Monday, December 17, 2007
Reference: Early climate change victim Andes water, Bangkok Post, December 18, 2007
The article says that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels has caused such a reduction in the size of glaciers in the Andes that the area is now suffering from a shortage of water (Early climate change victim Andes water, Bangkok Post, December 18, 2007). The area in question is a semi-arid region subject to droughts and supplied by melt water from evanescent glaciers that have come and gone in cycles for thousands of years. The history of the region has been shaped by changes in this source of water. The current state of relative dessication is a part of a well known pattern of water supply in the Andes and it cannot in any way be related to carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.