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‘We can now add river piracy to the growing list of unexpected, dramatic and tragic consequences of human-caused climate change.’ Photograph: Dan Shugar/AFP/Getty Images. he Slims River in Northern Canada gained infamy, not for its fishing or pristine waters, but for vanishing in a matter of four days in May 2016. This week we learned that it fell victim to ‘river piracy’ – and climate change was almost certainly to blame. The river — which stretched up to 150 meters at its widest points and averaged depths around 3 meters — lost its water source to another nearby river during a period of intense melting affecting one of Canada’s largest glaciers. As a result, the Slims was reduced to a trickle in less than a week. Full story

21 April