Melting glaciers bring energy uncertainty
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Will hydroelectric production be disturbed?
Seasonal meltwater serves as the main source of power for an increasing number of hydroelectric dams on the rivers served by the glaciers. However, hydropower faces a difficult future in South Asia because of climatic, environmental and politico-economic factors. The region is starved of energy, and power shortages of up to 20 hours a day are stunting development. Importing oil and gas from the Gulf, Iran or Tajikistan is expensive or politically difficult. Since the amount of electricity generated varies with the flowrate, the changing river patterns in South Asia will disrupt hydropower production.