Austrian Glaciers Likely to Melt by End of the Century


That’s the stark warning from the head of the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, as global warming takes its toll. Glacier skiing continues in the Alps this summer but there are worries about how much longer. NEW

The secretary general of the WMO, Petteri Taalas, said that the melting of glaciers and polar ice will “continue for centuries.”

He said that despite the battle against climate change he “has no more hope for the Austrian glaciers.”

He made his comments to the Austrian media, but he also said he remains cautiously optimistic about the global efforts to limit climate change following the 2021 Glasgow climate conference.

He said the melting of glaciers will raise the sea level threaten some coastal areas.

He also warned that glaciers in Switzerland will melt to 5% of their current size by the end of the 21st century.

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

This summer there will be skiing on the glaciers of Hintertux in Austria, plus Zermatt in Switzerland.

Hintertux, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Hintertux, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Tignes and Val d’Isere are expected to open their glacier ski areas over the summer

Les2Alpes in France will also open its glacier for part of the summer.

Looking up to the glacier at Les2Alpes, France – photo © PlanetSKI

PlanetSKI was last summer glacier skiing in Les2Alpes back in 2017.

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