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In November, Unesco released a report highlighting one of the most visible consequences of climate change: in thirty years, a third of the glaciers classified as World Heritage will have disappeared. To illustrate this urgency, we take the direction of Argentina, a country which has more than 16,000 glaciers and which monitors them very closely. There, the data is particularly worrying: Patagonia, in particular, is the region with the most significant melting on the planet.
To preserve these essential water resources, the country voted in 2010 a law unique in the world for the protection of glaciers, which limits any exploitation, in particular mining, near glaciers. It has also set up a team of researchers who carry out field monitoring, year after year, of these ice giants.
“Argentina: disappearing glaciers”, a report by Éléonore Vanel.