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Glaciers of Chu and Talas rivers may disappear by 2100

The glaciers of Chu and Talas rivers may disappear by 2100, the head of the Secretariat of Chu-Talas Water Commission in Kazakhstan Indira Akbozova said today at an international conference.

According to her, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan conducted a joint analysis of climate change trends in the basin: over the past 20 years, the temperature has increased significantly. «As a result of the predicted climate change, the glaciers of the two basins can be completely lost by 2100. The impact on water and agriculture was studied. Measures for adaptation have been developed. Their economic evaluation was conducted, lessons learned,» Indira Akbozova said.

She added that when analyzing the situation, the experts of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Kazakhstan attributed an increase in aridity while reducing the availability of water resources to the most probable and serious consequences of climate change in the basin.