Bolivia's Tuni glacier is disappearing
worsening water shortages in its capital city
Location: El Alto, Bolivia
(SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) GLACIOLOGIST AT THE UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRES (UMSA), DR EDSON RAMIREZ, SAYING:"We can imagine that the Tuni glacier during the 16th and 17th centuries, which we called the Little Ice Age, it reached where we are at this time. All of this area was covered by ice and the glacier has been melting over a long period of time."
Scientists thought the glacier would last through 2025
but now say its disappearance is imminent
This will likely worsen water shortages
in La Paz and other cities
(SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) GLACIOLOGIST AT THE UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRES (UMSA), DR EDSON RAMIREZ, SAYING:"There's a problem with population increase and the growth of great urban areas. For example, with the city of El Alto there's a growth of about 5% per year. In the city of La Paz, it is about 2.5% per year. So with the reduction in water sources you have an increase in the population and an increase in demand for water."