London — Switzerland’s big ice mountains, or glaciers, lost 10% of their size in just two years, says the Swiss Science Club. That’s like melting as much ice now as in the 30 years from 1960 to 1990!
In 2023, they lost 4% of their ice. The year before? A bigger 6%. Matthias Huss from a glacier-watching group, GLAMOS, said to CBS, “We’ve seen the two worst years in a row, and this is even more worrying.”
Some small Swiss glaciers? Gone because of the wild weather. Some big parts, called glacier tongues, broke off into lakes.
Matthias hopes people see this and realize our weather’s in a tough spot. Why? Super hot summers and not enough snow in winter, the club says.
Christopher Hewitt from this group warned in July, “We are in uncharted territory and we can expect more records to fall as El Nino develops further and these impacts will extend into 2024″.”This is worrying news for the planet.”
Big glacier experts think if we don’t stop putting bad gases in the air, many big ice mountains might be gone soon.
Ice mountains grow in the winter. When they melt, they give water to plants, animals, and tons of people.
Matthias said, “People can really understand what is happening, with huge glaciers disappearing and shrinking. This is much more impressive than seeing another graph with rising temperatures.”