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1/30/2007

Melting of glaciers 'speeds up'

Earth/Environment News: Paris
Graph: MOUNTAIN GLACIERS DECLINE
Data comes from sample of 30 mountain glaciers
Glaciers have different densities, so thinning is expressed in metres of water equivalent (mwe)
One mwe is roughly equivalent to 1.1m of ice


Jan 29, 2007
Mountain glaciers are shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1980s. With mountain glaciers typically only tens of metres thick, this means that many will disappear on a timescale of decades if the trend continues. "We can say there were times during the warmer periods of the last 10,000 years when glaciers have been comparable to what they are now. But it is not the past that worries us, it is the future. With the scenarios predicted, we will enter CONDITIONS WHICH WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN THE PAST 10,000 YEARS, and PERHAPS CONDITIONS WHICH MANKIND HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED." Wilfried Haeberli, WGMS.

CLIMATE REPORT ALMOST READY
World scientists meet on global warming
Jan 29, 2007
PARIS — Scientists from around the world gathered Monday in Paris to finalize a long-awaited, authoritative report on climate change, expected to give a grim warning of rising temperatures and sea levels worldwide. Photo: Greenpeace activists display a banner on the Eiffel Tower as scientists from around the world gathered in Paris, Monday Jan. 29, 2007 to finalize an authoritative report on climate change.

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