A new study sheds a gloomy, slushy light on the future of Western Canada’s glaciers.
It’s published in Nature Geoscience, and says Rocky Mountain glaciers could disappear in one hundred years.
That could cause a major impact on everything from fisheries to the ski season.
UBC Geophysics professor emeritus Garry Clark co-authored the study.
Clark says it will also impact BC Hydro’s electricity production.
“It’s going to be more of a management issue for BC Hydro, when to store water, when to release it. So, it’s not going to turn into water scarcity, it’s going to be a question of how to balance out the year to make things flow throughout the year.”
Clark says naysayers will often point to changing weather patterns as evidence research like his is wrong.
Clark says there is a difference between weather and climate – which is what impacts glaciers.
CKNW’s Jon McComb spoke to Clark about the report. You can listen to that interview here: