Glaciers quickly retreating in the Himalayas and Hindu Kush - 15 May 2009  
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International scientists gathered at the University of California San Diego in the US last week concluded that nearly all the 20,000 glaciers in the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain ranges are melting. The water from these melts is placing large lakes on the verge of overflowing, with residents in the valleys below at risk of floods. According to the International Commission on Snow and Ice in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Himalayan glaciers are retreating more rapidly than anywhere else in the world, and may be gone by 2035. Higher temperatures, reduced precipitation, black carbon particulates from the burning of fossil fuels and biomass, and fluctuating monsoon season patterns are considered the major contributors to their rapid degradation.

We thank all scientists involved for raising public awareness about the critical state of the legendary Himalayan mountain range. Let us quickly heed these urgent calls and transition to loving Earth-saving lifestyles.

In a November 2008 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again voiced her concern for humanity and the planet’s future as she spoke of the one way to stop the devastating loss of the Himalayan glaciers.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Supreme Master Television staff
November 26, 2008 – California, USA

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The glacier is there to feed the Ganges water and it melted slowly, slowly as per using. As the human use it, it will melt out, just evenly distributing day by day like this. But if it’s all melted at one time, then cities will be drowned, people will die and flood will be everywhere and later we will have no water even. No reservoir any more. So either way, either a lot of flood or drought, it’s very dangerous for the people, especially the people who depend on the Ganges River and the glacier to survive. I am really worried, but I just pray and hope that the people who are in power will do something.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The only solution is vegetarian diet for everybody