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10/11/2013

Vanishing Glaciers in Peru

Images from Peru where the Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range
according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park.

Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues were under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who met in Stockholm from September 23-27, 2013.

Leading climate scientists said they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries. The IPCC said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last. It said the Earth was set for more heatwaves, floods, droughts and rising sea levels from melting ice sheets that could swamp coasts and low-lying islands as greenhouse gases built up in the atmosphere.

 

REUTERS PHOTOS/Mariana Bazo

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Water drips from an icicle at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, September 19, 2013.

 

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A lake formed from melt water from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz September 19, 2013.

 

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Tom Rodriguez, a mountain guide and volunteer at Peru's Glaciology Unit, checks meteorological instruments used to measure climate in front of Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013.

 

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A quenual or paper-bark tree is seen near Llanganuco Lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, at Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013.

 

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A sign shows the altitudes of the Pastoruri montain and glacier, while red tape prohibits closer access, along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September 19, 2013.

 

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Tourists visit the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz September 19, 2013.

 

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A view of a glacier on the flank of Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz September 18, 2013.

 

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An ice cave at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen in Huaraz, September 19, 2013.

 

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