For approximately 4 years I have been pissing into the wind talking about the dangers to Canterbury’s snow-fed rivers from melting ice from melting snow in the Southern Alps.
I don’t think anyone took the slightest interests especially as I had to rely on material in the NY Times and research published in Australia, not NZ. Presumably this would have evinced sceptical laughter (“contempt prior to investigation”.
Now it is happening.
Two little-known glaciers on the Southern Alps are disappearing thanks to a "massive melt-off of snow".
“Snow levels were already lower in the Garden of Eden and Garden of Allah than they were last March, researchers say.
“With at least two more warm months to come, the melt-off was expected to get worse – which could affect water supplies to Canterbury and West Coast rivers, they say. “
Here are some links to previous articles
Retreating glaciers and uncovered rocks evidence of swift change in climate with implications for sea level.
Hot weather having massive impact on New Zealand's 'water tower' glaciers
The Gardens of Eden and Allah, on the Southern Alps, where snow levels are already lower than they were in March last year.
31 January, 2018