March 2, 2011

Mexican glacier could disappear in just a few years

Scientists warn that glaciers atop a Mexican volcano are melting at a far more rapid pace than previously believed and could disappear in four short years due to global warming. Currently dormant volcano Iztaccihuatl was once home to five glaciers, a number which has now dropped to three. It contains one of the world's few tropical glaciers and one of only two such glacial fields remaining in Mexico.

Dr. Hugo Delgado, glaciologist at Mexico City's National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) believes that the current rapid pace of melting ice will render all to be gone by 2015. Commenting on previous estimates that the glacier would last several decades, he stated, “What we've seen at Iztaccihuatl is an intense period of glacial retreat in the last few years, which has changed the picture.”

The glaciers' thickest point is now only around 10 meters, down from 90 meters measured in the past. Snowfalls are also noted to be ever rarer on the 5,200-meter peak, with vegetation that now grows at higher altitudes. As is the case elsewhere in the world, Mexico's disappearing glaciers spell trouble for populations and agriculture that depend on the annual snow melt for drinking water and hydropower.

Our appreciation, Dr. Delgado and colleagues, for your work that raises awareness on the rapid decline of the unique Iztaccihuatl glacier field. May we quickly act in all ways necessary to reverse climate change, thus preserving our beautiful planet and her diverse inhabitants.

Speaking during a March 2009 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed humanity's urgent need to adopt the most eco-conducive lifestyles to halt such dangerous glacier retreat and save the Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The glacier on the Iztaccihuatl volcano in Central Mexico lost 30 meters in 6 years. The temperature of the glaciers is close to freezing, but it's not freezing. So, the temperature does not preserve the glacier, so the glacier on the Iztaccihuatl, Pico de Orizaba volcanoes, the glaciers there are expected to disappear in the next 10 or something years. You can look that up on the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

There are surely more terrible situations in Mexico that are not checked, due to our carelessness in taking care of the environment, and the global warming resulting thereof. We still have hope, high hope to save the planet.

You just be vegetarian, and then you ask anybody who you know to be vegetarian with you. That's the most simple solution and the most effective to save the planet, according to scientific research, according to medical research, and according to all the religious advice.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=865001
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41600976/ns/world_news-americas/

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