Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bolivia’s Vanishing Chacaltaya Glacier: What It Means for all of Us



“Bolivia’s plight is in not an isolated incident,” Rick Crouthamel adds. “Our environment is clearly changing, and the human population is struggling to cope. Action must be taken, and it must be taken now.”

The glaciers that have long provided water and electricity to this part of Bolivia are melting and disappearing, victims of global warming, most scientists say.

If the water problems are not solved, El Alto, a poor sister city of La Paz, could perhaps be the first large urban casualty of climate change. A World Bank report concluded last year that climate change would eliminate many glaciers in the Andes within 20 years, threatening the existence of nearly 100 million people.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting that and directing me to the articles. I grew up spending summers in Bolivia (winter there) and there was always a concern about water. I've been to the places described... I'm worried. But Bolivia is so very slow at taking action when it counts - who know how this will all turn out?

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