In 80 years, skiing in the Alps in Europe might be a thing of the past, according to a new study.
Researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales found that 92 percent of the 4,395 Alpine glaciers may be lost by as early as 2100 because of climate change.
The study looked at 200 years of climate records and forecasts between 1901 and 2100 and the “equilibrium line altitude” of glaciers in the Alps.
The ELA is the point on a glacier where the amount of ice that melts every year is the same as the amount of snow that falls. Finding the ELA helps researchers determine the effect of climate change on a glacier.
If greenhouse gas emissions continue as they are now for the foreseeable future, the Alps’ glaciers will lose 90 to 98 percent of their volume in the next 80 years.
However, if there is a moderate decline of emissions, that prediction drops to 80 to 90 percent.
In the best case, only 65 to 80 percent of their mass will melt up to 2100.