Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui Glacier No. 1 and its cold beauty in a region of Central Asia with the world’s third largest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland.

This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows glaciologist Wang Shijin photographing an ice crevasse in the Baishui Glacier No. 1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows glaciologist Wang Shijin repairing a broken remote meteorological station on the Baishui Glacier No. 1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows glaciologist Wang Shijin photographing the Baishui Glacier No.1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

Now however, they frequently encounter rocks littered with oxygen tanks discarded by tourists, as scientists warn Baishui’s dramatic melting is a sign of what’s to come across the region. The glacier has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters (820 feet) since 1982.

This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows pools of melt water at the Baishui Glacier No.1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows the Baishui Glacier No.1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 21, 2018 photo shows the lower edge of the Baishui Glacier No.1 above grey rocks previous covered in ice in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change at its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

According to a new report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Earth today is 1 degree Centigrade (1.8 Fahrenheit) hotter than pre-industrial levels because of climate change __ enough to melt 28 to 44 percent of glaciers worldwide.

This Sept. 21, 2018 photo shows a Chinese Academy of Sciences research team atop the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. They are part of ongoing efforts to track the melting of the mountain’s Baishui Glacier No.1 which has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 21, 2018 photo shows geologist Chen Yanjun, left, and glaciologist Wang Shijin atop the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China while on their seasonal study of the Baishui Glacier No.1. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
This Sept. 22, 2018 photo shows the Baishui Glacier No.1 on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. Scientists say the glacier is one of the fastest melting glaciers in the world due to climate change and its relative proximity to the Equator. It has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters since 1982. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

Scientists say 82 percent of glaciers in China have retreated.

Source: The Associated Press

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