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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Doug Smith’s The Blue Marble Report No. 17 “Himalayan Glaciers and Water for 4 Billion People”

“Climate change on a pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in the past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say.” (Stanford Report, August 1 2013) The report goes on to say that without mitigation the pace of change could lead to a 5-6 ℃ (9-10.8 ℉). That means climate in Seattle would be more like Los Angeles and Los Angeles could be the new Panama. If we extend this trend around the northern hemisphere, 5-6 ℃ of warming would have a catastrophic affect on Asia and nearly three quarters of the world’s human population.

In July, 2013 the National Bureau of Asian Research published the report entitled “Himalayan Water Security: The Challenges of South and Southeast Asia”. The introduction points out that the “scramble for control of natural resources”, that are necessary to maintain economic security and growth, combined with the uncertainty of climate change, are raising tensions over water resources. Nearly four billion people (over half of the global population) depend upon rivers that drain from the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. The ten largest rivers are the Amu Darya, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Tarim, Yangtze, and Yellow. Summer runoff from glaciers and the seasonal monsoon rains are a vital transborder resource for agriculture, industry, and urban demands. Interruption of this resource to downstream nations has the potential to trigger significant economic, social and environmental stressors. These stressors are a major concern for the security of the nations directly impacted as well as security of a global economy.

Efforts toward a comprehensive and effective regional framework for multi-national cooperation for sustainable management has not been successful. China and India are by far the power brokers in the area. China’s dam-building and water diversion projects are a major concern for downstream nations. The nations of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar are rapidly industrializing and growing players in the global economy. They are also among the worlds major rice producers.

Recent flooding briefly lowered regional rice production in Thailand, but production has rebounded and is keeping up with a diminishing demand. Global dietary habits are changing from rice, vegetable and grain foods to larger amounts of meat and meat products. There is growing concern that a larger meat diet is placing unsustainable stress on the environment. Meat production requires far more land per calorie than grain. Clearing more land for meat production reduces the carbon capturing capacity of the global Carbon/Oxygen cycle provided by plants. The impact of flooding, monsoon changes and climate change have motivated increased multi-national cooperation and through research and long term planning. By using various models and subsequent result scenarios these data are being used by southeast Asian nations for long term policy and program management into the next century.

W. Douglas Smith
Environmental Scientist