By Leon J Williams
Fresh water could be in short supply or non-existent as glaciers in the Andes mountain range continue to disappear.
The BBC reports:
The glaciers, which provide fresh water for tens of millions in South America, are retreating at their fastest rate in the past 300 years.
The study included data on about half of all Andean glaciers and blamed the melting on an average temperature rise of 0.7C from 1950-1994.
Is this the result of man-made pollution or part of a natural long-term trend?
Either way one thing is for sure, the effects of this will have a massive impact on millions of people and something must be done to curtail the consequences.
Countries around the world are clearly not doing enough to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions with the US polluting 17.67 tons per capita (one of the worlds highest) and China polluting a total of 7.7 million tons (the worlds highest).
Global Co2 emissions fell from 2008-2009 by 0.3% will this pathetic rate of improvement prove to be too little too late?