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Venezuela Becomes First Country to Lose All Glaciers

Venezuela has recently witnessed a poignant environmental milestone, marking a grim reality of the climate crisis.
Venezuela Becomes First Country to Lose All Glaciers
  • The nation has likely become the first in modern history to lose all its glaciers, with the reclassification of the Humboldt glacier as an ice field, its final icy vestige, earlier this month. This event serves as a stark reminder that climate change is not a distant threat but an urgent crisis demanding immediate action.
  • Once home to six glaciers nestled in the Andes mountains at approximately 5,000 meters above sea level, Venezuela saw the disappearance of five by 2011. Scientists initially estimated that the Humboldt glacier would endure for another decade, but its rapid melting has defied expectations. Now reduced to less than 2 hectares, the Humboldt’s downgrade from a glacier to an ice field underscores the alarming pace of glacial retreat.

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Published date : 22 May 2024 11:57AM

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