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DATE: February 20, 2017

SNIP: Canada’s glaciers are responding rapidly to a warming Arctic and are a major contributor to sea level rise, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of California Irvine studied data collected from 1991 to 2015 on glaciers found in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Arctic. They found that, from 2005 to 2015, surface melt off of these glaciers rose by 900 per cent — something they say is attributable to warming air temperatures in the region.

They have gone from shedding three gigatons of water annually to 30 gigatons — something that has serious consequences.