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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-05-07

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Loss of 10% of mountain glacier ice ‘already inevitable’

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A tenth of the world’s mountain glacier ice will have melted by the middle of this century even if humanity meets the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to figures compiled exclusively for the Guardian. The loss is equivalent to more than 13,200 cubic kilometres of water, with knock-on effects on highly populated river deltas, wildlife habitats and sea levels. Scientists said the overwhelming bulk of this melt-off, which does not include Greenland or Antarctica, is unavoidable because it has been locked in by the global heating caused by humans in recent years.

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