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- 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.
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