Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk 40 Percent in Four Decades

17 Oct 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
LIMA, Peru

The Peruvian government announced this week climate change has caused the nation’s glaciers to shrink by 40 percent over the past four decades, resulting in the creation of nearly 1,000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980.In addition, the surface area of 90 percent of Peruvian glaciers has become smaller than one square kilometer, increasing the risk that the glaciers will completely disappear in a short time, according to an update to the nation’s glacier inventory conducted by Peru’s water authority, ANA.Peru has some 2,679 glaciers spread over 19 mountain ranges, which supply most of the country’s freshwater resources, including drinking water...

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