This year’s winter in France has, so far, been the mildest in more than a century, and that has had a direct impact on the ski resort of Le Mourtis, in the Pyrenees mountains. “There’s no snow,” said French holidaymaker Frederic Foltran, setting off for the piste this week not with his skis but with a two-wheeled scooter designed for whizzing down grassy pastures. The lack of snow has forced the resort to temporarily close down its ski runs in mid-season, local restaurateurs and hoteliers are counting the cost of fewer visitors, and those people that do come make do with other pursuits, like hiking.
Independent 12th Feb 2020 read more »
Researchers have become concerned at the speed with which the PIG and Thwaites are losing ice. Satellite records show the glaciers have speeded up in recent decades. They’ve also thinned and their fronts have pulled back towards land. Warm ocean water is said to be infiltrating the glaciers’ undersides and melting them.
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