The latest edition of Earth Day was held on April 22nd with the theme of “The Face of Climate Change.” While some strides have been made towards addressing global warming, the phenomena have been blamed for environmental problems in parts of the world.
Scientists have identified climate change as the main reason for the rapid melting of glaciers in several Latin America countries. Such is the case in Peru where the nation’s eighteen mountain glaciers are vital to the region's water sources for drinking, irrigation and electricity. The possibility that Peru’s glaciers could disappear over the next few decades has officials in Peru and the U.S. worried over the political ramifications of “millions and millions of hungry and thirsty” individuals.
Peruvian communities have created innovative ways to prevent the shortage of water caused by the shrinking glaciers. It remains to be seen if catching moisture from fogs and other measures will be sufficient to help Peruvians:
A quick note: posting will be very light today and Friday. As a result, we’ll be publishing several articles over the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Video Sources – YouTube via NTDTV and Daniel Grossman
Online Sources – Christian Science Monitor; The Latin Americanist