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    Posted December 16, 2011 by
    Switzerland Verbier

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    Melting glaciers - no more snow or water?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     SamBolton says: 'I interviewed David Breashears, one of the best climbers in the world, who has done numerous expeditions to measure melting glaciers, as well as the Chair of Nestlé and others who were meeting to see how to get melting glaciers on the global agenda.'
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    Mountains and glaciers provide 60% of humanity with drinking water. But higher temperatures mean they are melting at unprecedented rates.

    The 11th of December was World Mountain Day and mountaineers and experts from around the world met in Verbier in the Swiss Alps. They linked up live between the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes and the Himalayas to see what can be done to stop the melt and how to put mountains and melting glaciers on the global agenda as they weren`t even mentioned in the last round of climate talks in Durban.

    I spoke to these mountaineers and experts. David Breashears, a world renouned mountaineer who has climbed Mount Everest five times. His photos show that since the first British climbers climbed and photographed Mount Everest 90 yrs ago, the glaciers have retreated over 150 m in height. These glaciers in Tibet provide millions of people in India and China with drinking water. The same is happening the world over.

    Mountaineers see first-hand how bad and fast the melt is going and want the politicians to wake up and put them on the agenda before it is too late.
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