Argentina’s glaciers, which are among the most extensive in South America, have been observed to be diminishing over the 20-year period from 1984 to 2004. Some, such as the Upsala glacier, the second largest in South America, have been disappearing at a rate of 200 meters per year.
Glaciologist Dr. Ricardo Villalba, director of the Argentine Institute of Snow and Glacier Research and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLA) stated that climate change is the primary cause for glacial retreat, with secondary causes being activities such as mining and the petroleum industry.
In response to the persistent urging of IANIGLA and various environmental groups, the Argentine Congress recently passed a law to help preserve the glaciers from human endeavors that might place them in further jeopardy, especially mining. Many thanks, Dr. Villalba and colleagues and Argentine government for your concerned advocacy and protective actions.
May everyone swiftly adopt sustainable living practices that restore climate balance for all beings in the world. During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the disappearing ice while warming of the global warming-induced predicaments facing humanity, while reminding of the most effective solution.