How A Cloth Sheet Is Saving A Swedish Glacier From Global Warming

A sheet of cloth that was used to protect a portion of Helags glacier located in north Sweden in the summer of 2009 protected at the very least 3.5 meters of height in the event of melting according to the organizers of the initiative that is private, the first of this of its kind Scandinavia.

Global warming is causing glaciers shrink around the globe. For instance, the Swedish glacier's most awe-inspiring mountain, Kebnekaise, has lost two meters of height in the past year. Learn more

The experiment with the cloth was conducted at the Helags glacier which is Sweden's highest mountain to the south of the Arctic Circle.

"We wrapped a tiny area of the glacier using the use of corn starch and wool sheet to see whether we could get the ice and snow to melt less than usual," co-instigator Erik Huss explained.

"This sheet was designed to shield 3.5-4 feet from melting. "

Huss, a communication consultant with a doctorate in glaciology who came up with the idea along with Swedish adventurer Oskar Kihlborg said that glaciers were the best indicator of climate change.

"They reveal precisely how the climate is changing as well as the steps you can take to help protect the ecosystem," he told Reuters.

Huss along with his fellows are hoping to replicate their experiment in a larger area than the forty square meter area covered on Helags and involve glaciology experts to take a more scientific approach.

They are also in talks with the producer of cloth about making the material lighter and lighter.

This is crucial to expanding, Huss said, because in order to limit carbon emissions associated with this plan, the biodegradable sheet is carried up the mountain manually.


The creators of the project intend to create awareness about the risks that many societies could be facing if glaciers are removed in the course of the course of the project.

"There'd then not be access to water for agriculture, industry millions of individuals. Where are they going? From where do they obtain their water?

"There are billions of people around the world who live along mountain ranges like those of the Rocky Mountains, the Andes as well as the Alps as well as Himalaya... that depend on glaciers for water sources. "

Another goal is to prove that action taken by hands to reduce the effects of global warming may yield outcomes. "It's all about doing something," Huss said.

Covering glaciers to protect their shrinking further is being tried elsewhere, like the Italian city of Presena, however, it has never been done before in the context of a Nordic region.

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