Climate Change in the Himalayas : Preserving the Third Pole for Cooling the Earth

Edited by Vir Singh, Nanda Nautiyal, Suman Kalyani Apparusu and M.S.S. Rawat, Indus Publishing Company, 2011, 302 p, ISBN : 9788173872280, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Climate Change in the Himalayas : Preserving the Third Pole for Cooling the Earth

Contents: I. Climate Change Vulnerability and Anthropogenic Dimensions: 1. Impact of Climate Change on the Severity of Natural Disasters in Himalayan-Hindu Kush Belt/D.D. Joshi. 2. Impact of Climate Change on Vulnerability of the Himalayan Ecosystems and Livelihoods/Avnish Cahuhan and Rajeev Kumar. 3. Receding Glaciers: Future Implications under Changing Climate Scenario/Ravi Kiran and P.S. Bisht. 4. Observations of Radiatively and Chemically Active Trace Gases in the Central Himalaya and Indo-Gangetic Plain region/Tapaswini Sarangi, Manish Naja, K.P. Singh, Y. Kant, N. Ojha, R. Kumar, K. Pandey, S. Venkatramani, S. Lal and Ram Sagar. 5. Climate Change Problems in the Himalayan Mountains/Mohit Upadhyay, Manoj Kumar Dubey, Ramesh Chandra, Ajay Kumar, Pratibha Singh and Ashima Srivastava. 6. Impact of Boundary Layer Dynamics on Black Carbon Variation over the Central Himalaya and its Foothills/Hema Joshi, P. Pant, M. Naja, Manav Choudhary and K.P. Singh. 7. Impact of Grazing on the Biodiversity of a Temperate Grazing Land in Kumaon Himalaya/Prem Prakash. 8. Hydro-Geochemical Characteristics of Gangotri Glacier/Virendra Bahadur Singh, A.L. Ramanathan, P.G. Jose, Manoj Kumar, Parmanand Sharma and Anurag Linda. 9. Hydroelectric Power Developments—A Threat to River Existence and Livelihood Systems in the Mountains: a study of Himachal Pradesh/Mohinder Kumar Slariya. 10. Landslide Hazards Investigation of Pindar Basin in Uttarakhand Himalaya/Vikram S. Sharma, Tripti and Jayanti. 11. Climate Change in the Himalayas: An Obvious Jeopardy to Cold-water Fish and Fisheries/Jimmy Mize. II. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Measures: 12. Sustainable Management of Mountain Biodiversity in the Eastern Himalaya/Amitava Mitra. 13. Resilience-and Carbon Sequestration-Enhancing Technologies for the Fragile Ecosystems: A Perspective/Vir Singh, M.S.S. Rawat and Nanda Nautiyal. 14. Forest Fires in the Himalayan Region: Some Mitigation Measures/Anant Shankar, Utkarsh and Ankit Singh Chauhan. 15. Pine Needles: A Source of Forest Fire to an Alternative Fuel/B.N. Pandey and K.S. Puspwan. 16. Indigenous Herbal Coolants for Combating Heat Stress in the Hot Zone of North-West Himalaya/L.R. Dangwal, Antima Sharma and Naveen Kumar. 17. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts in the Hindu Kush Himalaya/Suman Kalyani Apparusu, Nanda Nautiyal and Vir Singh. 18. Himalayan Mountains and their Contribution to Cooling of the Earth/Priyanka Bhareti. Index.

Ecological disaster in the Himalayan mountains has been a global concern. Climate change has further added fuel to the fire and appears to be leading to a state of ecological coup in the highest the loftiest and the most fragile ecosystem on the earth. As the Himalaya is accumulating the largest mass of snow and ice outside the North and South Poles, it is often referred to as the Third Pole. The Third Pole apart from influencing global weather system also contributes to cooling the planet earth. Climate change exhibiting the rising temperature to an alarming extent is posing a threat not only to the Himalayas but also to the plain areas due to natural highland lowland ecological linkages.
This book attempts to present a real picture of the Himalayas as emerging owing to ominous climate change which is spreading its tentacles all over the globe and needs to be adequately and conclusively responded. Adoption of strategies and climate change mitigation which appear to be possible would lead to ecological restoration in the Himalayas. Cooling of the Himalayas and well being of the cryosphere are a prerequisite for cooling the planet earth. This book provides interesting matter and in the wake of ongoing climate change phenomenon it would prove to be of critical value for climate scientists ecologists environmental engineers and also for mountain scholars planners and policy makers. (jacket)

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