Biological diversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. Since 1970, there has been on average almost a 70% drop in the populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Around one million animal and plant species – almost a quarter of the global total – are threatened with extinction. The Alps are no exception as the disappearing Glacier du Folly above Lost Glacier Lodge reminds us.
The Glacier du Folly is the last northernmost glacier in the French Alps and also the lowest in altitude, it overlooks the Lac des Chambres (another relic of the last ice age) and is protected by the North face of the Avoudrues. The dying glacier’s crevasses have already disappeared and it will soon become a more or less permanent snowfield before entirely disappearing. (ref Camp to Camp).