Glacier loses two more

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As just about everyone, from the USA Today to the Xinhua News Agency, is reporting, Glacier National Park has lost two more of its eponymous glaciers.

From the AP:

Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He warned the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade.

"When we're measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what we've measured," Fagre said.

Here's a neat depressing USGS visualization of glacial retreat in Glacier:

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Click here for more information on the visualization and other Glacier climate models.

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report (PDF), "Glacier National Park in Peril: The Threats of Climate Disruption," showing that over the last decade Glacier saw exactly double the temperature increase for the planet as a whole. More information here.

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