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Cymene Howe

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Glacier grief: how funerals and rituals can help us mourn the loss of nature

From mountain top ceremonies to immersive art, people are finding new ways to express feelings of grief – and guilt – when nature ‘dies’ The age of extinction is supported by About this content Sofia Quaglia Mon 10 Oct 2022 07.45 BST It was in 2016 that Cymene Howe, a scholar at Rice University, Texas, first heard of the “death” of Okjökull, a small icecap in western Iceland, two years earlier. Glaciers are charismatic, with snouts and tongues of ice that crawl over land as they grow, but when their ice becomes too thin to continue moving – an increasingly common event amid rising temperatures – the glacier is pronounced dead.

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