Retreating glaciers threaten Peru’s water supply

A new study in the Journal of Glaciology spells bad news for regions of Peru. The study shows that the glaciers on the Cordillera Blanca mountain range are retreating much faster than previously thought.

This is likely to lead to droughts in many of the arid regions that get their water from the glaciers and a water shortage that will take effect about 20 – 30 years earlier than had previously been expected.

Michel Baraer, lead researcher on the study, said that the results showed that the time needed for the region to adapt to the coming water shortages, previously thought to be decades off, simply didn’t exist.

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