It was stated by the glaciologist Luc Moreau that it is very rapid. We are challenged with the reality of the retreat, referring to the rapidly melting ice at the biggest glacier of France. We are taking a look at the evident fingerprint of climate change as reflected by the ancient photos hanged in a hotel overseeing the Mer de Glace, which is the ‘sea of ice’” located near Mont Blanc, the Alps’ peak summit.
Nearly hundred years ago, women with parasols and boaters sat near the Montenvers train station which is above the glacier, which back then was nearly level with a tongue of jagged ice winding into the distance. At present, visitors are welcomed by a bit sad and mostly grey glacier which is almost a hundred meters lower.
From that train station, a little trip by cable car makes me reach a height where almost three decades ago, a visitor could run down three steps for reaching the glacier. Now, there are almost 600 steps down to the glacier. Of these great counts of steps, there was an addition of 80 this year, a sharp reflection of the hastening impacts of global warming.
On 25th September, there will be laying down of the fate of the glaciers of the world by the United Nations climate science panel, just days after the confirmation by the research that the degree of Arctic sea ice this time of the year has reached the 2nd lowest record-level.
Around 170 thousand glaciers around the world cover an area of almost 730 thousand sq-km. Monitoring of five hundred glaciers around the globe reveals that they are melting across the board and, ever since 1960, there has been an increase in the melting rate. It is now being warned that melting glaciers will at first give way too much water, but then too little.