Retreating glaciers mean less drinking water

Glacier in Peru. Photo from 1978 on left, 2004 on right.

Glaciers are shrinking worldwide. This means less drinking water for billions. Celcias has an excellent overview, focusing on several countries.

Key quote:

“When the glaciers are gone, they are gone. What does a place like Lima do? Or, in northwest China, there are 300 million people relying on snowmelt for water supply. There’s no way to replace it until the next ice age.”

Thankfully, we will soon have a president who is not in denial about climate change.