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Thursday, April 22 2021


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[G]lacier models have treated glaciers as uniform lumps of ice—and our study shows not all glaciers will melt at the same rate. Many are covered in rock and are in various stages of the transition to rock glaciers. These slow-moving glaciers are well insulated, and as a result they are more resilient to global warming than 'true' glaciers’.

That’s the lead author of a new study, which offers comforting news about the threat of glaciers melting due to climate change.Turns out not all glaciers melt equally. According to a new study, ‘rock glaciers’ will melt far more slowly than ice glaciers when temperatures soar—and they constitute one twenty-fifth of Himalayan glacial ice, containing 41-62 trillion litres of water. More importantly, as ice glaciers melt, many will turn into rock glaciers. Think of this as valuable time bought in the race to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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A severe oxygen shortage in India

The TLDR: “Patients waiting for beds gasped for air on stretchers and in ambulances, while sobbing relatives stood by their sides. Some sat with oxygen cylinders they had bought themselves out of desperation. Others died waiting in the hospital car park.” That’s The Guardian’s description of scenes of the ‘Covid hell’ playing out across the country. We look at why hospitals are running out of oxygen, and what the government plans to do about it.

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