They're 60 and have been climbing glaciers for years. They can't anymore — not because of old age.

Glacier-climbing, skiing, and snowboarding might become a thing of the past. Unless we do something.

Alpinists are probably some of the coolest people.

Sometimes known as mountaineers, alpinists are people who climb high mountains. It's a hard activity.

Especially if they're climbing ice.


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Whether you're watching them in real life or on TV, what they do is mind-boggling.

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Like, how does that happen? How do they have the guts to climb up a GLACIER??!! Stick an ice pick into the ice and make their way up on something that slippery and that high?

They're probably cooler than Spider-Man. Because they're actually REAL.


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Sadly, snow alpinists are having a really hard time these days.

Learning how to climb a glacier is hard. But what's harder now is finding a glacier to climb in the first place.

Glaciers are slowly melting away — about 95% of them, in fact, according to some studies.

There are a lot of alpinists — some of them around age 60 — who haven't done any studies on glaciers. But they have still noticed this happening.

Too long; didn't watch?

Melting glaciers and snow aren't just affecting glacier alpinists. It's affecting ski resorts — businesses — all around the world, and ordinary people who just want some fun in the snow can't get it.

This is what rising temperatures look like. This is what climate change looks like.

And it's only going to speed up — unless we do something.

First, we must accept that climate change exists and is a problem that affects us — and that we need to take measures to counteract rising global temperatures. How can we do it? Many ways, in fact.

Let's get back a world where the climbing folks of the mountains can continue doing what they love.

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Axel was "super excited" waiting for the bus in Augusta with his mom, Amy Johnson, until it came time to actually get on.

"He was all smiles when he saw me around the corner and I started to slow down and that's when you could see his face start to change," his bus driver, Isabel "Izzy" Lane, told WEAU.

The scared boy wouldn't get on the bus without help from his mom, so she picked him up and carried him aboard, trying to give him a pep talk.

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A new Harriet Tubman statue sculpted by Emmy and Academy award-winner Wesley Wofford has been revealed, and its symbolism is moving to say the least.

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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