ABC NEWS – About 3.6 billion people already face inadequate access to water at least a month per year, according to the United Nations. That number is expected to increase to 5 billion by 2050, officials said. Extreme glacier loss is occurring from the Tibetan Plateau to mountain ranges in the Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes — all of which threaten the water security for millions of people who live on the rivers supplied by the melting. “Glaciers and ice cover are retreating before our eyes,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Tallas said in a statement.
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