‘Living laboratory of climate science’

Researchers based in Lima, Peru, today launched a bid to shine a light on climate change in the Andes Mountains to better understand how to adapt to a warming world.

Home to many indigenous superfoods – from grains like amaranth and quinoa to lupine pulses and maca roots – the Andes is described as the “richest hotspot of agrobiodiversity” in the world.

Mountain regions also play a critical role in downstream water supplies, with the Andes providing as much as 50 per cent of the water for the upstream Amazon’s river basins through glacial melt.

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Author: Brendan Montague

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