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.
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