11th April 2023
Austrian glaciers last year retreated more than ever according to the Austria Alpine Club. NEW
In 2022 89 glaciers that are monitored by the organisation have become 28.7m shorter.
That compares to 11m 2021.
“Never before in the history of the Alpine Club’s glacier measurement service, which dates back to 1891, has there been a greater loss of glaciers,” it said.
“The drastic glacier retreat undoubtedly makes the consequences of the anthropogenic massively intensified climate change clear,” it added, warning that glaciers in Austria would disappear at the latest in 2075.
Glaciers melted at an alarming rate last summer across the Alps as we reported at the time:
“The touristic development of glacier areas is simply no longer justifiable at a time when the climate crisis is already having an enormous impact on the glaciers,” it said.
This year the glaciers in New Zealand have also been shrinking.
A survey of 50 glaciers in the Southern Alps showed them continuing to melt.
The annual survey has been taking place for 46 years.
See here for a report on the New Zealand survey from CNN.