Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Global warming in Switzerland - Swiss glaciers melting very fast

Global warming is happening in Switzerland too. The latest study revealed that glaciers in Switzerland shrank by huge 12 percent in the last 10 years, which is their highest melting rate in history. Scientists agree that this is due to higher temperatures and lighter snowfalls. Scientific data showed that this last decade was really bad in terms of glacier melting in Switzerland, and that Switzerland lost lot of water due to rapid melting of glaciers.

Glaciers are not only important for Switzerland as source of water but also as tourist attraction. Each month almost 200,000 visitors visits these wonderful monuments of nature. But if melting of these glaciers continues to be so rapid, Switzerland could very soon lose all of its glaciers. There are many people believing how this year will be good for glaciers because there was a lot of snow in 2008/2009 winter. But the snow will count very little since spring was very warm, and if summer continues the spring pattern 2009 will still turn out to be another negative year for glaciers.

The worst year in last decade was year 2003 when Swiss glaciers shrunk by 3.5 percent in just one year time. Many different climate models showed that temperatures in European Alps will rise by 1.8 degrees Celsius in winter and by 2.7 degrees Celsius in the summer by 2050. If these predictions turn out to be true then Swiss glaciers could even disappear by the end of this century.

The trend that is happening with Swiss glaciers is happening in many parts of the world, and there are very few example in the world that show glaciers expansion instead of shrinking. One of these rare good examples is Polar bears have over the years become the endangered animals everyone is talking about, mostly because of climate change problem in Arctic. Argentina's glacier Perito Moreno that seems to be constantly growing. Sadly this glacier looks to be nothing more than an exception to ever-increasing climate change impact.

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