Glacier mass loss can’t be stopped for a century even with Paris Agreement

We have wreaked havoc in the environment through our industrial progress to the point that we have caused global warming and playing a major role in climate change – so much so that the increase in temperatures around the world will continue melting glaciers for a 100 years from now.

That’s the finding of a new study wherein it has also been shown that even if all the countries who have signed the “Paris Agreement” act their part as per the agreement, glacier mass loss around the world is at a point of no return.

Scientists say that no matter how hard we try to keep within the 1.5 – 2.0°C warming limit, glaciers around the world will continue melting and contribute to sea level rise.

According to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, nearly a third of the ice stored in glaciers around the world cannot be saved from the impacts of global warming and climate change.

This means that even if we try our hardest using the most stringent measures glacier mass loss is at a point of no return and this 36 per cent of ice will melt leading to increase in sea levels and lead to other consequences.

Researchers calculated the effects of Paris Agreement compliance with climate goals on the progressive melting of glaciers. Whether the average temperature rises by 2 or only 1.5°C makes no significant difference for the development of glacier mass loss over the next 100 years, researchers pointed out. The melting of glaciers now is a direct impact of the global warming and climate change we have caused during the industrial era and the impact will continue to affect us for 100 years.

However, if there is definitely  a long term benefit of the Paris Agreement. Actions we take today will have an impact on future melting of glaciers and to come up with tangible effects, scientists have calculated that every kilogram of CO2 that we emit today will cause 15 kilograms of glacier melt in the long term.

If we look at this from the perspective of automotive use, calculated on the basis of an average car newly registered in Germany in 2016, this means that one kilogram of glacier ice is lost every five hundred meters by car.


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