UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus: GS-3-   Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Changing Glaciers – Climate Change

The changes in glaciers in the Nanda Devi region of Central Himalayas in Uttarakhand in the last three decades have majorly affected the lifestyle, culture and agricultural practices of people living in nearby villages, says a study carried out by experts from major institutes including IIT Kanpur, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC) and HNB Garhwal Central University in Uttarakhand.

What does the research say:

Agricultural practices and housing changed

Major effect on the cultivation of apples:

Non-climatic factors – role in variable loss of glaciers:

SOURCE:”Indian Express”


Recent research shows that glaciers in Himalayas are undergoing significant changes. Elaborate. Also explain the impacts of such changes on the people in general.