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Posted Sat Dec 20 2008: from BBC:
Swiss glaciers 'in full retreat'
Swiss glaciers are melting away at an accelerating rate and many will vanish this century if climate projections are correct, two new studies suggest. One assessment found that some 10 cubic km of ice have been lost from 1,500 glaciers over the past nine years. The other study, based on a sample of 30 representative glaciers, indicates the group's members are now losing a metre of thickness every year. Both pieces of work come out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. "The trend is negative, but what we see is that the trend is also steepening," said Matthias Huss from the Zurich university's Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology.
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Joe says: "Maybe this news will cause the Swiss to abandon neutrality and declare a chocolate embargo on the world until global warming is addressed."

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And everyone knows, Swiss glaciers are the very best kind of glaciers.

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