On November 25thmedia reported that Switzerland had lost more than 500 glaciers. By the end of the century, 90 percent of the remaining 1,500 glaciers could disappear, according to government reports. Built in 1882, the Belvedere Hotel is located in the Fulca Pass overlooking the Rhone Glacier. Three years ago, however, the hotel was forced to close because the glacier had retreated 2km.
In the mid-19th century, photographs of the Rhone Glacier, which deep into the valley, showed a 100-meter-thick front edge, but has now disappeared completely into a river and lawn.
In another photograph taken at the end of the 19th century, a man sits on a boulder in front of the largest Aletsch glacier in the Alps. But now it can be seen that the huge glacier passages are no longer integrated with the main body of the glacier.
Matthias Huss of GLAMOS, a Swiss glacier monitoring agency, says Switzerland has lost about 2 per cent of its glaciers in the past year. Never seen a glacier decline so fast since the measurementbes began.
Earlier, according to a study published by the Swiss Academy of Sciences, more than 500 icebergs have disappeared in Switzerland since 1900, and the Pitsor glacier on the northern side of the Alps has lost 80-90% in three years.