The retreat of McCall Glacier in North Alaska. The left panel is 1958; the right panel is 2003
World's Glaciers 'Out Of Balance' -- BBC
Earth's glaciers are seriously out of balance with the global climate and are already on their way to losing almost 40% of their volume.
That is the assessment of scientists after studying a representative group of 144 small and large glaciers around the world.
Their figure assumes no further warming of the climate.
However, if temperatures continue to rise as models predict, the wastage will be even higher, the team says.
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