Global Warning is back. Heather Somerville of Medill National Security Reporting Project reports from the Andes in Peru, where mountain glaciers are rapidly melting. The story is available today, Jan. 17, in The Washington Post.
Among the story’s findings:
• Entire glaciers are expected to disappear in 10 years, quicker than many scientists predicted
• Glacier melt in Peru has already caused water shortages, leading to conflict, displacing communities and threatening agriculture
• The U.S. is unprepared to address climate change in South America within five years – the window of opportunity Peru has before glacier melt becomes a security crisis
• Peru’s water crisis will test how the U.S. will deal with climate change using diplomacy and foreign aid in allied nations