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Glaciers in the Tien Shan Mountain are melting at an alarming rate. People, living in the region, are concerned about water supply security.
A study, published in the Nature Geoscience magazine, reveals that glaciers in the Tien Shan mountain range have been melting at an alarming rate of four times the global average for the past 50 years and so far have lost about a quarter of their mass. Researchers predict that if this trend continues, half of the remaining ice in Central Asia could be gone by 2050.
The Central Asian glaciers are an important source of drinking and irrigation water for people in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and a part of northwestern China. A future decline in water resources could potentially lead to conflicts in the region, the researchers explain.
Vanya is one of Eatglobe's contributing writers and our resident wine expert.