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Tourists flock to glaciers to see them before they disappear

Today, glaciers are in the public eye not only because their melting – along with the polar ice caps – plays a major role in the global rise of sea levels. According to tour operators in Alaska, climate change has resulted in increased interest in glaciers: many people would like to see them before most of them melt.

According to the data published in the Journal of Glaciology,

by the end of the century, the approximately 25 thousand glaciers
of Alaska will lose 30–50 percent
of their mass due to melting

– the AP News Agency reports.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that according to several travel companies, increasing numbers
of people are booking glacier tours, as they realise that the glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and they will not be available for viewing for much longer.

This increase of tourism caused by climate change is actually causing a negative spiral, as, according
to estimates, tourism itself is responsible for about 8 percent of greenhouse emissions. This is particularly true in this case because according to news reports, people from Australia, India and China, very distant parts of the planet, are queuing up to see Alaska’s glaciers.

Tourists in Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: AP

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