Climate Change Shrinks Sweden’s Former Tallest Peak

The Swedish high country, with Kebnekaise Mountain at background–shrinking due to climate change. Courtesy photo

It’s confirmed, above average temps have melted the mountain-top glacier that marked Sweden’s former highest point.

Researchers at Stockholm University report Kebnekaise Mountain’s ice-capped southern peak had marked the winter-y nation’s most lofty elevation, until measurements taken this year found it was shrinking.

Located above the Arctic Circle, Kebnekaise is a 2100m-tall dual peak effected heavily by back-to-back hot summers.

Over the past 50 years, height of its southern summit has decreased by almost 79 feet. And experts link its most recent 4 foot loss to heat waves over Scandinavia (and continental EU).

Troubling tidings:

  • July 2018 ranks among hottest months in planetary history
  • Thousands of heatwave-related deaths across EU
  • Billions of tons of ice loss off Greenland
  • Arctic Sea Ice reduced 10 percent in the last 30 years
  • Growing fear of “glacial lake outburst floods” stemming from ice melt

Europe’s summer heat records are directly linked to climate change.

The topographical oddity reported out of Sweden may only be the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg.’

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