In the Antarctica one of the most important and also most dangerous glaciers on the planet is located. It has been baptized as the ‘Glacier of the Last Judgment’ because it undergoes the thaw as a result of human action that causes global warming. Is about Thwaites that has been melting rapidly for years and threatens to submerge us under water.
Manuel Pulgar Vidal, former Minister of the Environment and global leader of Climate and Energy for WWF, specified that although the collapse of the Thwaites glacier is not something to be expected in the short term, certain signs of its imminent catastrophe can already be seen today. in case the trend continues. In fact, already 4% of sea level rise is mainly due to this huge ice shelf, which is similar in size to the UK.
“The thaw has deepened in the last 30 years. This is important, because, in addition, this glacier is a shield for the entire Antarctic area, so its melting can have consequences throughout the continent ”, warns the expert.
Currently, the rise in sea level has been recorded at approximately 4 millimeters per year. This has resulted in the loss of land due to floods, salinization of crops and the presence of hurricanes of greater intensity because of the bodies of water.
“Only the collapse of this glacier can lead to an increase in sea level by 65 centimeters,” says Pulgar Vidal.
This projection is not encouraging, since it would devastate several coastal communities around the world, which would be submerged under water. Even worse when the trend marks that in 2,000 years, if we continue like this, the increase will be 3.3 meters more.
“It is really catastrophic,” adds the specialist.
Damage to the Thwaites glacier is just one of the consequences of climate change. Unfortunately, this is not the only natural resource that human beings have harmed with our actions and in many cases it cannot be reversed.
Nevertheless, there are still options to propose recovery plans although these would take thousands of years, says Pulgar Vidal.
“We can make the planet adapt to the consequences and, therefore, the climate system gradually stops the consequences that it generates today,” he says.
In this sense, the strategy consists of reducing the greenhouse gas emission, oriented towards not increasing the global average temperature by more than 1.5 ° C. at the end of the century.