Chile’s glacial melt has scientists worried


A group of scientists is preparing to warn Chile’s government that it must move faster to address threats posed by melting glaciers, particularly the deluges known as glacial lake outburst floods, or GLOFs. “As the landscape responds to climate and global changes, the time for action is running out,” says a letter that 12 scientists from Chile, Canada, Europe and the United States are preparing to send to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and other officials. “The glacial risks in Patagonia carry economic and social implications. They will not only affect the landscape, but the infrastructure and people as well.” The scientists last September gathered for a symposium in Santiago called “Glacial Hazards Under Changing Conditions and Climate Uncertainty.” The symposium, sponsored by the U.S.-based... [Log in to read more]

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