Plan to harvest glacial ice cubes slammed by environmentalists

Environmentalists have slammed proposals by a company planning to harvest ice from the Svartisen glacier in Norway and sell it as luxury ice cubes to fancy bars and retaurants around the world.

The Svartisen glacier.

The Svartisen glacier. Image by Julian-G. Albert / CC BY 2.0

Svaice claims that there is a market for such a product, claiming that glacial ice melts more slowly and is 'aesthetically more pleasing' than regular ice. Meanwhile environmental campaigners say that such a practice is not sustainable, and should be banned. The thickness of the Svartisen glacier, mainland Norway's second largest, has halved since 2000, and it's predicted that it will have disappeared within the next 100 years. Read more: 

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