A Grim Future For Earth’s ‘Third Pole’

One-third of Asia’s high mountain glaciers will melt — even if the Paris Agreement succeeds.

There’s so much ice packed into the high mountains of Asia that scientists call it Earth’s “Third Pole.” The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau hold the largest reserves of freshwater outside the Arctic and Antarctic.

Here, thousands of glaciers form the headwaters for 10 of Asia’s largest rivers, which help supply the region with drinking water, crop irrigation and hydroelectric power. These g

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