Glaciers melting due to climate change

(Italy’s Alpine Rescue/Handout via Xinhua/IANS)

More than 200 major Alpine glaciers have disappeared in Italy since record-keeping began in 1895, the country’s environmental lobby group Legambiente said in a report.

In its third “Caravan of the Glaciers” report, Legambiente said the latest findings verified “the dramatic regression of glaciers due to the climate crisis”.

The group said Alpine temperatures are rising twice as quickly as temperatures are rising at sea level, and the ground snow has decreased every year since 2012, reports Xinhua news agency.

The report was produced to inform policymakers regarding sustainable development policies, said the Legambiente. The group produced it in partnership with the Italian Glaciological Committee. The phenomenon is thought to have wide-ranging consequences.

“The rapid retreat of glacial fronts not only leads to the loss of fascinating landscapes and biodiversity, but it also amounts to the disappearance of important freshwater reserves,” the report said.

The lack of fresh water from glacial reserves is a significant contributor to the drought gripping most of Italy and threatening to reduce agricultural output, especially in northern Italy, where water from glaciers is a crucial part of the area’s ecosystem; the report.

Another key impact involves public safety, said the report. Last month, 11 hikers died when a melting glacier caused a massive avalanche on the Marmolada in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. Officials and experts attributed the tragedy to scorching temperatures.

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