November 28, 2003

Melting glaciers may make billions thirsty

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Melting glaciers may make billions thirsty

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) --The world's glaciers could
melt within a century if global warming accelerates,
leaving billions of people short of water and some
islanders without a home, environmentalists said.

"Unless governments take urgent action to prevent
global warming, billions of people worldwide may face
severe water shortages as a result of the alarming
melting rate of glaciers, the WWF group said in a
report Thursday. It said human impact on the climate
was melting glaciers from the Andes to the Himalayas,
bringing longer-term threats of higher sea levels that
could swamp island states.

Officials from 180 nations will meet in Milan on
December 1-12 to discuss international efforts to rein
in a rise in global temperatures, blamed by scientists
on emissions of gases from factories and cars that are
blanketing the planet.

"Simulations project that a 4.0 Celsius (8.0 F) rise
in temperature would eliminate nearly all of the
world's glaciers" by the end of the century, WWF said.

Himalayan glaciers feed seven great rivers of Asia
that run through China and India, the world's most
populous nations, ensuring a year-round water supply
to two billion people.

WWF said that nations most at risk also included
Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, where melt water from
Andean glaciers supplies millions during dry seasons.

Island states like Tuvalu in the Pacific, meanwhile,
could be submerged by rising sea levels triggered by
melting glaciers.

Sea levels could rise even further if two of the
world's largest ice caps, in Antarctica and Greenland,
melt substantially, though the report left them out of
its reckoning because of their unpredictability.

Glaciers are ancient rivers of packed snow that creep
through the landscape, shaping the planet's surface.


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Posted by richard at November 28, 2003 09:36 AM