Hindukush-Himalayan region (Photo courtesy-Twitter)
Climate change Because of this, a serious crisis is looming in 16 countries of Asia. in the future in this area Water And the supply of energy can have a huge impact. Effect of climate change on Hindu Kush and Himalaya will fall on the water system of the mountains of Asia to worry about.
In such a situation, if no concrete measures are taken to save the regional water flow, then a serious situation can arise in many countries including India. Because 1 billion people are dependent on 10 rivers coming out of here. This research has been done under the leadership of China Water Risk Think Tank, in which these findings have come out.
10 rivers flow through the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region
10 major rivers flow from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. 1 billion people depend on these rivers. The annual GDP of these entire regions is $4.3 trillion. These rivers not only provide drinking water to the people here, but these rivers are also the main source of agriculture for the people living here. The 10 rivers that originate from the Hindukush-Himalayan region include the Brahmaputra flowing in India and Bangladesh. Apart from these, China’s Yangtze and Yellow rivers flow through this region which shares borders with Mekong and Salwani rivers.
16 countries including India are under threat
Research led by the China Water Risk Think Tank states that glaciers in the region are already melting due to climate change. Melting glaciers and extreme weather are already posing serious threats to many regions. The think tank has emphasized that all these rivers face serious risks if we do not curb emissions, as infrastructure for energy projects has already been built in these rivers in an insensitive manner, which Exacerbating the problems.
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Three fourth hydroprojects are running in 10 rivers
Three-fourth of the hydropower projects of 16 countries are running in these 10 rivers. Apart from this, these rivers also provide assistance to 44 percent coal based power projects. These countries are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels to meet their energy needs. Researchers said that more than 300 GW of electricity is needed to supply electricity to the whole of Japan.
The areas where these rivers are there are facing water shortage. On the other hand, the Yangtze River basin in China supports one-third of this area. 15 percent of China’s energy capacity is generated from these rivers. The region has already faced a record-long drought last year, affecting its power supply.