Glaciers around the world have been always the biggest attraction for tourists. With the recent acceleration of the loss of glaciers because of climate change, it will cause a havoc issue for countries and communities that were dependent on them for decades- to attract tourists, to gain electricity, and to expose their spiritual traditions.
The ice masses have started to disappear, and it is high time that it needs our attention. The glaciers have started to melt since the time of the Industrial Revolution and has taken a faster speed in recent years.
One of the finest examples would be the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains which lies on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This peak used to have more that 40 glaciers but by 2005 it had almost less than half of what it had. Total disappearance of glaciers will leave a long-lasting effect as Uganda gets almost half of its power from hydroelectricity which also includes the power plants that totally depends on the water flow from the Rwenzori glaciers.
“That hydroelectric power runs much better on more regular flows than it does peak and troughs,” stated by Richard Taylor who is a hydrogeology professor in the University College of London.
Another prominent example would be the peak on the southern edge of Germany’s border which they share with Austria. The shocking fact is that on five glaciers combined, nearly half a square kilometer of ice is there. Some of the experts have stated that the ice that existed in 1850, we have almost 88 percent less than that now and all the remaining glaciers won’t take more than 10 to 15 years to melt.
With the disappearance of glaciers, local ecosystems will also be badly affected as stated by experts. Experts are already studying about the Humboldt Glacier which is in Venezuela which is estimated to disappear within the next 20 years.