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Melting glaciers show climate change speeding up: UN, scientists

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Photo: A close up of the Sindipumba glacier on the north side of Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador. New data has shown that the melting of mountain glaciers worldwide is accelerating, a clear sign that climate change is also picking up, the UN environmental agency and scientists said.(AFP/File/Jorge Vinuenza)

Jan 29, 2007
GENEVA (AFP) - New data has shown that the melting of mountain glaciers worldwide is accelerating, a clear sign that climate change is also picking up, the UN environmental agency and scientists have said.
Thirty reference glaciers monitored by the Swiss-based World Glacier Monitoring Service lost about 66 centimetres (two feet) in thickness on average in 2005, the UN Environment Programme said in a statement Monday.
"The new data confirms the trend in accelerated loss during the past two and a half decades," it added.
The set of glaciers located around the world have thinned by about 10.5 metres (34.6 feet) on average since 1980, according to the data supplied by the Monitoring Service in Zurich.

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