Here's a thought for parents of young children: forget skiing lessons. Teach your kids to swim. The newest predictions on Europe's Alpine glaciers tell us they'll soon be much reduced. And there well may be serious flooding down at the bottom.
The World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich now says most
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And it's not just the situation that seems to get worse for skiers. So have the predictions. Just last spring, the Zurich-based glacier folks said Europe could lose three-quarters of its Alpine glaciers in a century. Some are now decreasing three percent annually.
There may be a race between Greenland glaciers and those on the Alps to see who vanishes first. Meanwhile, many of the world's rich and powerful are gathering in Davos, Switzerland, not far from the dying glaciers. It's the World Economic Forum. Their Web site claims they're paying attention.