- People visited at the site of Okjokull, Iceland’s first glacier has completely melted due to climate change, in the west of Iceland on August 18, 2019.
“Even if we can’t escape its consequences, it is not too late to escape the mindset that brought us here.” —Alice O’Keeffe, reviewing This Is Not a Drill
First time in the history of Iceland has lost its first glacier lost due to the climate crisis. The once massive Okjokull glacier, now completely gone.
“A letter to the future. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”
July was one of the hottest month ever recorded on Earth since record keeping began in 1880.
Nine out of the 10 hottest July’s ever recorded have occurred since 2005, and July was the 43rd consecutive July to register temperature above the 20th century average.
In Greenland, the Scientists were shocked by how rapidly the ice sheets are melting, as it was revealed the ice there was not expected to melt like this until 2070.
The melt ratio has been called “unprecedented,” as the all time single day melt record was broken in August as the ice sheet lost a mind bending 12.5 billion tons of water in one day.
It is important to know that the Greenland ice sheet contains enough ice, which can increase global sea levels by 20 feet, and it is now predicted that will lose more ice this year than ever before.
Also, earlier in the year than ever before, Alask’s sea ice has melted completely away.