In its latest report, the United Nations once again warned that if the red lines are crossed, the current state of climate change will put humanity at risk of extinction.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations during the United Nations Conference on Environmental Resources in New York, which was held from March 22 to 24, 2023, while pointing to the danger of the melting of natural glaciers in the Himalayas located in South Asia, also issued the following warning messages:
- The melting of natural glaciers increases the possibility of shallowing of the main rivers of South Asia such as Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra.
- The rise of the sea level due to the melting of natural glaciers, in addition to the intrusion of salt water, destroys most of the large deltas of these rivers.
- Rivers and natural glaciers are considered as the largest reservoir of fresh water on earth, and the reduction of their capacity seriously threatens life.
Dr. “Domit Kamel”, an environmental expert and the head of the global environment community in Lebanon, in a conversation with Sky News about the causes of the melting of natural glaciers and the difficult situation of climate change, said:
- The warming of the earth has changed the cooling pattern in the layers of the atmosphere and has led to the creation of a phenomenon called “global warming” that affects the poles, mountains and natural glaciers.
- A 1.5 degree increase in the earth’s temperature has many negative consequences, such as the melting of ice rivers and glaciers, and affects all forests and living organisms.
- The melting of snow represents a double crisis, because it causes climate change and ultimately leads to other transformations such as sea level rise.
- The melting of large amounts of snow on the surface of the planet, both in the poles and in the heights such as the Himalayas, will probably increase greatly due to severe climate changes.
- The pervasive negative effects of climate change prompted international organizations to stand up and try to find solutions to reduce the increase in the earth’s temperature.
- This is while there is no single strategy to deal with the mentioned climate changes at the global level. In addition, large industrialized countries continue their activities unchecked and continue to consume large amounts of fossil fuels.