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Iceland Holds Funeral For First Glacier Lost To Climate Change

August 20, 2019 |

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This article was originally published on the Guardian

“Nation commemorates the once huge Okjokull glacier with plaque that warns action is needed to prevent climate change.

Iceland has marked its first-ever loss of a glacier to climate change as scientists warn that hundreds of other ice sheets on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare rock in a ceremony on the barren terrain once covered by the Okjökull glacier in western Iceland.

Around 100 people walked up the mountain for the ceremony, including Iceland’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson, and local researchers and colleagues from the United States who pioneered the commemoration project…”

Read on at: the Guardian.

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