Climate scientists are alarmed by the shockingly rapid decline of northern Canada's glaciers. The glaciers are reportedly shrinking faster than ever before - as a result, Canadians all over the country should brace themselves for devastating damage to our environment in the coming years.
According to a new report by Simon Frasier University, the glaciers in question are in the Yukon territory, specifically the Saint Elias Mountains. The mountains sprawl across the Yukon, northwestern BC and Alaska. Scientists are now noticing that this region is losing ice faster than the rest of Canada.
"What we’re seeing now feels like time travel into the future," says Simon Hik, a co-editor of the report. "Because as the massive glaciers are retreating, they’re causing a complete reorganization of the environment."
In an article by The Guardian, it's revealed that none of Canada's northern regions were prepared for the consequences that come with climate change. The decline has become so severe that the glacier can no longer compensate for the amount it's losing each year.
As for the rest of Canada, scientists are certain that we can expect to feel the effects of climate change in the coming years, and they're more severe than many of us want to believe. The flow of glacier water is disappearing at an unprecedented speed, and the outcome will be "catastrophic" for the millions of people who rely on it, one researcher told The Weather Network.
The earth's temperature is also on the rise and is now a full 2 degrees warmer than it was 50 years ago. Scientists say that the world only has 12 years to slow global warming or flooding, droughts, extreme heat and natural disasters will become too severe for humans to withstand.
Justin Trudeau is stepping up Canada's response to climate change with new government-imposed carbon taxes in every province. Which means more money from taxpayers - but thankfully, almost all of the proceeds will go directly back into Canadians' bank accounts.
It seems like the best we can do at this point is to learn from these observations and factor them into our everyday choices to ultimately reduce our impact on climate change.