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Glaciers in Yosemite and Africa will disappear by 2050, U.N. warns

By Rick Noack

02 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Much of humanity depends upon these World Heritage glaciers for domestic water, agriculture and hydropower.

PARIS - Glaciers in at least one-third of World Heritage sites possessing them, including Yosemite National Park, will disappear by mid-century even if emissions are curbed, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization warned in a new report Thursday.

Even if global warming is limited to just 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), which now seems unlikely, all the glaciers in Yosemite and the ice patches in Yellowstone National Park, as well as the few glaciers left in Africa, will be lost.

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