I have a new post up on the THINK platform, about what climate change means to Iceland’s future:
So far in these posts I have mostly been focusing on specific aspects of climate change in Iceland, like the economic, social and political implications – and potential – of our green energy.
But what about the broader picture? How will climate change affect Iceland in the future on a wider scale?
Assuming the global warming trend continues, initially it will mean pretty good news for this country. First, Iceland’s weather will [continue to] improve – something that is already happening and which most Icelanders revel in. Summers have never been so good as they have over the past decade or so – at least not for as long as anyone can remember – and we’re all pretty content with that, just as long as we don’t think about the glaciers.
Because of course the downside is that our beautiful glaciers are melting. If the trend continues as it has been, all our glaciers will be gone in about 200 years’ time – and keep in mind that Iceland has the largest ice cap in Europe, outside of Greenland. Indeed, Icelandic glaciers have already receded a substantial amount – measured in metres, not centimetres – since the turn of the century ten years ago.
WEATHER: BETTER THAN THE LAST FEW DAYS
The harsh frost has let up, and so has the wind. Today was absolutely beautiful, with the sun at one end of the sky, and the moon at the other. Clear and still. A perfect winter’s day, really. Right now it’s -1°C [30F]. The sun came up at 10.49 and set at 3.43.