The glaciers are the lifeline of the major rivers flowing through northern India.
Elaborating on the same, Manish Kumar, a senior scientist at the atmospherics department in ARIES, told TOI,
“Black carbon is formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuels and biomass. It absorbs light and increases heat, which is why it can cause glaciers to melt faster. Also, water will get get heavily polluted by harmful particles and compounds that constitute black carbon.”
“Black carbon floats in air for a long time and gets deposited on clouds interfering with the normal cycle of the monsoons,” said Kirit Kumar, a scientist from Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora.
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Kirit Kumar said, “In normal circumstances, glaciers act as mirrors reflecting most of the light and heat. This is known as ‘albedo’. But when black carbon gets deposited on them, it results in their absorbing all the light and heat which eventually results in their meltdown. This is a serious concern.”