Humans may, after all, be responsible for the retreat of glacial ice, though not via global warming.
Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tons of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants, according to The Guardian.
The officers intercepted a truck in Chile last Friday that contained what they believe was more than $5,000 worth of illicit ice allegedly bound for bars and restaurants in the capital, Santiago.
The driver is charged with theft, and authorities are considering adding violation of national monuments to the charge.
Jorge Montt, part of the Bernardo O’Higgins national park, has retreated by half a mile a year, making it one of the world’s fastest-shrinking glaciers, according to scientists. Greens have regularly used the glacier to help prove the case of global warming.