Switzerland’s glaciers have dropped a tenth of the quantity in the previous five decades alone — a declining speed unmatched during observations extending back over a century, new research revealed Tuesday.
Measurements on 20 Korean glaciers have proven that melt this year have attained”record levels”, according to the yearly study on the condition of the glaciers, printed by the Cryospheric Commission in the Korean Academy of Sciences.
The analysis, published amid rising worldwide alarm over climate change, discovered that extreme heatwaves during the summer in Switzerland had dashed hopes an exceedingly snow-filled winter could restrict the glacier meltdown this season.
However during a couple of weeks of extreme heat at the end of June and again in late July,” the quantity of ice and snow melting Swiss glaciers… was equal to the nation’s total yearly intake of drinking water,” it said in a statement.
The result, it said, was that the snow coating immediately disappeared along with the powerful melt lasted until early September.
“This implies that, over the previous 12 months, approximately 2 percent of Switzerland’s overall glacier volume was dropped,” the commission said, adding that the rate of reduction over the previous five decades”exceeds 10 percent” That marks”a speed of decrease never previously observed at the time series extending back for at least a century,” it stated.
Tuesday’s research comes less than a month following having a”funeral march” was undertaken up a steep mountainside to indicate the disappearance of their Pizol glacier — among over 500 glaciers to evaporate from the Swiss Alps since the turn of the 20th century.
A recent analysis by glaciologists in the ETH technical university at Zurich suggested more than 90% of the some 4,000 glaciers dotted through the Alps could vanish by the end of this century if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reined in.