Glaciers of the European Alps, Switzerland
There are almost 1,800 glaciers in Switzerland’s beautiful Alps. The ice here is melting fast, with those keen to visit advised not to leave it too late.
This might sound a touch dramatic, but consider that some 800 million metric tons of ice was lost in just 14 days as the summer heatwave gripped Europe in 2019 and it’s clear that the threat to the region is real. Climate change has taken quite a toll here, and scientists fear there’s no going back.
Experts predict that 50% of glacier ice in the Alps will have melted by 2050, with that figure expected to rise to almost two-thirds by the end of the century.
The Pennine and Bernese Alps are at particular risk, whilst those keen to see the Jungfrau-Aletsch at its breathtaking best would be wise to pay a visit soon. With the Swiss Alps in danger of being all but ice-free by 2100, there really is no time to delay.