Tajiks Say Melting Glaciers Key to Climate Debate
Shahodat Saibnazarova interviewed scientists who said
Jamila Ubaidulloeva, head of the national meteorological centre, attributes the increasing number of landslides, hailstorms and other events to climate change.
“If these emissions aren’t curbed, we can expect more surprises in years to come,” she said.
Long term, the biggest problem facing
With some of the world’s highest mountains outside the
“The glaciers are most vulnerable of all,” says Ilhom Rajabov of the national Climate Change Centre. “They are melting very rapidly and intensely. We forecast that if current trends continue, then by around the year 2050, temperatures in
“The Fedchenko glacier is
Alexander Yablokov, an expert with
“The area under ice will diminish,” he told IWPR. “And that means that in summer – July, August and September – less water will flow into the rivers, and hence into the reservoirs and canals.”
Tajik scientists are running a pilot project to measure glacier melt, but conducting a comprehensive national survey would cost more than the government could afford. Many believe the international community should invest in this project, not least because