It turns out global warming isn’t the only reason glaciers are dwindling. Police in Chile have intercepted a refrigerated truck and arrested a man suspected of stealing 5 tonnes of glacier ice, in an attempt to make “designer” ice cubes for bars and restaurants. Allegedly, the ice was to be used for rums, whiskies, and cocktails in Patagonia’s capital of Santiago.
Aside from theft accusations, authorities are also considering adding violation of national monuments to the list of charges.
The Jorge Montt Glacier is part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, and according to scientists, is disappearing by as much as half a mile per year. This makes it one of the world’s fastest shrinking glaciers. Environmentalists have long been aware of the serious matter of disappearing glaciers, but until now, theft has never been part of the problem. It sounds like humans have hit a whole new low.
It’s always funny to hear how far people will go to be classy, even if it’s at the cost of the environment. Nobody will notice 5 tonnes of glacier going missing, right?
Image courtesy of NASA: Jorge Montt Glacier, Chile