Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Mont Blanc Glacier At Risk Of Collapse

Mont Blanc_ Experts Warn that Part of Glacier Could Collapse Radar to monitor Mont Blanc glacier - English
Terrell Bush | 26 September, 2019, 00:05

However specialists have stated quarter of one million cubic metres of ice are liable to breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier. As a preventive measure, the mayor of Courmayeur in Italy ordered the closure of roads the Val Ferret on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

According to local authorities, there was no threat to residential areas or tourist facilities but residents have been informed of the possible scenarios in case of collapse.

A new special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Wednesday that glaciers around the world, outside of Greenland and Antarctica but including Europe, are losing 220 billion metric tons of ice a year. However, they claim that it was impossible to determine exactly when the collapse would occur.

"There are now no empirical models or methods that can enable quantitative predictions in the case of glaciers with sliding dynamics such as Planpincieux", Miserocchi added.

"With the strong heat this summer, there has been between August and the first half of September, an acceleration of the melting of the glacier, at an average rate of 35 centimetres (14 inches) a day, up to highs of 50-60 centimetres on some days", said Vignolini.

Courmayeur mayor Stefano Miserocchi closed down a mountain road and banned access to part of the Val Ferret, a popular hiking area outside of town on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif.

Avalanches have threatened the hamlet of Planpincieux, which sits just below the glacier, over the last few years.

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North Korea also arrested a Russian yacht in 2017 apparently for similar reasons, though again promptly released the Russian vessel.

A part of a large glacier on the Mont Blanc mountain vary in Italy may collapse at any second, officers have warned.

It comes as a report from the World Metereological Organisation claimed if temperatures continue to rise at current levels, ice of the eastern and central parts of the Alps could drastically reduce or even disappear within 20 to 30 years.

In a speech on climate change to the United Nations General Assembly in New York Tuesday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte referred to the Mont Blanc warning.

"It is an alarm that we can not be indifferent to", he said. "It must shake us all and force us to mobilise".

The number of glaciers has also decreased from 1,381 to 903 over the same period.

Climbing Mont Blanc is fraught with danger and 15 people died trying to reach the summit in 2017.

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