according to Professor Julian Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, it would take 300 years of constant global warming to melt them. Assuming, of course, that the rate of global warming or cooling remains relatively the same.
In the last 70 years or so, according to some reports, Earth has seen a cooling trend followed by a warming trend followed by another short cooling trend that has yet to end.
Scientists have yet to agree completely on the general trend overall, but it appears to have been only about one degree higher since 1900.
- Sources: Times Online, 01/17/10, and Science Daily, 02/04/09.