Month / March 2015

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  • Pre-industrial Anthropocene Detected in Peru

    Humans may have begun to pollute the atmosphere earlier than we thought. So says recent research conducted at the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru, where scientists drilled into the ice to pull out cores, which they could read like ancient texts. Those cores show widespread traces of copper and lead starting in about A.D. 1540, which…

  • Roundup: Film on Eco-trek, Black Carbon in Andes, Alpine Stonefly

    Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of…

  • Photo Friday: Jotunheimen National Park

    The Jotunheimen National Park in Norway is one of the dream destinations for hikers in Europe. It is home to spectacular natural scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and valleys.

  • Science on Trial at Pascua Lama

    Chile’s environmental court ruled on Monday that the Pascua Lama gold mine is not responsible for damage done to three glaciers near the mine site. Some argue its a setback for Chilean science.

  • Glacial Outburst Floods in Greenland Discharge Mercury

    Mercury contamination has long been a threat to animal carnivores and human residents in the Arctic. Mercury exports from river basins to the ocean form a significant component of the Arctic mercury cycle, and are consequently of importance in understanding and addressing this contamination.  Jens Søndergaard of the Arctic Research Centre of Aarhus University, Denmark…

  • Glacier Meeting in Kathmandu

    Kathmandu, a Nepalese valley with a rich cultural and religious history, was the venue for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia early this month. From March 1 to 6, 240 scientists from 26 countries gathered there to further interdisciplinary understanding of the science of glaciers, snowpack, and permafrost in the high-mountain Asia region—the Himalayan,…

  • Roundup: Rock Avalanche, Melting Sound, Black Carbon

    Landslides on Glaciers “The chapter looks mainly at massive rock slope failures that generate high-speed, long- runout rock avalanches onto glaciers in high mountains, from subpolar through tropical latitudes. Drastic modifications of mountain landscapes and destructive impacts occur, and initiate other, longer-term hazards. Worst-case calamities are where mass flows continue into inhabited areas below the…

  • Photo Friday: Alpine Photography by Fi Bunn

    Fiona Bunn, a landscape photographer and alpinist, has been traveling to the Alps for over 25 years. Her alpine photography work has been frequently shared on social media, including The Alpine Club as well as Zermatt Tourism. Her work was recently included in an exhibition for a second time at The Brick Lane Gallery in the Shoreditch district…

  • Peruvian Demands Payment for Climate Change

    Peruvian farmer and mountaineering guide Saul Luciano Lliuya, and the town of Huaraz where he lives, long known as the “Switzerland of Peru,” may go down in climate-change history.

  • Mummified Bodies Discovered in Mountain Glacier

    A mummified frozen body resurfaced from a glacier on the Pico de Orizaba volcano, the highest mountain in Mexico, on February 28, 2015. A week later, Mexican officials stated that climbers found a second mummified body. Both bodies were covered by snow and glacier ice, and appeared to be decades old. Rescuers suspected that another…