27 Jul '11, 11am

A new documentary explores how disappearing glaciers devastate communities (via @grist)

As the glaciers disappear, so too will traditional ways of life that depend on them. Photo: Ana Carolina von Esch When we describe something as moving at a glacial pace, we usually mean it progresses so slowly it's imperceptible. Glaciers appear as permanent and unchanging as the mountains they cling to, so glacial recession brought on by rising global temperatures feels abstract, distant. But the people of the Andes feel glacial movement each season, and it already affects their lives in swift and devastating ways -- depleting local water supplies, sending people packing for the big city, and damaging cultural traditions that for centuries have depended on those seemingly permanent rivers of ice. Glacial Balance , a documentary in the works by director Ethan Steinman , looks at the human toll taken by the glaciers' disappearance. "I was more interested in people's stories...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-07-27-ice-crisis...

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