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© Hugo Raetzo

Climate change as a spectator sport: the melting of the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland caused a huge shift in the rock, creating a 20-metre wide fissure. One hotelier spotted the tourist potential of this event: he filmed the devastated landscape and encouraged people to watch the spectacle live on location: “Come to the Riederalp and witness the massive goings-on in the Aletsch Forest!”

This model could certainly be applied throughout the Alps. Thus for example all the glaciers in the Bavarian Alps will melt in the coming 20 to 30 years. A trip to Bavaria’s last glacier would be a true highlight. Beach-lovers too will find the mountains to their liking, as climate change is creating numerous new lakes in the Alps. It is simply a matter of perspective. One thing is for sure: there will be massive goings-on in the Alps!

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ELQSHuyCs

 

Sources:

www.infosperber.ch/Umwelt/Riederalp-Aletsch-Schweizweit-grossten-Felsverschiebungen (de) , www.br.de/klimawandel/alpen-gletscher-schmelzen-klimawandel-100.html (de) , www.welt.de/wissenschaft/umwelt/article126298067/Klimawandel-laesst-in-den-Alpen-neue-Seen-entstehen.html (de)