Climate change reality overshadows COP26 as the UK’s longest lasting snow patch melts
- Wednesday 3 November 2021
© Iain Cameron
The UK’s most enduring snow patch, located on the remote Braeriach in the Cairngorms, has melted away completely, likely due to increasingly warm weather caused by climate change, according to snow patch expert and author of The Vanishing Ice Iain Cameron.
As reported by BBC News today, the patch has fully melted eight times since 1933 and four times in the past eighteen years. Prior to 1933, it was thought to have last disappeared completely in the 1970s.
Cameron has been studying snow patches for the past twenty-five years, chronicling the decline in snow fall and lingering patches of snow, which has decreased over the past six decades with some years of little no snow fall on Cairngorm expected by the 2080s.
The Vanishing Ice chronicles these little-seen relics of the ice age, describing how they have fascinated travellers and writers for hundreds of years and reflecting on the impact of climate change.