The WWF has reported in its studies in 2005 that 67 percent of all Himalayan glaciers are retreating. Out of 612 glaciers located in China since 1990, 95 percent are reported as retreating. The Bhutan Himalayas are currently retreating 98-131 feet (30-40 m) per year. In Kazakhstan, glaciers have been shrinking, losing 0.8 square mile (2 km2) of ice each year since 1953. The Chinese Meteorological Administration believes the country's northwestern mountains will lose 25 percent of its glaciers by 2050. This presents a critical problem for China, because these glaciers supply 15 to 20 percent of the drinking water for more than 20 million people; it is an extremely valuable resource the nation cannot do without.

All of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region are currently retreating. In fact, Khumbu Glacier, which lies on the main route to Everest, has retreated 3.1 miles (5 km) since 1953.

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