Ecologist Dr. Dan Fagre with the US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that two of the icecaps in Montana’s Glacier National Park, Miche Wabun and Shepard, have shrunk below the threshold that would qualify them as glaciers.
Thus, the park which once totaled 150 glaciers, including 37 with names, has now been reduced to 25.
Dr. Fagre also said that these remaining ice caps may well be gone by 2020.
He explained, "When we're measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what we've measured."
Meanwhile, a new report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Natural Resources Defense Council confirmed that the average temperature at Glacier National Park has been rising twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with the shrinking glaciers also limiting water in streams while raising the risk for forest fires as well as irreversible harm to wildlife ecosystems.
Our thanks, Dr. Fagre, US Geological Survey, Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Natural Resources Defense Council for these observations, despite their disturbing forecast. May our more caring planetary stewardship speed us toward a renewal of these and other delicate ecosystems.
As mentioned on previous occasions, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke again during a November 2009 video conference in Washington, DC, USA on the most urgently needed action to stop the global phenomenon of glacier melt.