Latest story in Global Warning in Washington Post

Global Warning is back. Heather Somerville of Medill National Security Reporting Project reports from the Andes in Peru, where mountain glaciers are rapidly melting. The story is available today, Jan. 17, in The Washington Post.

Among the story’s findings:
• Entire glaciers are expected to disappear in 10 years, quicker than many scientists predicted
• Glacier melt in Peru has already caused water shortages, leading to conflict, displacing communities and threatening agriculture
• The U.S. is unprepared to address climate change in South America within five years – the window of opportunity Peru has before glacier melt becomes a security crisis
• Peru’s water crisis will test how the U.S. will deal with climate change using diplomacy and foreign aid in allied nations

Watch the video, and explore the rest of Global Warning’s investigations, on our site.

Photo by Heather Somerville/Medill


Up next: Glacier melt in the Andes

Global Warning will publish Heather Somerville’s investigative story on the national security impact of glacier melt in the Andes on Monday, Jan. 17. There’s plenty more to come — so stay tuned.


Heather versus the glacier

Mount Huascarán, Peru's highest mountain at 22,200 feet, towers above the other glacier peaks in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Andes in northern Peru.

Our South America reporter Heather Somerville sent us a brief update today from her travels in Peru, where she is tracking the effects of glacial melt in the country:
“Monday through Thursday of last week was full — and I mean full — of interviews with government officials, environmentalists and NGOs. It was a whirlwind, and it was by and large very successful. Thursday I traveled to the Cordillera Blanca, a glorious place in the northern Peruvian Andes, where I spent Friday with Peru’s leading glacier scientist, who took me to two communities impacted by glacier melt.
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