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Date published: 2008/03/16

The BBC says:

The rate at which some of the world's glaciers are melting has more than doubled, data from the United Nations Environment Programme has shown.

Average glacial shrinkage has risen from 30 centimetres per year between 1980 and 1999, to 1.5 metres in 2006.

Some of the biggest losses have occurred in the Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges in Europe.

Experts have called for "immediate action" to reverse the trend, which is seen as a key climate change indicator.

The rate at which some of the world's glaciers are melting has more than doubled, data from the United Nations Environment Programme has shown.

Average glacial shrinkage has risen from 30 centimetres per year between 1980 and 1999, to 1.5 metres in 2006.

Some of the biggest losses have occurred in the Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges in Europe.

Experts have called for "immediate action" to reverse the trend, which is seen as a key climate change indicator.

A not very surprising report for anyone who knows anything about (for example) Alpine glaciers (although, given the recent weather, the current year might not have such a dramatic shrinkage).

Of course we have the accompanying calls for "immediate action". Unless these "experts" mean the immediate shutting down of the global economy (something which seems to be nearly happening on its own accord) then they know it will be decades at best before the trend could be reversed, because under any plausible scenario, emissions are going to continue to grow (so not even coming close to dramatically declining) for the forseeable future, and then there is the in-built time lag.

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