Melting Mountain Glaciers Will Shrink Grain Harvests in China and India

by Lester R. Brown

Mar 20, 2008
The world is now facing a climate-driven shrinkage of river-based irrigation water supplies. Mountain glaciers in the Himalayas and on the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau are melting and could soon deprive the major rivers of India and China of the ice melt needed to sustain them during the dry season. In the Ganges, the Yellow, and the Yangtze river basins, where irrigated agriculture depends heavily on rivers, this loss of dry-season flow will shrink harvests.
Melting Mountain Glaciers Will Shrink Grain Harvests in China and India
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