Over the past 50 years in the Altai Mountains seen increase in the average temperature, and by 2050, some of the glaciers have lost 26% of its area, RIA Novosti reported, citing a report participating scientific and practical conference on the study of climate change in the Altai-Sayan ecoregion Love Ivashkina .
"Russia was among the areas which emerged facts to support global climate change, and the south of Western Siberia, specifically — Altai, called the center of global warming in Russia. Nowhere is of specific changes can tell Altai glaciers, which, like the glaciers around the world, has recently been significantly reduced in size. Glaciers are shrinking, and some of them have already disappeared, "- said Love Ivashkina.
Siberian scientists note that the languages of all the Altai glaciers significantly retreated deep into the valleys. Absolute elevation of the lower part of the language up to 100-120 m compared to their position in the mid-19th century.
According to experts of climate over the past 50 years in the Altai-Sayan region marked increase in the average temperature of 1.2 degrees in the highlands to 3.5 degrees in the intermountain basins. Climate change impacts on fragile alpine and more sustainable steppe ecosystem may be irreversible, scientists say.
Violation of the existing ecological balance can lead to, including to more frequent forest fires and growth of damage.Source: news.mail.ru