The union cabinet Friday approved a mission aimed at developing capacity to assess the "health status" of the Himalayan ecosystem, and facilitate policy-formulation for development of the mountainous region.
While the Himalayan glaciers in the eastern and central regions of the range appear to be retreating at a tremendous rate, those in the western Himalayas are more stable and could be growing, a new study has revealed.
A study by the Geological Survey of India has found that Himalayan glaciers in Gouri
Ganga and Alaknanda basin are showing consistent but variable recession, the government told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Tourists will not be allowed to go near `Gaumukh`, the source of the Ganga, with the Uttarakhand government imposing a total ban on trekking to the spot to protect receding Himalayan glaciers from human activities.
Against the backdrop of an IPCC report making a wrong conclusion about Himalayan glaciers melting, Prime Minister`s Special Envoy on Climate Change Shyam Saran harped on more research to generate precise information on the matter.
An Australian scientist, who co-authoured the controversial climate change report, on Monday tried to defend the errors found in it, saying the discovery of the mistakes does not undermine the case of global warming.
Environment ministers of Brazil, South Africa, India, China came out in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) despite its blunder in saying Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035.