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The Alps without glaciers
Tuesday December 1, 2009 - Email this article to a friend

Not enough is being done to prepared for their eventual disappearance. That's the warning from a group of scientists.

They were meeting in the ski resort of Crans Montana to contemplate what will happen if, and when, the alpine glaciers melt.

The glaciers provide drinking water and hydro electric power for many communitities and they also have a huge influnece on the tourist industry in both summer and winter.

For many people the Alps without the glaciers is unimaginable but some say that will happen if the climate continues to change at the same rate.

Retreating alpine glaciersRetreating alpine glaciers"Extending over 1,000 square kilometres, Swiss glaciers have a huge influence on the environment, habitat and local population and it's hard to imagine they might one day disappear," said study author Christine Neff.

"But communities are very laidback and are just waiting for things to happen."

They need to come together to share best practices for dealing with melting glaciers, and residents, tourists, local authorities and schools should be better informed about the impact, Neff told the 70 participants.

See the video below we made here at PlanetSKI in the summer from the glacier above Saas Fee, that is retreating fast.

For more details on the report and the story see the original article on Swiss Info

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