- A study published in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Earth’s Future has predicted that glacier would completely melt by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found.
- The study has noted that even under a low emission scenario, eight of the 46 World Heritage sites will be ice-free by 2100. The study also expects that 33% to 60% percent of the total ice volume present in 2017 will be lost by 2100, depending on the emission scenario.
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special physical/ natural significance. There are 209 natural World Heritage sites and 8 mixed (both cultural and natural) World Heritage sites.
- Currently, there are 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are found. Examples: Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, in Alberta, Canada; Olympic National Park, in the state of Washington, USA; Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina; Grosser Aletschgletscher in the Swiss Alps, Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier and Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas. All these glaciers are likely to be gravely impacted by carbon emissions and climate change.
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