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Vanishing Glaciers in Peru - 11 Oct 2013
Images from Peru where the Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range
according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park.

Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27

Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries. The IPCC said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last. It said the Earth was set for more heatwaves, floods, droughts and rising sea levels from melting ice sheets that could swamp coasts and low-lying islands as greenhouse gases built up in the atmosphere.
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October 10, 2013
A view of the lake formed by meltwater from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz,...
Huaraz, Peru
A view of the lake formed by meltwater from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz...
A view of the lake formed by meltwater from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 10, 2013
The leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen from along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September...
Huaraz, Peru
The leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen from along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz
The leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen from along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 10, 2013
A glacier is seen on the flank of Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain, in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz,...
Huaraz, Peru
A glacier is seen on the flank of Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain, in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz...
A glacier is seen on the flank of Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain, in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 10, 2013
Llanganuco lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, is seen in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz,...
Huaraz, Peru
Llanganuco lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, is seen in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz...
Llanganuco lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, is seen in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
A view of a lake filled with glacial melt water is seen near Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National...
Huaraz, Peru
A view of a lake filled with glacial melt water is seen near Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National...
A view of a lake filled with glacial melt water is seen near Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
A view of a glacier on the flank of Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz September...
Huaraz, Peru
A view of a glacier on the flank of Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz
A view of a glacier on the flank of Chopicalqui montain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
A lake formed from melt water from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz September...
Huaraz, Peru
A lake formed from melt water from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz
A lake formed from melt water from the Pastoruri glacier, as seen from atop the glacier in Huaraz September 19, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
Water drips from an icicle at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, September 19, 2013....
Huaraz, Peru
Water drips from an icicle at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz
Water drips from an icicle at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 27, 2013
Tourists visit the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz September 19, 2013. The...
Huaraz, Peru
Tourists visit the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz
Tourists visit the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27.
Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
Chopicalqui mountain appears through clouds in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013....
Huaraz, Peru
Chopicalqui mountain appears through clouds in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz
Chopicalqui mountain appears through clouds in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
A quenual or paper-bark tree is seen near Llanganuco Lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, at...
Huaraz, Peru
A quenual or paper-bark tree is seen near Llanganuco Lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, at...
A quenual or paper-bark tree is seen near Llanganuco Lake, which is filled with glacial meltwater, at Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
A sign shows the altitudes of the Pastoruri montain and glacier, while red tape prohibits closer access,...
Huaraz, Peru
A sign shows the altitudes of the Pastoruri montain and glacier, while red tape prohibits closer access,...
A sign shows the altitudes of the Pastoruri montain and glacier, while red tape prohibits closer access, along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
Tom Rodriguez, a mountain guide and volunteer at Peru's Glaciology Unit, checks meteorological instruments...
Huaraz, Peru
Mountain guide Rodriguez checks meteorological instruments used to measure climate in front of Huascaran...
Tom Rodriguez, a mountain guide and volunteer at Peru's Glaciology Unit, checks meteorological instruments used to measure climate in front of Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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September 27, 2013
An ice cave at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri...
Huaraz, Peru
An ice cave at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen in Huaraz
An ice cave at the leading edge of the Pastoruri glacier is seen in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 27, 2013
Flower growers Juan (L), David, and Elida (R), work in their field irrigated with glacial melt water...
Huaraz, Peru
Farmers work in a field irrigated by glacial meltwater, below Huandoy montain in Yungay Valley
Flower growers Juan (L), David, and Elida (R), work in their field irrigated with glacial melt water in front of Huandoy mountain in Yungay valley, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL AGRICULTURE)
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September 27, 2013
An assistant guide returns from the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September...
Huaraz, Peru
An assistant guide returns from the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz
An assistant guide returns from the Pastoruri glacier along the Climate Change Route in Huaraz, September 19, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL ANIMALS)
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September 27, 2013
A bus drives on a road in front of Chopicalqui (L) and Huascaran mountains, in Huascaran National Park...
Huaraz, Peru
A bus drives on a road in front of Chopicalqui and Huascaran montains in Huaraz
A bus drives on a road in front of Chopicalqui (L) and Huascaran mountains, in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013. The nearby Pastoruri glacier is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71% of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22% of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to The World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are meeting in Stockholm from September 23-27. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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