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Colombia’s glaciers could disappear in 30 years – report

AlertNet: Colombia's glaciers are melting so fast that the country has lost more than half of its glacier mass over the past three decades due to rising temperatures linked to climate change, according to a report by the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM). "In the last 30 years, we have lost 57 percent of our glacier mass due to climate change... If current trends continue it is estimated that in about 30 years there will be no snow-capped mountains in the country,"...

The world’s water-scarce hotspots

AlertNet: Water scarcity is both a natural and a human-made problem. Population growth, rapid urbanisation, industrial development, rising agricultural needs and overuse of lakes, waterways and aquifers - all put pressure on water supplies. Additional drivers of water scarcity include drought, desertification, rising sea levels and accelerated melting of glaciers, which scientists say are being exacerbated by climate change. The technical definition of water scarcity is a complex equation based on...