Global warming will cause famous glaciers to melt


Yosemite
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Elyse Gabor | November 7, 2022

According to UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, nearly a third of glaciers are predicted to disappear by 2050. These glaciers include Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Yellowstone’s Yosemite, and Italy’s Dolomites. The cause of the disappearances is linked to rising temperatures caused by global warming.  

The loss of these glaciers will majorly impact the landscape of these areas, often focal points for tourists. To combat the losses, UNESCO says that policies should be made surrounding these glaciers to help reduce natural disasters and risks caused by their disappearances. According to Tales Carvalho, lead author of the report, “As glacier lakes fill up, they can burst and can cause catastrophic floods downstream.” 

Each year, around 58 billion tons of ice melt off the glaciers and cause sea levels to rise. Carvalho says the best way to save the glaciers would be to lessen carbon emissions. 

Across 50 of its World Heritage sites, UNESCO monitors 18,600 glaciers. Out of these sites, a third of them are set to disappear. However, the remaining glaciers can be saved if temperatures stay controlled.

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