Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Witness-of-Gangotri-Glacier-Receding-27MZIFLQPAF9.htmlConceptually similarReceding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB6Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBBCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01XYBCompleted★★★★Sadhu Ram Das in Indian HimalayasGP01VAZCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB9Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBACompleted★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VAYCompleted★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VB7Completed★★★★Sadhu Ram Nath in Indian HimalayasGP01VB0Completed★★★★★★View AllGP01VAXWitness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingManoj Singh is from Uttar Pradesh: "Where we live we have canals which are not looked after. Here the feeling is more spiritual. The river Ganges is respected by us". The Indian Government commissioned a research team whose findings revealed that the Gangotri glacier, the source of the Ganges river, is receding at around 25 meters per year.Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:4 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:6496px X 4872pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-Men-Mountains-One person-OutdoorsShoot:Climate Voices from Gangotri IndiaThe source of the Ganges, Asia's longest and most auspicious river, is being heavily affected by climate change: the Gangotri glacier, one of the largest in the Himalayas, is receding at around 25 meters a year; the mouth where the “holy” river flows from the glacier has started to shrink. Snow that once laid on all the mountain peaks has disappeared and the peaks are now bare and only display snow for a few hours after an unusually cold night. The land is naked and barren. Doves and crows are seeing flying above - something that would have been unheard of a decade ago at such a high altitude. If the Gangotri glacier continues to recede at this current rate the Ganges river will only be fed by the seasonal monsoon. The consequences for billions of Indian people in the world’s most densely populated regions would be immense. If the glacier disappears the rice bowl of India that relies on irrigation from the Ganges will be empty causing catastrophic food shortages.