Comment from Kevin Hester
The precipitous collapse of the NZ glacial index continues apace in a non linear fashion.
The idiots who think that NZ can step back from hydro carbon energy production to so called renewables need a wake up call, here it is.
"Many New Zealand glaciers are important for hydropower: Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are both utilized for hydropower. Hooker Glacier, Mueller, Murchison and Tasman Glacier drain into Lake Pukaki, where water level has been raised 9 m for hydropower purposes.
Water from Lake Pukaki is sent through a canal into the Lake Ohau watershed and then through six hydropower plants of the Waitaki hydro scheme: Ohau A, B and C. Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki with a combined output of 1340 MW. Meridian owns and operates all six hydro stations located from Lake Pūkaki to Waitaki. The reduction of glacier area in the region will reduce summer runoff into Lake Pukaki and this hydropower system."
There is not one political party in NZ facing up to the reality of our dependence on fossil fuels as these sources of energy are in their terminal phase.
John Key and his climate change denier Minister of Climate Change Tim Grosser who was coincidentally also the Trade Minister driving the TPPA came back from #Copout21 in Paris rubbing their hands in glee that there were no bonding emissions targets.
We have all been chucked under the abrupt climate change bus, brace for imminent, non-linear impact.
And my own comments
Not only that but when the snow on the Southern Alps goes so too do Canterbury's large snow-fed rivers, We have a California-in-the-making
Terminus of Tasman, Mueller and Hooker Glacier terminus in Mount Cook 1972 map, no lake present.