The continuous increase in the temperature of the planet Earth is causing the melting of giant blocks of ice that have been frozen for hundreds and even thousands of years. In the times ahead, such events should become more frequent.
This Sunday, parts of a glacier broke off from the Marmolada mountain, in the Italian Alps, causing a landslide that caused the death of six people and the disappearance of dozens. Cited by ‘The Guardian’, Walter Milan, from Italy’s alpine rescue agency, explains that, in recent days, the Alps have recorded temperatures of 10 degrees centigrade, which is “extremely hot” for that region. That same organism predicts that the glacier will cease to exist in the next 30 years.
In turn, glacier specialist Poul Christoffersen, from the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, states to the British newspaper that “the collapse of the Marmolada glacier is a natural disaster directly associated with climate change”, explaining that massive formations of ice from this dimension depend on sub-zero temperatures to remain stable.
“Climate change causes more and more water from the melting ice to be formed, which when released heats the ice”, which causes the icy block to detach from the rock on which it was formed, “causing a sudden collapse” . And he guarantees: “Catastrophic glacier collapses like this one [of Marmolada] are becoming more and more frequent”.
Another scientist supports the thesis that climate change is the factor that led to the collapse of the glacier yesterday in Italy. Jacques Mourey, from the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, explains that the heat wave that has affected the Italian peninsula may have been at the origin of the disaster. “If we look at the images, we can see a big crack at the top [of the glacier] that has collapsed,” which indicates that part of the ice floe would no longer be connected to the bedrock. “If there hadn’t been a rift, probably nothing would have happened.”
And he leaves a prediction that should inspire caution and make us think: “As it gets warmer, the ice becomes weaker and weaker”, and new disasters like the one we saw yesterday should become more frequent.
Source: With Agencies