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Media Advisory: From Alaska to New Zealand, UNEP report studies effects of glacier changes
07/ 12/ 2010

Media Advisory: From Alaska to New Zealand, UNEP report studies effects of glacier changesMountain Glaciers and Climate Change Report

There is increasing concern about the effects of climate change on high mountain glaciers and the resulting impact on sea-level rises, natural hazards and water resources. A new UNEP report - being launched today in Cancun - examines the impact of receding glaciers and changing precipitation levels on communities worldwide. At present, over half of the global population lives in watersheds of major rivers originating in mountains with glaciers and snow. Changes in the intensity and timing of rains, added to the melting of snow, can have serious consequences for food security, livelihoods, water resources and health.

The report examines adaptation strategies needed to deal with the water challenges (including access to fresh water, flooding risks and higher water demands from agriculture and industry) now facing many of the worlds' poorest communities.

Press conference

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2010

Time: 09:30 - 10:00 (Cancun)

Location: Room 'Sol', Ground Floor, Moon Palace Expo Centre (Universal), Cancun

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment, Norway
John Crump, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Kaveh Zahedi, Climate Change Coordinator, UNEP

For More Information, Please Contact:

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, on , Tel. +41 79 596 5737 or +254 733 632755

UNEP Newsdesk/Nairobi on , Tel. +254 20 762 5022

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