New research links river piracy, glacier retreat and global warming

Posted on 04.20.2017

A paper just published in Nature Geoscience documents a case of river piracy in the Canadian Yukon that occurred in May 2016, and has rerouted the course of one river into another. Jim Best and colleagues report on how and why this piracy occurred, and on its cause due to glacier retreat as a result of global warming in the industrial era. The paper is highlighted on the University of Illinois LAS website. The article has attracted a lot of global press coverage, with over 100 news agencies picking up the story to date, including the Yale Environment 360New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, CBC and The Guardian.

Photos below by Jim Best.

glacier image

Panorama image