Shrinking Glaciers

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.

Ian Johnston, Independent

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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