Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain peak has lost its status due to global warming as the glacier covering its summit continues to shrink amid higher temperatures. Kebnekaise is located in far north of Sweden, about 95 miles (150km) inside the Artic circle. It has two peak-the northern and southern peak. The southern peak has always been higher.
Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, a Stockholm University geography professor who has been measuring the peak for several years said the height of Kebnekaise southern peak has been decreasing by 24 meters over the past 50 years. The annual survey revealed that the southern peak now has 2095.6 meters making it the lowest height ever measured and the rocky northern peak now 2096.8 meters making it 1.2 meters taller.
Sweden recorded its hottest month ever in May and July, 2018 with temperature rise of 10°C above normal. Ninis Rosqvist also said that the temperatures in the summer has increased all year round. Even the winters are warming. She further stated that what is happening at Kebnekaise southern peak is just a representative of all the glaciers in Scandinavia. It’s a symbol for glacier melt. They’re all melting rapidly.
“The glacier is likely to expand again with winter snow and ice. The climate is changing before our eyes and we need to do something about it” Ninis Rosqvist said.