Glaciers around the world are retreating, melting, and even vanishing.
In a recent report, an iceberg the size of Manhattan collapses in Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. NASA released a video and a few photographs that show the chunk separating from the southwest coast of the continent, taken from January 26 and 31 this year.
Between 2003 and 2009, the Himalayan glaciers, on the other hand, lost more than 170 gigatonnes of water, contributing to the disastrous floods of the Ganges and Indus rivers. Alaska’s Muir Glacier has retreated and thinned dramatically since the 19th century.
Impact of Melting Glaciers
Experts at the Ecolution say that if we do not do something to fight climate change, from as simple as reducing waste to installing solar PV and renewable systems, this could go on.
Why does this matter? The short answer is, soon if not addressed, humans could experience an environmental apocalypse.
Higher Sea Levels and Poor Drinking Supply
The more the ice melts, the higher the sea levels across the globe will rise. According to a study, sea levels increased faster in the 20th century than the previous 2,700 years. More than 200 million people, especially those living in low-lying areas, are at risk of losing their homes.
In addition, the melting of the Himalayan glaciers will affect the drinking supply of millions of people relying on melt water rivers.
Rise in the Global Temperatures
Widespread melting of glaciers will also likely alter the climate patterns in other, more complicated ways. For instance, the light surfaces of glaciers reflect the rays of the sun, which then helps to keep the current climate mild. When the glaciers melt, it exposes the darker surface below it, which then absorbs and releases heat and raises temperatures.
There is no doubt about it. With the melting glaciers, climate change promises a terrifying future. But it is not too late to turn back the clock.