Glacier in central Sweden “collapsing” as climate warms

The Syl glacier in Jämtland, central Sweden is breaking up, according to Tomas Bergström of the Jämtland county council. In this picture, a drop of water falls from a glacier in Greenland in August 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
One of the Scandinavian glaciers has broken up because of the unusually warm summer, reports P4 Jämtland.

Tomas Bergström who monitors the local environment for the county council says you can see clearly how the glacier has broken up into several large pieces. “It has quite simply collapsed” he says.

The Syl glacier is on the Sweden-Norway border, not far from the town of Trondheim, central Norway.

During the warm summer lots of snow melted from the glacier. Researchers at Stockholm University says that the last eight years have seen greater changes in the Helags and Syl glaciers in the last 8 years, than in the previous 50 years.

And Tomas Bergström at the Jämtland county council says as the climate gets warmer the effects on glaciers are going to be one of the clearest signs of what’s happening.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Dramatic changes to Yukon glaciers a warning for the planet, researchers say, CBC News

Finland: Cold, snowy weather spreads across most of Finland, YLE News

Norway: Vegetation in Arctic Europe disturbed by mid-autumn thaw, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russian and American scientists team up to study Arctic Russia’s weakening sea ice, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Melting ice brings down Sweden’s highest mountain peak, Radio Sweden

United States: New study predicts ‘radical re-shaping’ of Arctic landscape by 2100, CBC News

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