Cli­mate change wreak­ing havoc with Colom­bia’s glaciers: Govt

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CLI­MATE change has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colom­bia’s moun­tain­top glacier cover in just seven years, the gov­ern­ment has said. The sur­face area of its six glaciers has shrunk from 45 square kilo­me­ters in 2010 to 37 square kilo­me­ters in 2017, for a de­cline of 18 per­cent, the In­sti­tute of Hy­drol­ogy, Me­te­o­rol­ogy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies said.

In the last two years alone, Colom­bia has lost six per­cent of its glacier mass, the in­sti­tute said.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Luis Gil­berto Murillo said Colom­bia has much to lose in global warm­ing be­cause in the whole world it is ranked se­cond only to Brazil in terms of bio­di­ver­sity.

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