“There is no conclusive scientific evidence to link global warming with what is happening in the Himalayan glaciers,” said Jairam Ramesh, India’s environment minister, following a newly released report on the glaciers.
This directly contradicts what NOW’s David Brancaccio and environmentalist Conrad Anker personally witnessed on their trip to the Gangotri glacier, as featured in the NOW hour-long special “On Thin Ice.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.N. agency which assesses the risk from global warming, called Ramesh’s statement "arrogant" and dismissed the report. Two years ago, the IPCC concluded that the glaciers in the Himalayas were receding faster than in any other part of the world.
One of the Indian report’s most controversial findings is that the Gangotri glacier, the source of the Ganges River, receded fastest in 1977 and today is “practically at a standstill.”
Watch “On Thin Ice” and see for yourself where the truth lies in the debate over global warming.