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U.N.: Glaciers shrinking at record rate – CNN.com

Posted by midnightcraz on March 16, 2008

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) — Glaciers are shrinking at record rates and many could disappear within decades, the U.N. Environment Program said Sunday.

Scientists measuring the health of almost 30 glaciers around the world found that ice loss reached record levels in 2006, the U.N. agency said.

UNEP warned that further ice loss could have dramatic consequences particularly in India, whose rivers are fed by Himalayan glaciers.

The west coast of North America, which gets much of its water from glaciers in mountain ranges such as the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, also would be affected, it said.

U.N.: Glaciers shrinking at record rate – CNN.com

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