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200 Alpine glaciers gone since end 19th C says Legambiente

Ground snow in constant decrease since 2012 says eco group

(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 10 - Some 200 Alpine glaciers have disappeared since the end of 19th century, Italian environmental group Legambiente said Wednesday.
    "All that is left of them is detritus and rocks," it said in presenting the third edition of its Caravan of the Glaciers, a roving monitoring project in the ChangeClimateChange programme in partnership with the Italian Glaciological Committee.
    The aim of the project is to verify "the dramatic regression of glaciers because of the climate crisis".
    Italy's Alpine glaciers are at their smallest extent in centuries and a disaster on the biggest one in the Dolomites, the Marmolada, killed 11 people when a serac collapsed on July 3.
    Legambiente also said Wednesday that Alpine temperatures are growing at double the average global rate.
    The atmosphere above 3,500 metres is in "total disequilibrium," it said.
    Thermal zero was reached at 5,184 metres in the Swiss Alps at the end of July, an unprecedented figure, the group said.
    The Italian Alps saw an exceptionally mild and dry winter this year, Legambiente said.
    In many areas, it said, it did not rain for 100 days.
    Ground snow has been decreasing constantly over the last 10 years, and many snow metres showed zero at the start of May.
    The loss of glaciers and other human-caused climate change phenomena have been growing steadily worse in the last few years. (ANSA).


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