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11 June 2010

Melting mountains may hit food supplies

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Singapore, June 11 - Sustained melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food supply of millions in Asia, a Dutch study shows. Pakistan is likely to be among the nations hardest hit.

Scientists in the Netherlands studied the impacts of climate change on five major Asian rivers. About 1.4 billion people, about a fifth of the world population, depend on the rivers for water to drink and to irrigate crops.

The rivers are the Indus, which flows through Tibet and Pakistan, the Brahmaputra, which carves its way through Tibet, northeast India and Bangladesh, India's Ganges and the Yangtze and Yellow rivers in China.


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