The Khumbu Glacier, some 87 miles northeast of Kathmandu. The Himalayan glaciers provide water for more than a billion people in Asia. However, a new UN report warns that people in the Himalayas should prepare for "a tough and unpredictable future," in the words of Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. The report draws a connection between climate change and glacier retreat.
"Since the beginning of the 1980s, the rate of ice loss has increased substantially in many regions, concurrent with an increase in global mean air temperatures," the report notes.