Sharing the Himalayan Glaciers: The Role of Territorial Sovereignty
28 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2018
Date Written: Spring 2009
Mountain glaciers around the world are melting. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Glacier Monitoring Service both predict that the Andean and Himalayan glaciers, sources of freshwater for millions of people, will retreat irreversibly in the coming decades, forever releasing their savings accounts of freshwater. Glacial retreat portends significant global justice consequences: seventy-seven percent of the world’s freshwater resources is stored in ice — either in the polar ice caps or mountain glaciers. While the polar ice caps store most of the water, mountain glaciers nonetheless bank a portion that is significant, not just in quantity but also in accessibility. In light of the extreme freshwater shortages experts predict, glacial water is of extraordinary value and waste of this resource is to humanity’s peril.
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