´Exposing´ the facts on Climate Change

´Exposing´ the facts on Climate Change Last Friday, nearly 600 men and women volunteers stripped naked to pose for US photographer Spencer Tunick on the slope of a melting Swiss glacier. The photo shoot on the Aletsch glacier was commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace as part of a campaign to raise awareness about global warming.Despite the Alpine setting 2,300m (7545 feet) up, the temperature was well above freezing, at between 10 and 15C. Tunick specialises in such scenes, which he calls “body landscapes”. His previous backdrops have ranged from Caracas to New York. The Aletsch glacier is a protected Unesco World Heritage site. Greenpeace have highlighted the importance of mountain glaciers on their website: “Global warming is stripping away our glaciers and leaving our entire planet vulnerable to extreme weather, floods, sea-level rise, global decreases in carrying capacity and agricultural production, fresh water shortages, disease and mass human dislocations. If global warming continues at its current rate, most glaciers in Switzerland will completely disappear by 2080, leaving nothing but valleys and slopes strewn with rock debris. Over the last 150 years, alpine glaciers have reduced in size by approximately one third of their surface and half of their mass, and this melting is accelerating. The Aletsch Glacier retreated 115 meters (377 feet) in a single year from 2005 to 2006” In the greater Himalaya, the melting of glaciers is becoming a more immediate problems due to the huge lakes that have been created from the melt water. As the lakes rise, the natural defences are coming under increasing strain and there is an increasing worry that if (or when) the banks break, towns and villages further down the valley could be completley destroyed. Source: BBC & Greenpeace Related: Spencer Tunick website>> Greenpeace´s 7 Steps towards an energy saving [r]evolution>>