Record melting of glaciers in the Alps. Five cubic kilometers of ice disappeared in 2022


Melting ice isn’t the only record for 2022. Europe also experienced its hottest summer on record. On average, they were recorded with more than 1.4 degrees Celsius more than in the reference period 1991-2000. According to the Copernicus service, temperatures in Europe are increasing by about twice the global average, he writes

The summer was marked by an extensive drought, which affected over a third of Europe and had consequences for the continent’s agriculture, transport and energy supply. The agency attributed the dry conditions to below-average snowfall the previous winter and severe heatwaves during the summer. In southern Europe, there was also a significant increase in the number of days with “extreme heat stress”, meaning that high temperatures posed a health risk.

In addition, solar radiation in Europe was more intense than at any other time in the last 40 years. Copernicus records began in 1979. The Climate Change Service uses data collected by ground stations, weather balloons, aircraft and satellites since 1950. Monthly statistics on temperatures, sea ice and other aspects are published using computer analyses.

Advertisement “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change,” said Samantha Burgess, Copernicus Associate Director.

Author: Samantha Burgess


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