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Antarctica gets glasgow glacier ahead of climate summit

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ROME – Britain names an Antarctic ice mass that thins the Glasgow Glacier, to symbolize the vast implications for the world of a climate conference that begins Sunday in the Scottish city.

More than 120 world leaders will join British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Glasgow for the COP26 summit. Britain calls the rally one of the world’s last chances to keep alive the goal, agreed in Paris in 2015, of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Scientists at the University of Leeds in England studied a chain of glaciers in the Getz Basin of Antarctica and found their land-to-ocean journey accelerated by an average of 25% between 1994 and 2018 due to climate change , losing 315 gigatons of ice and contributing to global sea level rise.

The glaciers, which are found in British Antarctic Territory, will be named after cities that have hosted climate conferences, reports or treaties, including Rio, Kyoto, Paris and Glasgow.

Johnson said that “by giving this glittering giant of nature the name of the city where humanity will meet next week to fight for the future of the planet, we have a stark reminder of what we are working for. to preserve”.

Urging leaders of the Group of 20 major economies, meeting this weekend in Rome, to increase their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, Johnson said the Glasgow meeting “represents our best chance” to “maintain the goal of 1.5 degrees alive “.

Johnson urged the leaders of some of the G20’s biggest carbon emitters – including India, Australia and China – to cut their emissions faster and deeper. But he had few firm commitments to show as he prepared to return to the UK and said he rated the Glasgow summit’s odds of success at 6 out of 10.

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