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Himalayan rivers will survive glacial retreat

Water scarcity is not about to divide the Indian subcontinent

| India
A melting glacier near Peer ki Gali, some 80 km south of Srinagar, in June 2020: Many glaciers have retreated, but others have remained stable or even advanced.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Swaminathan Aiyar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. Vijay Kumar Raina is former deputy director-general of the Geological Survey of India. They are authors of the new paper, "False Alarm over the Retreat of the Himalayan Glaciers."

Activists have warned that global warming will rapidly melt the Himalayan glaciers feeding the major river basins of the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra, creating vast deserts, economic devastation, and, worst of all, wars over scarce water in the Indian subcontinent.

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