Live near a water source fed by mountain glaciers? That could change.
Most of the world’s mountain glaciers, many of which feed major rivers and water supplies, are shrinking at an accelerating pace as the climate warms, according to a new report.
The report charts changes through 2006. It was issued Monday by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, which is based at the University of Zurich and supported by the United Nations Environment Program.
Dealing with global warming didn’t have to be painful, but that would have taken leadership. Instead we got eight years of ideological stonewalling. At this point, as advanced as the problem has become, I’m not even convinced that we can push climate back over the warming threshold. When summer ice in the Arctic is replaced with water and open ground, that part of the Earth will absorb far more solar radiation. Warming will eventually take on a life of its own. The longer we wait the steeper the cost of making a meaningful change will become. But then, at the rate that things are changing the cost of doing nothing will probably be even harsher. Take your pick.