Third of world heritage glaciers under threat, warns UNESCO study


PTI, Nov 4, 2022, 4:56 PM IST

Image Courtesy: UNESCO / Mark Kelley

London: A third of the glaciers on the UNESCO World Heritage list is under threat, regardless of efforts to limit temperature increases, a study conducted by the UN body has found.

However, the study said, it was still possible to save the other two-thirds if the rise in global temperatures did not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. UNESCO said this would be a major challenge facing delegates at the upcoming COP27.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP27, will be the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference. It will be held from November 6-18, 2022 in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh.

“This report is a call to action. Only a rapid reduction in our CO2 emission levels can save glaciers and the exceptional biodiversity that depends on them.

“COP27 will have a crucial role to help find solutions to this issue. UNESCO is determined to support states in pursuing this goal,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

In addition to drastically reduced carbon emissions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is advocating for the creation of a new international fund for glacier monitoring and preservation.

Such a fund would support comprehensive research, promote exchange networks between all stakeholders and implement early warning and disaster risk reduction measures, the study said.

Half of humanity depends directly or indirectly on glaciers as their water source for domestic use, agriculture, and power. Glaciers are also pillars of biodiversity, feeding many ecosystems, it said.

“When glaciers melt rapidly, millions of people face water scarcity and the increased risk of natural disasters such as flooding, and millions more may be displaced by the resulting rise in sea levels,” IUCN Director General Dr Bruno Oberle said.

“This study highlights the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and invest in nature-based solutions, which can help mitigate climate change and allow people to better adapt to its impacts,” he added.

Fifty UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to glaciers, representing almost 10 percent of the Earth’s total glacierised area. They include the highest (next to Mt Everest), the longest (in Alaska), and the last remaining glaciers in Africa.

The UNESCO study, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), showed that these glaciers have been retreating at an accelerated rate since 2000 due to CO2 emissions, which are warming temperatures.

They are currently losing 58 billion tons of ice every year – equivalent to the combined annual water use of France and Spain – and are responsible for nearly five percent of observed global sea-level rise. The glaciers under threat are in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania, the study said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

BJP will scrap Constitution if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

TMC giving away rights of ‘original’ OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates: Modi

Delhi HC grants bail to activist Sharjeel Imam in 2020 riots case

ED raids mining locations in Punjab in Bhola drugs case related probe

Last Dance: Final chance for Kohli, Rohit to give India an ICC Trophy after 13 years

17 cars gutted in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar; 5 shops damaged in Chandni Chowk blaze

Netflix sets June 14 premiere of ‘Maharaj’, debut of Aamir Khan’s son Junaid

Related Articles More

Zombie fires in the Arctic smoulder underground and refuse to die – what’s causing them?

Incoming calls for service, transaction will display 160 as prefix

TCS, IIT-Bombay join hands to build India’s first Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager

OpenAI forms safety committee as it starts training latest artificial intelligence model

If Earth gets sick, so do you!!

MUST WATCH

Shivamogga

Les Saveurs institute and cafe

Peacock rescued from well

Popular Guruprasad Restaurant

Haralukote Shri Anjaneya Swamy |Udayavani


Latest Additions

BJP will scrap Constitution if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

Heatwave in Delhi: LG directs paid break for labourers, water pitchers at bus stands

TMC giving away rights of ‘original’ OBCs to Muslims by issuing false caste certificates: Modi

‘Dangal’ actor Zaira Wasim’s father dies

Father, 4-yo son found hanging in rented home in Kerala

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.