World has lost battle to stop glaciers melting

The British Antarctic Survey has released its new maps and they are a stark visual depiction of glaciers melting

Just as stark is the warning from the secretary general of the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation, Professor Petteri Taalas.

In an interview with Sky News, he emphasised that the melted ice will never return, remarking that the planet has “lost this glaciers melting game and sea level rise game”.

He said: “Thanks to an already high concentration of carbon dioxide, we have lost this glacier melting game and sea level rise game.

“It may continue for the coming thousands of years because the natural removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is very slow.

“There’s no return to the climate that we used to have in the last century, so that’s gone… and we will live with these consequences and higher temperatures.”

What Could Happen If Glaciers Melting

Once upon a time, we couldn’t have imagined a world without ice. But as we’re watching glaciers melt before our eyes. We’re starting to understand the serious implications for the future of life on Earth.

Higher sea levels

Glacial ice accounts for about 10 percent of all the landmass on our planet. There’s some 5.8 million miles of it. And it stores almost 70 percent of our planet’s freshwater, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center. What happens when it melts? Put simply, it causes sea levels to rise. If all glacial ice were to melt, it would cause the sea level to rise 230 feet around the world.

Changes to land configurations

Higher seas mean that land along Earth’s coastlines will be swallowed up by water. As a recent report in Grist determined, based partially on a new study in Nature, if two glacial areas in Antarctica. Pine Island and Thwaites. Were to collapse due to our warming climate, a three-foot sea-level rise within the next 50 years would make most of the Pacific’s Marshall Islands disappear. But a more likely six-foot rise would completely submerge Shanghai, Mumbai, and Ho Chi Minh City—as well as these 13 islands, which are projected to disappear in the next 80 years.

Displacement of people

When habitable land becomes uninhabitable due to the fact that it’s, well, underwater, terrestrial species clearly can no longer reside there. That goes for humans, of course, about 2 billion (out of a projected global population of 11 billion) of whom could become climate-change refugees by the year 2100,. According to Cornell University researchers. Right now, these are the most populated cities on Earth.

Intensified storm surges

Higher sea levels also pose other challenges to people. And to countries as a whole. Those Cornell University researchers add that intensified (and increasingly dangerous) storm surges will send floodwaters pushing ever farther inland. As a result, there will be less land available, and a population. That’s possibly already moved due to changes in coastal outlines will likely now have to contend with conflicts over the in-demand areas. Plus, the government may have to sell off public lands to accommodate these new settlers.

Less drinking water

Glacial ice melts and remelts seasonally in certain regions, and people there. In the Andes Mountains, Tibetan Plateau, and Indus Valley, for example. Have long depended on this flux so they have ample water for drinking, farming, and hydropower. Although glacial melt will give them more water initially, it will lead to severe shortages in the long run, researchers from Ohio State University found.

Increased ocean acidification

The warming climate has already been leading to increasingly acidified oceans, which have grave effects on coral and and other sea life. And research from scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Ocean Acidification Research Center found that glacial melt could exacerbate this. Leading to a corrosive effect on shell-building organisms that could trigger a negative domino effect throughout the food web. These are 15 breathtaking places around the world to visit before they disappear.

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