World Heritage Glacier Report

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World Heritage Glacier Report

Recently UNESCO and IUCN jointly released a report titled “World Heritage Glaciers: Sentinels of Climate Change {World Heritage Glaciers (WHG) Sentinels of climate change}”.

  • This report outlines the glacial threats to 50 World Heritage Glacierized Sites (WHGSs).
  • Along with this, some suggestions have also been provided for the conservation of these glaciers.
  • Glaciers are slow moving ice bodies. They are formed by the accumulation of snow in cold places and the formation of solid crystals.

Highlights of this report

  • World Heritage Glaciers (WHGs) have been melting rapidly since the year It has contributed about 5% of sea level rise globally.
  • Glaciers will end in 1/3 of the WHGSs by the year Also, by the year 2100, about half of the WHGSs could be completely wiped out by glaciers.
  • The rate of glacial melting will increase. As a result, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) can occur.
  • GLOFs are events caused by the collapse/rupture of the embankments of glacial lakes. Due to this sudden and severe floods occur in the valleys located in the direction of the slope.
  • Limiting global warming to 5 degrees Celsius could save 2/3 of the WHG.

Key Recommendations

  • The lack of information related to WHGs should be detected and monitoring networks improved.
  • Implementation of advance warning system and measures to reduce disaster risk should be put in place.
  • An international fund should be created to support comprehensive glacial research and develop effective action measures.

Significance of glaciers

  • Most important indicators for understanding climate change
  • Source of important ecosystem services and high biodiversity
  • Glaciers are present on about 10% of the Earth’s surface
  • Holy place for many local communities
  • The center of attraction for millions of tourists globally
  • Provide vital water resources for nearly half the human population.

Source – The Hindu

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