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.
Ok is gone and it’s not OK https://t.co/4OrnERE5m3
— Katrín Jakobsdóttir (@katrinjak) August 17, 2019
The melting of the glacier is seen by conservationists as part of the manifestations of climate change.
— Sunbeams Are Free (@JackDeTate) August 18, 2019
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.
On August 18, 2019, scientists will be among those who gather for a memorial atop Ok volcano in west-central #Iceland. The deceased being remembered is Okjökull—a once-iconic #glacier that was declared dead in 2014. https://t.co/IbwDha54cB #NASA #Landsat pic.twitter.com/pSFD08UohO
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) August 12, 2019