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Austrian Glaciers May Vanish by 2070


Sun 07 Jul 2024 | 05:10 PM
Israa Farhan

Austrian glaciers are receding at an alarming rate, averaging over 20 meters per year, and could disappear entirely within the next 46 years, according to a recent study.

The Austrian Alpine Club’s Glacier Measurement Service reached this conclusion, highlighting that none of Austria’s 90 glaciers can maintain their mass.

"Austrian glaciers exist only thanks to ice reserves accumulated in the past," Andreas Keller Bürklbauer, Director of the service, said.

The rapid melting of glaciers is also creating dangerous crevasses, making them hazardous for visitors.

This observation aligns with earlier reports from the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences, which noted that most of the world's glaciers have significantly shrunk over recent decades.

For instance, the glacier area in the northern part of the Sredinny Range and the Kronotsky Peninsula in Kamchatka has decreased by 35.6% since 1950.

The loss of these glaciers not only poses risks to tourism but also indicates severe long-term environmental impacts, urging immediate attention to climate change mitigation efforts.