Climate change: why are ice sheets getting bigger and falling more often?

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Researchers believe that ice storms will generally become more severe

Last Tuesday, a severe ice storm in Catalonia, northern Spain, caused the death of a 20-month-old girl, who succumbed to injuries when a large piece of ice fell on her head.

The diameter of some snowflakes, in that storm, reached 10 centimeters.

The storm lasted in the Girona region, for a little more than 10 minutes, but left dozens of people injured. So why are snowstorms becoming more frequent than ever?

BBC Future’s David Hambling wrote an article published in March this year explaining why:

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