87% of Himalayan glaciers stable since 2001: Javadekar

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New Delhi: Dec 15; As many as 248 of 2,018 or 12.3% of Himalayan glaciers are "retreating" while 18 are advancing, environment minister, Prakash Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha on Monday in a written reply. The minister's reply, however, also revealed that a majority or about 86% of glaciers have remaned stable.

The minister said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in collaboration with the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) had conducted a study on a part of the glaciated region of Himalayas between 2004 and 2011 which threw up these results.

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