Extreme Glacier Loss in New Zealand Undeniably Linked to Human-Caused Climate Change

Nature Climate Change, August 3

In New Zealand’s Southern Alps, anthropogenic forcing has made extreme loss of glacier ice at least 6 times more likely to occur in 2011 and 10 times in 2018 (>90% confidence). These were two of the highest mass-loss years ever recorded in that region. This increased likelihood is driven by present-day temperatures around 1.0 °C above the pre-industrial average and confirms the connection between human-induced climate warming and the extreme loss of ice. As global temperatures continue rising, there will be an increasingly visible human fingerprint on glaciers around the world.


Compiled by Amy Imdieke