Today’s Depressing Climate Change News – Glaciers Edition

In addition to leading to drought that is killing off a not-insignificant part of the Amazonian rainforest, climate change is also accelerating the melting of the Andean glaciers in South America, and recent rates suggest many glaciers may completely disappear. The glaciers the run-off from them in the spring provides a major source of water for people living in Andean countries like Bolivia and Peru; the disappearance of these glaciers could destroy the water source for tens of millions of South Americans and providing a powerful reminder that humans’ current environmental policies and actions could very well destroy the basic water supplies for people not just in South America, but in places like India and China, making water supplies one of the increasingly pressing concerns of the 21st century.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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