Nasa pictures show the world's thickest glacier is melting
Nasa has released new satellite pictures showing the effects of climate change on the world’s thickest mountain glacier.
The space agency took identical shots of Alaska’s Taku Glacier in August 2014 and August 2019. Although it’s been gaining mass for 50 years, climate scientists now say it’s melting as a result of climate change.
The pictures now show the glacier (which measures 4,860 feet from floor to ceiling) retreating from the river for the first time since 1946.
Glaciologist Mauri Pelto said Taku was predicted to continue advancing for the rest of the century – these pictures show that’s clearly not the case.
‘This is a big deal for me because I had this one glacier I could hold on to,’ Pelto told Nasa. ‘But not anymore. This makes the score climate change: 250 and alpine glaciers: 0.’
Earlier this week, a study emerged about the urgent situation surrounding climate change.
The research was endorsed by 11,000 scientists from around the world and stated we are heading for ‘untold human suffering’ unless changes are made to stop global warming.
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