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Funeral for a glacier: Activists hold wake on mountain for lost sheet of ice

Climate activists hold funeral for Alps glacier lost to global warming

Activists gathered to mark the death of the Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps (Picture: Reuters; Getty; AP)

Hundreds of climate activists gathered to pay their respects to a Swiss glacier lost to global warming.

The Pizol glacier has retreated to a fraction of its original size since 2006 as temperatures climbed.

Matthias Huss, a glaciologist at ETH Zurich university, has scaled it countless times and said its demise was like the dying of a good friend.

Pizol glacier has disappeared, Mr Huss told CNN. There will be some snow left, but the glacier is no more.

The glacier has been monitored since 1893 and is set to become the first to be removed from the Swiss glacier surveillance network, he added.

People take part in a ceremony to mark the 'death' of the Pizol glacier (Pizolgletscher) on September 22, 2019 above Mels, eastern Switzerland. - In a study earlier this year, researchers of ETH technical university in Zurich determined that more than 90 percent of Alpine glaciers will disappear by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

People take part in a ceremony to mark the death of the Pizol glacier (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A woman takes part in a ceremony to mark the 'death' of the Pizol glacier (Pizolgletscher) on September 22, 2019 above Mels, eastern Switzerland. - In a study earlier this year, researchers of ETH technical university in Zurich determined that more than 90 percent of Alpine glaciers will disappear by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Some dressed in all black for the occasion (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Eric Petrini stands on a rock as he delivers a speech during a commemoration in front of the 'dying' glacier of Pizol mountain in Wangs, Switzerland, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Various organizations gathered to shine a light on climate change and melting glaciers. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

Eric Petrini stands on a rock as he delivers a speech during a commemoration in front of the dying glacier (Picture: AP)

epa07861171 People attend a commemoration for the dying glacier of Pizol mountain, in Wangs, Switzerland, 22 September 2019. Various organizations gathered to shine a light on climate change and melting glaciers. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

Around 250 people are thought to have taken part in the march (Picture: EPA)

TOPSHOT - People take part in a ceremony to mark the 'death' of the Pizol glacier (Pizolgletscher) on September 22, 2019 above Mels, eastern Switzerland. - In a study earlier this year, researchers of ETH technical university in Zurich determined that more than 90 percent of Alpine glaciers will disappear by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Studies suggest more than 90 per cent of Alpine glaciers will disappear by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A hiker plays his accordion with view of Wildlake and the Pizol glacier on the sideline of a commemoration for the 'dying' glacier of Pizol mountain, pictured in the background, in Wangs, Switzerland, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Various organizations gathered to shine a light on climate change and melting glaciers. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

A hiker plays his accordion with view of Wildlake and the Pizol glacier on the sideline (Picture: AP)

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