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2011-12-20 15:18:25

Retreating glaciers threaten water supplies Glaciers are retreating at an unexpectedly fast rate according to research done in Peru's Cordillera Blanca by McGill doctoral student Michel Baraer. They are currently shrinking by about one per cent a year, and that percentage is increasing steadily, according to his calculations. But despite this accelerated glacial shrinking, for the first time, the volume of water draining from the glacier into the Rio Santa in Northern Peru has started...

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2011-02-24 11:08:53

"Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August 2006, a glacier on Peru's Huaytapallana Mountain has lost 50 percent of its surface ice," Erasmo Meza, manager of natural resources and the environment in the central Andean region of Junin, told the official Andina news agency. Losing the ice in just 23 years, officials warned of concerns of climate change's growing threat to fresh water resources in the Andes mountains. Meza continued, telling AFP the 1.9 square miles of...


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