Mont Blanc: Roads closed as experts warn glacier may collapse

Mont Blanc_ Experts Warn that Part of Glacier Could Collapse

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Experts have warned that part of the Planpincieux glacier in Mont Blanc could collapse, with around 250,000 cubic meters of ice possibly breaking away.

Miserocchi ordered the closing of two roads and the evacuation of huts on the mountain, which is 4,800 metres (5,250 yards) high, after experts said the Planpincieux glacier was sliding at an increased speed, threatening part of the Ferret Valley. But officials say the glacier's precarious status was the result of a climate emergency that had already begun, and over which an worldwide group of scientists sounded yet another alarm this week.

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.

Mr Miserocchi told Italian media: 'These phenomena once again show how the mountain is going through a period of major change due to climate factors and, therefore, it is particularly vulnerable'.

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Part of the Planpincieux glacier in the Aosta Valley is in danger of crashing into a valley running parallel to the Courmayeur valley, said Vignolini.

Mountain refuges utilized by hikers and climbers have been evacuated, as specialists stated the glacier was shifting at a document fee of of 50-60cm a day on account of the nice and cozy temperatures. "It's an alarm that can not leave us indifferent".

The mayor was meeting with residents and homeowners to hear their concerns.

"Smaller glaciers found for example in Europe, eastern Africa, the tropical Andes and Indonesia are projected to lose more than 80% of their current ice mass by 2100 under high emission scenarios", the IPCC continued.

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"Glaciers, snow, ice and permafrost are declining and will continue to do so", the scientists wrote in a news release accompanying the report. He noted that the freezing line of 32 degrees Fahrenheit rose above the top of Mont Blanc this summer, "which very rarely has happened".

Over the last 10 years, Switzerland has lost 15% of its glacier volume, with almost 3% loss in 2017-2018 alone, Huss said. In August, a similar event was held at a glacier in Iceland. If this trend continues, Switzerland could lose all glaciers by the year 2100 if warming continues.

Glaciers within the Alps are fragmenting as a results of world warming.

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