UNESCO-listed Glaciers at Risk of Disappearing by Mid-century

  • Post by Weather & Climate
  • Feb 15, 2023

Some of the glaciers on the UNESCO World Heritage List may disappear by mid-century due to global warming and other factors such as pollution and human activity.

One of the most well-known glaciers on the UNESCO World Heritage List that is under threat of disappearing is the Patagonian glacier in Chile. This glacier is currently melting at an incredible rate, and scientists predict that by 2030 it could decrease by 90%.

Other glaciers on the UNESCO World Heritage List that are under threat include the Alpine glacier in Italy, the El Calafate glacier in Argentina, the Franz Josef glacier in northern Russia, and the Mer de Glace glacier in Switzerland.

The disappearance of these glaciers will have serious consequences, such as worsening water quality, lowering river levels, raising sea levels, and changing climatic conditions. Furthermore, many ecosystems that depend on these glaciers may be destroyed, leading to a reduction in biodiversity and threats to local communities and economies.

Glaciers play a crucial role in the planet’s ecosystem and provide a source of freshwater for millions of people. It is imperative that we take action to address climate change and reduce our impact on the environment to prevent the loss of these precious resources.

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