PerspectiveClimate Change

Saying goodbye to glaciers

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Science  12 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 580-581
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9625

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Summary

Global glacier volume is shrinking. This loss of Earth's land ice is of international concern. Rising seas, to which melting ice is a key contributor, are expected to displace millions of people within the lifetime of many of today's children. But the problems of glacier loss do not stop at sea level rise; glaciers are also crucial water sources, integral parts of Earth's air and water circulation systems, nutrient and shelter suppliers for flora and fauna, and unique landscapes for contemplation or exploration.