Scientists say glaciers in the Southern Alps actually gained more ice than they lost in the past year. That may not be difficult to believe, given the current blast of chilly weather, but comes in the face of many climatologists’ prediction of global warming. Glaciers have been in decline since 1997 but that retreat has now stopped. NIWA puts the increase down to increased snowfalls and lower average temperatures for the six months from September to February. The organisation’s Dr Jim Salinger told Newstalk ZB’s Larry Williams it would take several years to establish what was happening before it would be possible to say if a trend was appearing. He says New Zealand glaciers are unique because they start at such a high altitude and have huge amounts of precipitation feeding them.