Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch natural World Heritage site. Its glaciers will probably have disappeared by the end of this century. Image: IUCN/Martin Price
Global warming: half of world heritage glaciers could have disappeared by 2100 - earth short science news

Results of the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers indicate that under the current emission regime of greenhouse gases, almost half of the iconic glaciers in mountainous regions worldwide will have disappeared by 2100.

The study, performed by scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), combines data from a global glacier inventory, research of existing literature and computer modeling.

Global warming at its current pace is predicted to jeopardize the sites on the Worlds Heritage glacier list. The study illustrates that important changes await us that concern availability of water resources, sea level rise and weather patterns if no action will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the full story: American Geophysical Union
Scientific publication: Earth’s Future