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Alarm bells are ringing over India as the country is one of the worst affected by global warming. According to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Himalayas and the Sunderbans are facing gradual destruction owing to acute climate change. In its report called Saving the world’s natural wonders from climate change, it explains how some of the world’s greatest natural wonders are slowly moving towards extinction.Other natural wonders facing similar fate are the Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs, Chihuahua Desert in Mexico and the US, Hawksbill turtles in the Caribbean, Valdivian temperate rainforests in Chile, Upper Yangtze River in China, wild salmon in the Bering Sea and the East African coastal forests.

“While we continue to pressure the governments for meaningful cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, we are also working on adaptation strategies to offer protection to some of the world’s natural wonders as well as the livelihoods of the people who live there,” said Lara Hansen, chief scientist of WWF’s Global Climate Change Programme

However VK Raina is a leading glaciologist and former ADG Geological Society of India. He disputes the IPCC’s consensus position that global warming is melting Himalayan glaciers. Raina points out that only 50 out of India’s 9,575 glaciers have been properly studied! Nearly 200 years of data coming from these 50 glaciers have not shown anything abnormal.

Raina’s views are echoed by Dr RK Ganjoo, Director, Regional Centre for Field Operations and Research on Himalayan Glaciology who also maintains that nothing abnormal has been found in any of the Himalyan glaciers studied so far by him.

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