Glaciers in the Austrian Alps continue to melt

2011 - 04 - 14
Glaciers in the Austrian Alps continue to melt

Glaciers in the Austrian Alps continue to shrink. Last year like other years in the past decades, they experienced a reduction in ice thickness of about 14.1 meters (water equivalet of ice).

Such data were provided by the Alpine society (Alpenverein). According to them, the melting of the glaciers was primarily caused by an above average temperature increase.

Out of the eighty-nine glaciers which were monitored during the winter of 2010, there were just seven glaciers that resisted temperature change and stayed the same, while the others reduced in size.

The biggest reduction in thickness reported was Wasserfallwinkelkees glacier situated near to the highest Austrian Grossglockner mountain in the High Tauern. Wasserfallwinkelkees glacier thickness reduced by around 71.7 meters.

“The Alps are the symbol of snow and ice. If we do not change our approach to climate change, Europe may lose this symbol,” said director of conservation organization European Wildlife.

To stop the global warming we mainly need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in energy and traffic. It is also necessary to adopt certain austere measures such as energy saving, supporting alternative resources like solar energy, thermodymamic heating or geothermal energy.

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