Members of the glaciology unit of Peru’s national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru. The glaciology unit is measuring ice thickness and according to Alejo Cochachin at the unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 metres between 1980 and 2014
The Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz is one of the fastest receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, according to a 2012 paper by the University of Texas and the Huascaran National Park. Peru is home to 71 per cent of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are a source of fresh water for millions, but 22 per cent of the surface area of Peruvian glaciers has disappeared in the past 30 years alone, according to the World Bank. Environmental issues are under the spotlight during a meeting of a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Stockholm from September 23-27.