Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water

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Henry Fountain and Ben C. Solomon of the New York Times went to Kazakhstan to document the effects of climate change on Tuyuksu glacier.

There are approximately 150,000 glaciers that cover about 200,000 square miles of the earth’s surface. Over the last 40 years, they’ve lost the equivalent of a layer of ice 70 feet thick.

Some, in places like the Rocky Mountains and the Andes have disappeared. Others are making a fast retreat, threatening the water supply to millions of the earth’s inhabitants.

The sad truth is, that even if we reduce GHG emissions significantly, there has already been so much warming, the glaciers will continue to shrink.

Through photos and a series of excellent maps, this article illustrates the issue. [New York Times]

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