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Report: Global Warming Melting Kashmir's Glaciers


An international humanitarian group says that melting Himalayan glaciers are causing water levels in Indian-controlled Kashmir to decrease by nearly two-thirds.

According to a report released by ActionAid Monday, the receding Himalayan glaciers could jeopardize water supplies for millions of people in South Asia.

The report adds that many small glaciers have completely disappeared.

The French News agency quotes the head of ActionAid's Kashmir chapter, Arjimand Talib, as saying that greenhouse gases are the "biggest threat" to Kashmir's ecology and environment.

He is calling for more stringent laws to lower emissions from vehicles and industrial units.

Indian Kashmir is in the grip of an 18-year insurgency, which officials say has claimed more than 45,000 lives. Rebel groups are fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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