Be concerned

28 Dec

From California to Kyrgyzstan, global snow cover is in a state of long-term decline. Snowpack has been retreating at unprecedented rates over the last 100 years, with the overall quantity of earth’s frozen places (the “cryosphere”) diminishing.

Climate change means shorter ski seasons, higher snow levels, more occurrences of warm weather during the winter, and greater frequencies of more dangerous avalanche conditions.

We are already seeing  these effects, and even keeping to a 2Cº threshold–the most widely-accepted target for avoiding dangerous climate change–will mean more of these changes to come.

 

Image: Mass of glaciers by region, 1960-present (American Geophysical Union)

Updated August 1, 2014

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