Official figures released on Wednesday said that the quantity of snow on the glaciers in the autonomous province of Trento at the end of May was around 50%-60% of the average for the last 20 years.
Furthermore, some glacier fronts, such as the Marmolada and Mandrone glaciers, had no snow at all at the end of May, one month earlier than the norm for the last two decades. The data was based on measurements taken by the provincial government, the SAT glacier commission, Padua University and Trento’s MUSE science museum. Rising global temperatures resulting from human-induced climate change are causing glaciers, an important source of fresh water, to melt and diminish in size, scientists say.
This also contributes to rising sea levels. The level of snow on Italy’s glaciers has been hit by low levels of precipitation between December and February. Indeed, the winter of 2021-22 was one of the 10 driest since 1921.