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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

Sled dogs wade in water on Greenland

A photo taken on the 13th of June in Greenland has shocked the whole world: Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher with the Danish Meteorological Service had set off with his sled dog team to collect a few meteorological instruments, but instead of ice, he found water.

Inconceivable amount of ice melted in Greenland in a single day

13 June 2019 was marked by a rather alarming phenomenon: an almost unbelievable quantity of ice melted in Greenland. In the course of a single day, 2 billion tonnes of ice turned into water.

Torrential weather in China

Record rains have savaged southern China, the heavy downpour has killed several people. Hundreds of thousands had to be evacuated and many roads and bridges were badly damaged.

What will become of the sinking metropolis?

The rising water level of oceans, soil erosion and the increased number of earthquakes have jeopardised a number of major cities. According to experts, Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is worst hit: a third of the metropolis with ten million inhabitants could be submerged by 2050.

Before the Flood – a message for humanity

How could we stop or at least reduce climate change? In the documentary Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed personages such as Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis, as well as committed activists working to save Earth at the local and the global level.

Flooding in Central Serbia

Torrential rains have caused massive flash floods in seven towns in Central Serbia. The Bjelica River has left its banks and flooded a number of towns – many people had to be evacuated in the resulting state of emergency.

Greenland ice sheet melts at accelerating rate

According to a study published in Nature, the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating at an astonishing rate. This is particularly worrying because Greenland’s melting ice is the largest contributor to sea level rise, which may cause severe problems worldwide in the near future.

Bengal tigers in danger due to rising sea level

Sea level rise resulting from climate change could wipe out one of Earth’s most imposing apex predators. The Bengal tiger is one of the half million species nearing extinction due to their dwindling habitats – wrote the New York Times based on a recent study.

Southern Patagonia Ice Field split in two

The Southern Patagonia Ice Field which covers an area of 12 thousand square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, has split in two and is expected to fragment further as a result of climate change, Chilean researchers have warned.

According to estimates, sea levels could rise by two metres by 2100

According to a 2013 study published by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if the warming of the planet continues and the emissions of greenhouse gases are not reduced, sea levels could rise by 52–98 centimetres by 2100. Some experts, however, believe that is a conservative estimate.