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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

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.

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