The rate at which glaciers are melting all over the world has more than doubled, and some of the biggest melts are occurring in mountain ranges in Europe, not in the Arctic or Antarctica, where you would expect most of it to be happening.

BBC News quotes UN Under Secretary Achim Steiner as saying, “There are many canaries emerging in the climate change coal mine. The glaciers are perhaps among those making the most noise and it is absolutely essential that everyone sits up and takes notice.”

BBC quotes Ian Willis, of the Scott Polar Research Institute, as saying, “It is not too late to stop the shrinkage of these ice sheets but we need to take action immediately.”

Word has just leaked out that the ice sheet that covers Greenland is melting. This means we could face a rise in sea levels that will flood huge areas in the world?s most populated regions, according to a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dozens of countries may be wiped off the map.