50% of Earth's small glaciers will be GONE by 2100

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Dec 14, 2012

2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year on record and marked the 14th consecutive year of above-average temps. Although this is good news in terms of delaying the next ice age, it's terrible news for Earth's glaciers, which are melting at an alarming rate.

By 2100, glaciers worldwide will see a drastic reduction in size (anywhere from 50-90 percent in Europe, 45-90 percent in the Caucasus Mountains and 60-85 percent in New Zealand). Think that's bad? Small glaciers have it the worst. Treehugger reports, "Half of glaciers under 5 square kilometers in area will disappear entirely by 2100."

There is some good news in here (although we had to go digging for it). Sea levels are expected to rise due to glaciers melting in Antarctica and Greenland, but the melt from these inland glaciers won't be submerging our coastline.

Also, the glaciers in the Himalayas won't be suffering the same puddled fate. Treehugger writes, "Himalayan glaciers show only a 10-15% decline by 2100, with some actually showing an overall increase in area." Himalayan glaciers should be achieving glacial supremacy due to more snowfall, as shown by multiple models.

Climate scientists initially reported that the glaciers in the Himalayas were melting faster than other glaciers and should be dramatically diminished by 2035. However, that statement was retracted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the area reassessed.

If we thought that each reassessment would bring better news, we'd be asking the IPCC to re-evaluate every region—as well as every Twilight movie.