Andean Tropical Glaciers Going Fast, May Soon Be Gone
by Paul Brown, Climate News Network
The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear altogether, cutting off the summer water supply for millions of people, according to scientists studying the region’s climate.
Their findings are particularly significant because glaciers in the tropics, 99 percent of which are in the Andes, are regarded as among the most sensitive indicators of climate change on the planet, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In the Andes glaciers contribute to irrigation, hydroelectricity generation, and water supply. For example, 15 percent of the water consumed in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, comes from glaciers, a figure that doubles in the summer. The region, with 3.5 million people, is heavily dependent on melt water for its survival (and see our story of 25 January, Andean glaciers show record melting)…
(photo: Edubucher | wikipedia)
Shrinking and disappearing glaciers in a world already in dire need of water resources and reallocation is something often overlooked and it’s one of the biggest effects of climate change and it’s happening NOW.
Side note: The country we are droning and radicalizing, Yemen, is often cited as the first country that will run out of water. Meanwhile, former Nestle CEO says that he doesn’t view water as a public right saying that: “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.” [Source.]
People don’t realize the future we have in store.
CEO culture is killing us all.