Glacier Okjokull

Context:
  • In Iceland, people will gather to commemorate the loss of the glacier Okjokull, which was officially declared dead in 2014 at the age of 700.
About the glacier:
  • The glacier was officially declared dead by the Icelandic Meteorological Office when it was no longer thick enough to move
  • What once was glacier has been reduced to a small patch of ice atop a volcano.
  • Okjokull is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier.
  • The plaque is also labelled “415 ppm CO2”, referring to the record level of carbon dioxide measured in the atmosphere last May.
  • Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year, and scientists fear that all of the island country’s 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200.