Major glaciers set to disappear by 2050

STORY: Some of the world's most famous glaciers will disappear by 2050 due to global warming

no matter what the temperature rise scenario is, according to a UNESCO report

That’s including glaciers in the Dolomites in Italy, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

and the Yosemite and Yellowstone parks in the U.S.

UNESCO monitors some 18,600 glaciers across 50 of its World Heritage sites

[Tales Carvalho, Lead author / UNESCO report]

"By 2050, around one third of glaciers in World Heritage sites could disappear. These are mainly sites with small glaciarized areas but these include, for instance, the last remaining glaciers in Africa -- Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ruwenzori Mountains -- but also some other iconic glaciers such as the Dolomites, here in Italy, as well as Yosemite Park and Yellowstone in the United States. By 2100, around half of glaciers in World Heritage sites could disappear in a business as usual scenario."

UNESCO says local authorities should make glaciers a focus of policy

by improving monitoring and research and implementing disaster risk reduction measures

"I would say that the main action that needs to be taken to counteract glacier retreat is really to drastically reduce emissions, carbon emissions."