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Alukea, a local man of the Yi minority, looks out from a valley onto the Hailuogou glacier below. "The glacier is not the same as before. The weather seems to get warmer every year." Sichuan Province, China. As a result of rising temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau, the Hailuogou glacier has retreated over 2 km during the 20th century alone. Since the Little Ice Age, studies have revealed that the total monsoonal glacier coverage in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau has decreased by as much as 30 percent, causing alarm in scientific circles.


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