Eau de Karakoram

For the past three years Pakistan has suffered from a drought but this year the situation has become so desperate that the government has asked scientists to look at the possibility of melting glaciers to provide water.The proposal involves melting part of the glaciers in the northern region by spraying on charcoal, which raises the temperature of the ice. However, the chairman of the Federal Flood Commission, Riaz Ahmad Khan, said the proposal was at a very preliminary stage and they were simply looking into which other countries had tried the method. He said that, even if they went ahead with the plan, it would have limited application and they would have to be careful not to cause environmental damage or destabilise the glaciers. There have also been suggestions that lasers could be used to melt the ice.