Scientists claim that thousands of lakes in the Northern Hemisphere lose their winter ice when global temperatures rise.
Their new study shows that within one generation more than 35,000 lakes will lose winter cover.
Experts report that the disappearance will have enormous consequences for the millions of people living near these bodies of water.
It can also be a threat to the supply of drinking water and fish.
Currently, about 15,000 lakes in Canada, the United States and northern Europe are experiencing periodic ice cover during the winter months. This means that they freeze in colder winters, but remain free of ice when winters are warmer.
This already creates difficulties for the population living in these regions, which use the icy roads that cross the lakes, for food supply and social connection.
Ice cover is also analyzed by experts as an important long-term indicator of climate change and one of the world’s reserves most threatened by rising temperatures.
Now, in that, according to scientists, is the most complete analysis of the loss of the ice cover of the lake, experts say that even more lakes in the winter will be free from ice.
If the planet can keep the global temperature rising to 2C, the study suggests that the number of lakes experiencing recurrent ice will increase to more than 35,000. This may be significant for the 394 million people who live within an hour of their shores.