Shrinking Glaciers Redraw Europe’s Borders

Posted on May 31, 2009 

Shrinking Glaciers Redraw Europe’s Borders

Global warming is shrinking Europe’s alpine glaciers with such dramatic acceleration that Italy and Switzerland must now redraw their mountain borders, says a proposed law approved by the lower house of the Italian parliament at the end of April.

Running for 463 miles, mostly along the arc of the Alps, the demarcation line between Italy and Switzerland has been fixed since 1861, when Italy became a unified state.

In 1941, a convention between the two countries defined as criteria for border demarcation the ridge crest of the glaciers. Since then, the border has been occasionally modified, with the biggest change occurring in the 1970s when the Switzerland-Italy highway was built.

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