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Glaciers still shrinking

Switzerland's glaciers continued to retreat in 2007, according to the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

The academy said on Thursday that three glaciers monitored by scientists lost ice mass. These mass measurements provide an immediate evaluation of the impact of climate conditions.

Records show that the country’s glaciers suffered more on only three occasions: 1998, 2003 and 2006.

In addition 88 other glaciers shrank. Only one become longer, while two others remained stable.

According to the academy, all the measurements confirm a trend that Switzerland’s glaciers are retreating. It blamed the result on low precipitations between October 2006 and April 2007.

The tests are carried out by the federal authorities as well as various research institutes.

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