Scores Feared Dead In India Dam Break Near Himalayan Glacier

February 7, 2021 ☼ environment

Source: NPR - Link

The disaster began around 10:45 a.m. local time when part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in an ecologically fragile area of Uttarakhand, an Indian state wedged between Nepal and China, high in the Himalayas. Environmentalists have long cautioned against building dams and power plants there, because it’s so prone to landslides and flooding.

This can’t be attributed directly to climate change, but it fits the pattern of policy makers ignoring scientists at their peril.