Climate change claims the Eiger

One of Switzerland’s most famous mountains is set to change dramatically as a huge slab breaks away from it. The Grindelwald glacier is melting due to higher temperatures and water in the fissure between the slab and the main body of the mountain is building up pressure.

This is only the most recent, and dramatic, example of the damage being done by global warming to the Alps. In May the Gotthard road, one of the main routes through the Alps was blocked, and two motorists killed, by a rockslide and on Monday there was a mudslide from a glacier which killed a hiker.

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