Climate change and the Andean cryosphere
Glaciers of the tropical Andes are strongly threatened by global climate change, as revealed by a new report from FARN – Fundacion Ambiente y Recursos Naturales – with support from AirClim. The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world, extending for more than 7,000 km from Venezuela in the north to Argentina in the south.
Glaciers are retreating along the entire length of the Andes, with some glaciers having lost two-thirds or more of their mass. Glacial meltwater is a critical water source for millions of people living in the Andean highlands.