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In Switzerland, a Funeral Is Held for a Glacier Lost to Global Warming

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By    |   Sunday, 22 September 2019 08:31 PM

About 250 Swiss on Sunday held a funeral for a glacier lost to global warming in eastern Switzerland, reports CNN.

A priest gave a speech and mourners laid flowers on the ground to commemorate the disappearing ice on Pizol Glacier, which has lost roughly 80 to 90 percent of its volume since 2006.

Matthias Huss, a glacier specialist at ETH Zurich university, told CNN there are only 26,000 square meters of ice left in the glacier.

"Pizol glacier has disappeared. There will be some snow left, but the glacier is no more," said Huss. "There are several small pieces of ice lying around, but these pieces are increasingly being covered by rock debris from the mountain. But given what is left of it, we will no longer term it a glacier in scientific terms.”

A similar ceremony was held in Iceland this past summer to commemorate Ojokull, a 700-year-old glacier declared dead in 2014.

Alessandra Degiacomi, coordinator of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection and organizer of the funeral march in Switzerland, told CNN her organization had obtained enough signatures to launch a popular initiative demanding that Switzerland reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

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About 250 Swiss on Sunday held a funeral for a glacier lost to global warming in eastern Switzerland, reports CNN.A priest gave a speech and mourners laid flowers on the ground to commemorate the disappearing ice on Pizol Glacier, which has lost roughly 80 to 90 percent of...
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