Here’s some very scary stuff from Carbon Brief and the Independent
US Glacier National Park down to its last 26 glaciers after losing 124 in a century
Glacier National Park in Montana is losing the ice that gave its name, a new study says. 37 ‘named’ glaciers and two others on US Forest Service land in the state have reduced in size by an average of nearly 40% since 1966, with some losing 85% of their ice. Only 26 should actually be classified as glaciers, the researchers say, as the other 13 are no longer larger than 25 acres – the benchmark used to decide if an area of ice is big enough to count. “The trend is consistent, there’s been no reversal,” lead research Daniel Fagre told Climate Central. “The most important aspect of this is that the process is only going in one direction,” Fagre said. “They’re all inexorably going to that ultimate fate.” The loss of glaciers potentially affects not just tourism to the park, which hit a record 2.9 million visitors last year, but also local ecosystems that depend on the summer release of glacial meltwater. CNN also covers the study.