SWISS GLACIERS MELT BY 10% IN LAST 5 YEARS
3rd November 2019
Last modified on December 26th, 2019
That’s the claim from the Swiss government at a recent United Nations conference. It is a similar picture across the Alps.
The fact that glaciers are melting is not new.
Glaciers in Switzerland, and elsewhere in the Alps and across parts of the world, are melting at an ever-alarming speed.
Switzerland has “completely” lost 500 glaciers since the start of the 20th century according to scientists.
We have reported on it across this summer as a significant melt took place.
One area it has had an impact on is summer skiing that could become a thing of the past in a decade or so as the glaciers melt.
Many areas closed early last summer and conditions were generally poor.
Last week the UN weather agency opened its first meeting on how climate change is impacting the mountain regions.
The Minister for Home Affairs in Switzerland, Alain Berset, cited the “urgency” at the World Meteorological Organisation meeting for his country, where mountains make up two-thirds of Switzerland’s territory.
The shrinking has not been seen at such a rate for over a century.
150 experts came together to examine mountain glaciers, snow and permafrost.