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The effects of global warming are visible upon the surface of the earth today. Telltale signs of climate change and glaciers are non- disputed. When one thinks of climate change and glaciers, the polar ice caps come to mind, but the truth of the matter is that glaciers are melting all over the world from the Artic Circle to Antarctica and places in between.

The importance of glaciers cannot be stressed enough. Glaciers have been with us since the dawn of time. They are the world’s largest source of fresh water and these wonderful frozen rivers are melting at an alarming rate.

Scientists maintain it is natural for glaciers to melt, stating they have diminished in size since the ending of the Little Ice Age in Europe and other parts of the World in 1850. However, they have seen the decrease in glacial surfaces accelerate within the last twenty years. The evidence of climate change and glaciers melting because of it is alarming.

Scientists speculate that global warming will continue to increase with the average climate temperature rising by 1 to 5.8 degrees Celsius by the end of our present century. This trend of climate change and glaciers meltdown will wreck havoc upon our Earth in epic proportions. Human survival will be at risk from major floods, droughts, and shortages of drinking water. Millions of people and animals will die.

The areas of the world that will be affected by climate change and glaciers melting beside the poles, and Greenland, will include:

The South American countries of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia where millions of people depend upon the glaciers for their major source of fresh water especially in their dry seasons will experience major shortages. Once the glaciers have vanished completely so will their water supply.

The largest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, are losing their glacier ice caps. As the ice melts into water it will cause the rivers to overflow creating massive floods. Eventually the waters will subside and there will be water shortages to areas covering one third of the world population.

Little Island nations such as the Polynesian Island of Tuvalu, previously known as the Ellice Islands, and parts of the Solomon Islands will not be exempt from glacier meltdown. The fallout from rising sea levels upon these coastal nations will be devastating as major floods and death will become inevitable.

Polar Bears are now listed on the endangered species list because of climate change and glaciers melting. They are losing their habitat and major food source, the artic seal. Certain species of birds nest upon ice such as the Kittlitz’s Murrelet. They too will lose their natural habitat. These rare birds hunt upon the ice. Furthermore, the beautiful Royal Bengal Tigers, also an endangered species, will loss a great part of their home in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest in the world stretching from Bengal, India to Bangladesh.

This planet is headed for a natural calamity of epic proportion if climate change and glaciers meltdown continue on this course disrupting ecosystems and causing major damage along the way.

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