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That’s how fast a glacier disappears due to climate change | Digital Trends Spanish


Watching the ice melt from the poles is a good way to witness the rapid advance of global warming on our planet.

A team of researchers from the University of Dundee installed multiple cameras over six weeks between July and September, to monitor the Icelandic Breiðamerkurjökull glacier that supplies Lake Jökulsárlón.

With the images they obtained, they made a timelapse that shows the incredible speed with which this glacier is melting and that exceeds the rate that had been previously estimated.

According to the scientists, the Breiðamerkurjökull recedes between 100 and 250 meters each year, a speed that “has only accelerated since the mid-1990s,” the authors of the research note.

Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in Iceland. Getty Images

It is estimated that the damage we have already done to the ice sheets may be irreversible for hundreds of years. Furthermore, as the report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change warned, rising sea levels “will remain that way for thousands of years.”

Of course, the rapid disappearance of the Breiðamerkurjökull is a consequence of the irresponsible activity of human beings, who are the main causes of global warming.

For this reason, the scientific community and international authorities have highlighted the urgency of adopting measures that help us reduce the increase in temperature in the coming years.

A recent report published by the UN warns that “there are no places safe” on Earth from climate change, while the last COP26 warned that the increase in temperature on Earth will be catastrophic.

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