Officials and researchers unveiled a plaque at a volcano northeast of Reykjavík yesterday to honor the passing of Okjökull, the nation’s first glacier lost to modern climate change. “In the next 200 years, all our main glaciers are expected to follow the same path,” it reads. Declared dead in 2014 when it lacked enough weight to move, Okjökull once covered 6.2 square miles.
How bad could the situation get? The world’s glaciers are disappearing: One recent study found they’ve lost more than 10 trillion tons of ice in the past half-century, while another says the Alps could lose 90 percent of their glaciers by 2100.