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,
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiny islands have emerged from under the retreating ice sheets before, but Brageneset, with its 10 square kilometre area, is a special case.
24 metres of the southern peak of Kebnekaise has melted off over the last fifty years.
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.
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.
In the coastal regions of the United States, water is endangering thousands of kilometres of underground optical cables.
The UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that if the planet’s average temperature increased by up to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, about 280 million people worldwide may have to flee their homes due to flooding.
Arganda del Rey in the Madrid region was hit by a powerful hailstorm on 26 August. Extreme weather caused massive flooding: roads were turned into rivers, and even an operating room of a local hospital was flooded.