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According to the authors of the study the worldâ€™s glaciers lost 2 meters (2000 mm) of thickness on average in 2006-2007. And that "the new data continues the global trend in accelerated ice loss over the past few decades." The authors also note that the rate of ice loss is twice as fast as a decade ago.
Prof Wilfried Haeberli, director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, warns that many glaciers will disappear by the middle of the century. And that this will result in devastating effects around the world such as rising sea levels and threatening the livelihoods of over two billion people.