Friday, November 19, 2004

The knee bone's connected
to the thigh bone

So what if the world's glaciers are melting? We're enjoying a balmy November. Global warming has its upside. Except that those glaciers are an integral part of the world's water supply. They store water and gradually release it to the world's rivers, an especially helpful role during the dry months of the year. Just to give you an idea of how serious the impact is, Reuters reports that 75 percent of the world's fresh water is stored as glacial ice.

"It's a huge issue in the long run because once the glaciers go, you're down to whatever happens to fall out of the sky and come downstream," said a scientist who raised the concern at an international conference this week.

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