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Published May 2002
LGVN Environment - Mountain Stories

Glaciers Melting Fast

Recent satellite studies are showing a rapid decline in glacial regions on mountains around the globe.

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution global temperatures have risen sharply through human generated Co2 emissions, now shown to be the main cause of the greenhouse effect.

In the Alpine glacial areas of Western Europe this has been further proved by studies showing that 50% of glaciers have disappeared since 1850. The melting is now gathering pace and in the Pyrenees the number of Spanish glaciers has fallen from 27 in 1980 to 13 at present.

In Africa, ice on the summit of Kilimanjaro could melt completely in the next 20 years if the Earth continues to warm at its accelerating rate.

It has now been estimated that all glaciers in Tropical regions will have melted by 2020 and globally in all regions by 2050. This of course will have a devastating effect on local biodiversity and surrounding mountain communities.

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