Glaciers in Canadian Rockies Could Shrink By 95% by 2100, Study Finds

Athabasca Glacier

This blog originally appeared on Carbon Brief.

The Canadian Rockies, which sit as a backdrop to many a stunning vista, could be almost entirely devoid of glaciers by the end of the century, a new study suggests.

Researchers modelled the impact of rising temperatures on glaciers across western Canada.

The results show widespread ice loss by 2050, and ice all but vanishing a few decades later.

Around 27,000 square kilometers of Western Canada is covered by glaciers, an area similar in size to the amount of ice in the Himalayas or the whole of South America.

Gary Braasch Photos: The Shrinking of India's Precious Gangotri Glacier

Photography is a key tool used by scientists to monitor and analyze the physical effects of climate change on the planet.  More than that, images are an essential tool for informing the public of what is happening – as they say, pictures tell a thousand words.

Gary Braasch is a photojournalist who has captured the extraordinary images of climate change for the last 11 years through his organization World View of Global Warming.

Braasch's most recent expedition took him to the Himalayas, where he documented the state of the Gangotri Glacier.*

Gangotri, India's second largest glacier, has been retreating for more than a century.  Now, this key source of fresh waters shrinks by 18 meters per year.

Below are a few samples of Braasch's striking and revealing photographs. Alongside some of the images, I've also inserted quotes from Braasch explaining more about the photo and how it fits into the climate change story.

David Bellamy's glacier growing myth finally put to rest

This story has history. In 2005, a former UK environmentalist named David Bellamy had a letter published in New Scientist magazine claiming that:

Indeed, if you take all the evidence that is rarely mentioned by the Kyotoists into consideration, 555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980.”

Germany's last glacier gone by 2025

CNN has a story today on the melting of Zugspitze, the last glacier in Germany. Economic losses are already resulting, despite the efforts of locals to slow down the melting by creating an anti-glare shield to reflect sunlight away from the glacier.  

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