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Glaciers lose 335 billion tonnes of ice per year

Many frightening facts have been published about climate change, but increasingly shocking pieces of data keep coming to light again and again. Recently, an international study has shown that along with the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps, glaciers are also losing a tremendous quantity of ice.

In the course of the study, the variations in the thickness of the ice in more than 19 thousand glaciers around the world were modelled. The measurements shed light on annual variations, while satellite data also allowed the total ice loss over several years or decades to be determined.

The study has shown that

the largest contribution to the global rise of sea levels has been made by the melting of Alaska’s glaciers, followed by the ice cap in Patagonia and the glaciers in the Arctic.


The glaciers in the Alps, in Caucasus and in New Zealand have also lost a great deal of water, but due to their relatively smaller surface areas, they played less of a role in the rising level of the oceans.

In total, the glaciers of the world lose 335 billion tonnes of water per year, which contributes 25-30 percent to the current global rise of sea levels.

Glaciers have lost more than 9 thousand billion tonnes of water since 1961 Photo: Shutterstock

Tropical storm batters Houston

More than a thousand people were evacuated or rescued in Houston, Texas, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States on 19 September due to Tropical Storm Imelda.

Caribbean tunes born in a storm

Due to their geographical position, the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The documentary entitled 1.5 Stay Alive showcases the sensitive and risky symbiosis between people living in the Caribbean Region and the water that surrounds them.

Events of flood in Europe on the increase say researchers

Climate change is expected to cause the number of extreme floods along the shores of Northern Europe to increase.

Extreme weather threatens more people than wars

Almost seven million people were forced to leave their homes by extreme weather events around the world during the first half of this year, which promises one of the most catastrophic years ever in that respect – reports the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IMDC), an international centre headquartered in Geneva that tracks internal displacements worldwide.

Torrential rains in Spain

A massive storm hit the south-eastern part of Spain in the middle of September: the storm has caused some fatalities, and many people were caught in their cars carried away by rising waters. More than five thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, roads and railway bridges were closed off and a number of rivers have flooded their banks.

Hurricanes likely to intensify with climate change

Dorian has gone down in history as the most destructive hurricane of all times, but experts warn that global warming is expected to keep increasing the number of very intense, category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the near future.

New island appears in Svalbard as a result of global warming

Tiny islands have emerged from under the retreating ice sheets before, but Brageneset, with its 10 square kilometre area, is a special case.

Sweden’s former tallest mountain touched by climate change

24 metres of the southern peak of Kebnekaise has melted off over the last fifty years.

Historic devastation: images about nature’s ruthlessness

A seven metre-tall coastal surge, winds raging at 300 km/h. The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Bahamas has left tremendous devastation in its wake.

At war with water: the climate refugees of Oceania’s Pacific Islands

A large part of the Oceania’s Pacific Islands, population ten million, could become uninhabitable by the end of the century, and the rising level of the ocean is already having a devastating effect on the lives of island dwellers in the region.

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