Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: experts

As the Earth warms at a faster rate than it did, a combination of less snow and a rapid melt is causing glaciers to recede in length and volume. File photo: Research technician May Guan (left), glaciologist Scott Munro, (centre) and glaciology technician Steve Bertollo take careful measurements as they install an automatic weather station on the Rockiesí Peyto Glacier. The Peyto Glacier and part of Banff National Park has lost about 70 per cent of its mass in the last 50 years. Lynn Martel / CNSPICS CND

Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history, threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say. David Hik, an ecology professor at Simon Fraser University, said the region is one of the hotspots for warming and the magnitude of change in the glaciers is dramatic. “Probably 80 per cent of the mountain glaciers in Alberta and B.C. Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: experts

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