NBC Nightly News Reports on Peru’s Retreating Glaciers & Water Conflicts, Dec. 8th

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In time for the Copenhagen climate summit: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the No. 1 nightly news show in the United States, is scheduled to air an investigative report on retreating glaciers and Peru’s pending water crisis next Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. EST.

Viewers can watch the full broadcast, including the four-minute special report, online at the Nightly News home page.

Environmental news correspondent Anne Thompson explores the accelerating retreat of tropical glaciers in Peru and the downstream effects of dwindling melt-water on agriculture, hydroelectricity and drinking water supplies for highlanders and coastal dwellers.

Peru is among the three countries in the world most vulnerable to the effects of climate change (IPCC), and its dependence on glacier melt-water for most of its water needs could spell disaster for this Andean nation within 20 to 30 years.

Thompson and her news team traveled throughout Peru for ten days of investigations in early October. The team spent time at Pastoruri Glacier, Huascaran National Park, Laguna Parón and Cañon del Pato, in the department of Ancash, where Thompson interviewed glaciologists, community leaders, farmers and environmentalists.

Back in Lima, the team explored the hardships suffered by inhabitants of Ate-Vitarte and other shantytowns without running water service. Minister of the Environment Antonio Brack Egg spoke to Thompson about Peru’s environmental policy, mineral rights and proposed solutions to the country’s pending water crisis.

To view the full Nightly News Netcast, go to the Nightly News home page, and under the Video menu (top left), click on Previously> As Broadcast.

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NBC Nightly News is the daily evening news program for NBC and is the No. 1 national news program in the United States. The 30-minute-long program is watched by 8 to 10 million viewers per night.

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