Pollution causing glacier to melt even faster


The No. 1 glacier in the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has been retreating by more than four meters every year and its thickness has shrunk by more than 15 meters from 1958 to 2010, said Li Zhongqin, head of the Tianshan Mountains Glacier Observation Station under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The shrinking of the glacier has gathered pace since the 1980s, Li added.

David Molden, director of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development said climate change was the leading cause in the acceleration of the glacier thawing, with the second leading cause being black carbon.