유엔환경계획 (UNEP)은 전 세계 빙하가 기록적인 속도로 줄어들고 있다며, 수십년 안에 빙하가 사라질 지 모른다고 말했습니다.

UNEP는 16일 지난 2006년 빙하는 평균 1.5 미터 줄어들었다며, 이는 2005년의 0.5 미터에 비해 크게 늘어난 것이라고 말했습니다.

유엔환경계획 (UNEP)은 빙하가 더 줄어들 경우 큰 문제가 될 수 있다며, 특히 수백만명이 히말라야 산맥의 빙하가 녹아내린 물에 의존하고 있는 아시아에 큰 타격을 줄 수 있다고 말했습니다.

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The United Nations Environment Program says the world's glaciers are shrinking at record rates and many could disappear within decades -- in a troubling sign of global climate change.

The U.N. agency said today (Sunday) that glaciers shrank by an average of one-point-five meters in 2006, up from just over half a meter in 2005. The agency says further ice loss could have dramatic consequences, particularly in Asia where millions of people depend on seasonal melt water from the Himalayas.

The World Glacier Monitoring Service tracked data from almost 30 glaciers in nine separate mountain ranges for the study.

Also today, the world's top 20 emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming wrapped up talks in Japan on shaping a post-Kyoto Protocol climate pact. Representatives from top carbon emitters such as the U.S. and China agreed with their counterparts from developing nations to back U.N.-led efforts to fight global warming.