According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the researchers used satellite images of NASA to analyze all the glaciers in the world, which numbered nearly 220,000, which is the first study to do so. An international team used NASA’s detailed space observations to analyze all the glaciers. There are 217,175 around the world for the first time, except for the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
The researchers determined that if greenhouse gas emissions were not limited, glaciers in the European Alps could lose nearly all of their remaining ice by the end of the century.
Experts said that the continued loss of glaciers in the Alps is one of the clearest indicators of climate change. Glaciers are a large accumulation of ice, snow, rocks and sediments, usually forming over centuries, and constantly moving due to their enormous weight and gravity.
There are five glaciers in Germany in Bavaria, in the southeast, located on the plateau south of the Zugspitze, the highest peak in the country, but the Minister for the Environment of Bavaria, Thorsten Glauber, warned that “the last glacier in the Bavarian Alps could disappear within 10 Years”.
“The days of glaciers in Bavaria are numbered,” Glauber said, “and even faster than expected.”
Glaciers in Germany have lost about two-thirds of their volume in the past decade and their surface areas have shrunk by a third, according to a report by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
“The mutual causes and effects lie unequivocally in climate change,” said glaciologist Christoph Mayer, who worked on the analysis.