Icelanders remember first glacier lost to climate change

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Icelanders have remembered the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson attended the event.

The melting of the glacier is seen by conservationists as part of the manifestations of climate change.

Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year.

The glacier ice covered 16 square kilometres (6.2 square miles) in 1890.

By 2012, it measured just 0.7 square kilometres.