By Amy Smart THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER- On a mountain high above the residents of Metro Vancouver, tucked inside a north-facing gully, the region’s last remaining glacier is vanishing fast. The Coquitlam Glacier has survived 4,000 to 5,000 years thanks to its sheltered location on the east side of the Coquitlam watershed. However, scientists say it’s among thousands across Canada that are shrinking more quickly than expected due to climate change, with consequences for everything from ecosystems and climate regulation to water supply and tourism. “It’s hanging in there, but it’s certainly wasting away quite quickly at this point,” said Peter Marshall, field hydrologist with Metro Vancouver’s water services. Marshall and his team have been measuring the glacier with laser and light technology, and he said the results are concerning.
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