Scientists studying glaciers in the West Kootenay say local ice fields lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer, reinforcing fears about their long-term survival.
“It’s scary, but it’s not unexpected,” said Dr. Brian Menounos, an internationally renowned glaciologist at the University of Northern BC. “Climate scientists have been talking about this for several decades.”
“It’s not a good-news story for the glaciers.”
Climate scientists say the relationship is clear: the end result of adding more thermal energy to the atmosphere is melting snow and ice.