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Jonathan Bamber: A couple of glaciers shrinking more slowly than expected does not change the irrefutable fact that most are melting rapidly...


Glaciers are one of the natural environments most often used to illustrate the impacts of climate change. It is fairly indisputable that in a warming world, glaciers melt faster. Yet two recent studies published in top scientific journals (more here and here) suggest that in the Himalayas the rate of mass loss has been small and overestimated, and that further west, in the Karakoram range, the glaciers are actually slightly gaining mass.


Is there a conflict between these studies and the wider body of research indicating that, worldwide, glaciers have been receding for several decades?