Bali et al. (2011) introduce their review of what we know about Himalayan glaciers by noting that a “glacial inventory carried out by the Geological Survey of India reveals the existence of over 9,000 valley glaciers in India and at least about 2,000 glaciers in Nepal and Bhutan,” citing Raina (2006).
And they say that “following the alarmist approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” a number of subsequent reports related to the bleak future of Himalayan glaciers have been issued, mainly through the media. These reports, as they describe them, have suggested that “almost all Indian glaciers including the Gangotri glacier will vanish from the earth in the next few decades.” More particularly, they say the reports suggest that “initially, there would be flooding followed by the drying of glacial fed rivers of the Indian subcontinent, desertification, rise of sea level, submergence of the coastal areas, spread of diseases, drop in the production of food grains, etc.,” all due, of course, to “anthropogenically induced global warming.”
So what’s the real story?