Switzerland’s 1,400 glaciers have shrunk by more than half in the last 85 years, a new study has found – and the rate at which they are melting is only accelerating.
The alpine country is famous for its majestic icy landscape.
But according to researchers from ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Swiss glaciers have lost half their total volume since the early 1930s.
Since 2016, they have lost a further 12 per cent.
The new analysis reveals the “big picture” of a warming mountain landscape, explains Daniel Farinotti, Professor of Glaciology at ETH Zurich and WSL.
“Glacier retreat is accelerating,” he says.
“Closely observing this phenomenon and
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