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Swiss Institute say glacier decline worse than thought

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Feb. 12, 2019

An international team of scientists led by the Swiss Institute for snow and avalanche research say the state of the world’s glaciers is worse than first thought.

Pixabay Swiss Institute say glacier decline worse than thought

Using new satellite data, the team measured over 200,000 glaciers around the world and found the amount of ice is far lower than earlier estimates - and the rate of shrinkage is faster.

The most worrying figures come from Central Asia where there is 27% less ice than previously thought.

The numbers back up earlier findings in Switzerland which show last year’s hot weather has caused this country’s glacier to decline by 2.5% in 2018 – one of the worst years on record.

 

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