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Climate change wreaking havoc with Colombia's glaciers: government

AFP  |  Bogota 

has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colombia's mountaintop cover in just seven years, the government has said.

The surface area of its six glaciers has shrunk from 45 square kilometers in 2010 to 37 square kilometers in 2017, for a decline of 18 percent, the Institute of Hydrology, said.

It blamed the loss on "extreme events associated with natural phenomena and " If things go on like this the snow and ice covering atop Santa Isabel, a volcano in the Cordillera Central mountains, could vanish over the next 10 years, said Omar Franco, the of the institute.

In the last two years alone, has lost six percent of its mass, the institute said.

Minister said has much to lose in global warming because in the whole world it is ranked second only to in terms of biodiversity.

"We call on countries that are big emitters of greenhouse gases to live up to their commitments," Murillo said.

is a relatively low-level emitter, he added, "but even so, it has impacts on the country.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 13:30 IST