Glacier du Tabuchet (Ecrins massif)
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Earth's glaciers 'out of balance'

Earth's glaciers are seriously out of balance with the global climate and are already committed to losing almost 40% of their volume.

That is the assessment of scientists after studying a representative group of 144 small and large glaciers around the world.

Their figures assume no further warming of the climate. Sebastian Mernild from Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, US, describes what is meant by glacier balance.

  • 26 Apr 2012