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In this photograph taken on November 9, 2007 glaciers are pictured in Antartica. Global warming may wipe out three-quarters of Europe's alpine glaciers by 2100 and hike sea levels by four metres (13 feet) by the year 3000 through melting the West Antarctic icesheet, two studies published on Janaury 9, 2011 said.

Photograph by: File, AFP

A fifth of the ice in the world's mountain glaciers and ice caps will disappear by 2100, with some regions losing as much as 75 per cent of their ice, according to an international study.

In the most detailed assessment yet of glaciers, which are often described as the world's water towers, the study found the European Alps, as well as New Zealand, could lose three quarters of their ice by the end of the century, while high mountainous regions in Asia may lose 10 per cent.

In Western Canada and the United States, 50 per cent of glacier ice could disappear by 2100, which could have substantial impacts on regional power dams and water supplies. 

"For the long-term, it's not good for the economy because there will be a drop in river run-off and less water in reservoirs," says glaciologist Valentina Radic a professor at the University of British Columbia and the lead researcher. 

Read more: Planet faces great glacier meltdown by 2100: Study

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Bottle School

In the photo: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR Illac Diaz leads the building of Asia’s first plastic and glass bottle school that not only promotes sustainable architecture, but also addresses the shortage of classrooms in the country. Photo by PINGGOT ZULUETA.

MANILA, Philippines — Despite aggressive campaigns on recycling and sustainable development, not everyone is still convinced to go green. Tons of garbage continue to pollute the environment and harm man’s health.

But Illac Diaz, social entrepreneur and proponent of sustainable, alternative architecture, is steadfast in proving that recycling is the way to go, even in solving the dire need for more classrooms in the country today.

In his latest project called the Bottle Schools, Diaz shows that with much creativity, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking, a classroom or even an entire school may be built out of discarded soda and alcoholic beverage bottles!

Read more: Bottle schools

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SIBANG KAJA, BALI — Half a world away from Cancún, Mexico, and the international climate change talks that took place there last month, a school here in Indonesia is staging its own attempt to save the planet.

It is small-scale and literally grassroots — and possibly in some respects more effective than the tortuous efforts of politicians to agree on how to stop global warming.

In the midst of the lush, steaming jungle of Bali, along a pitted road, past scattered chickens and singing cicadas, Green School has two dozen buildings made of giant bamboo poles. There are no walls, and there is no air-conditioning. Just gracefully arched roofs, concrete floors and bamboo furniture. There is a big, grassy playground, complete with goalposts made — yes — of bamboo; a bamboo bridge across a rock-strewn river; vegetable patches; and a mud-wrestling pit.

But there is also a computer lab, a well-stocked library and an array of courses drawn from an internationally recognized curriculum and taught in English.

Read more: Bali School Makes Sustainability a Way of Life

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