Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development

Originally published as an article in the Financial Times.

The [Uttarakhand flood] disaster last month in India demonstrated the risks from rising temperatures to the eight countries in the region.

More than 1bn people "rely on the waters coming from the Himalayas", says Izabella Koziell of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. "[Receding glaciers] can mean increased flooding. It can mean more variable water flows . . . If they start melting fast, you just have less water. Then the implications are massive."

Read the original article in the Financial Times.

Republished in the Los Angeles Times.