World’s iconic glaciers to vanish by 2050
November 4, 2022 - Some of the world’s most famous glaciers are set to disappear by 2050 due to global warming – whatever the temperature rise scenario, the UN reports.
The report, which makes projections based on satellite data, comes as world leaders prepare to meet in Egypt for the COP27 climate change conference.
Glaciers in a third of UN World Heritage sites will melt within three decades, a UNESCO report found.
About 18,600 glaciers have been identified across 50 UN World Heritage sites. They represent almost 10% of the Earth's glacierised area and include some of the world's best-known glaciers, such as the Dolomites in Italy, the Yosemite and Yellowstone parks in the U.S. and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The remaining glaciers in the other two thirds of UN World Heritage sites could be saved, but only if the world limits global warming to 1.5C, the authors say.
- World Heritage Glaciers – Sentinels of climate change (UNESCO)
- UNESCO finds that some iconic World Heritage glaciers will disappear by 2050 (UNESCO)
- Major glaciers, including Dolomites and Yosemite, to disappear by 2050 - U.N. report (Reuters)
- Climate change: Kilimanjaro's and Africa's last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN (BBC)