World’s Glaciers Melting at Record Rate

March 26, 2008 • Climate Change & Mitigation, News

The rate in which glaciers are melting and thinning has more than doubled since 2004, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned while urging countries to agree on a new emissions reduction pact.

The findings come from the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), a Switzerland-based agency that is supported by UNEP.

Data was collected from nearly 30 glaciers in nine mountain ranges from 2004 to 2006. The findings are significant since global glaciers provide a vital water source for millions of people worldwide.

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