Mountain Glaciers and Climate Change Report
There is increasing concern about the effects of climate change on high mountain glaciers and the resulting impact on sea-level rises, natural hazards and water resources. A new UNEP report - being launched today in Cancun - examines the impact of receding glaciers and changing precipitation levels on communities worldwide. At present, over half of the global population lives in watersheds of major rivers originating in mountains with glaciers and snow. Changes in the intensity and timing of rains, added to the melting of snow, can have serious consequences for food security, livelihoods, water resources and health.
The report examines adaptation strategies needed to deal with the water challenges (including access to fresh water, flooding risks and higher water demands from agriculture and industry) now facing many of the worlds' poorest communities.