In a study published in the journal Science, researchers predict that almost half of the 215,000 glaciers considered worldwide will melt by 2100 – if the temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees. Not only will the ongoing melting of glaciers lead to rising sea levels and flooding, glaciers are also natural freshwater reservoirs for the dry, hot summer months. If the glaciers disappear, there will be widespread consequences for irrigation, drinking water, goods transport, flora and fauna.
However, immediate climate action and every tenth of a degree of warming saved can slow the process.
Science article “Global glacier change in the 21st century: Every increase in temperature matters”