Peru – host country for two weeks in Lima of the Climate Conference – the volume of glaciers decreases inexorably. At over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level, Peru is home to the largest tropical glacier area in the world. This heritage is in danger, since 1980 the area covered by these mountains of ice has fallen by 40%.
90% of Peruvian glaciers are endangered. For scientists, it is clear, the temperature rise is the cause of their rapid and inexorable melting. Another sign is the number of lakes that emerged in the region over the last forty years. “There are now 996 new lakes and it is not difficult to understand, says Nelson Santillana, a glaciologist.. When a glacier retreats, the first thing it leaves is a basin”
Peru just like any mountain areas is vulnerable to climate change, as well as any form of pollution. Protect our mountains, take care of our environment!