Month / April 2016

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  • Photo Friday: Images from ‘Sherpa’

    Pasang Sherpa, a member of the Sherpa community of Nepal, wrote a review of the new documentary Sherpa earlier this week for GlacierHub. She called it, “one of the best portrayals of the Sherpa story on the mountain I had seen.” Directed by Jennifer Peedom, the documentary tells the story of how the climbing industry has changed life for Sherpas, who attach spiritual…

  • Aromatic, Medicinal Plants Flourish in the Himalayas

    In the region of the Himalayas from Bhutan, Nepal, and India, many aromatic plants grow and comprise a part of local people’s lives as medicine and food. In their review paper “Himalayan Aromatic Medicinal Plants: A Review of their Ethnopharmacology, Volatile Phytochemistry, and Biological Activities” in the journal Medicines, Rakesh K. Joshi, Prabodh Satyal, and William…

  • Why Didn’t These Two Glacier Countries Sign the Paris Accord?

    Earth Day, April 22, marked a major step forward in global efforts to address climate change when 175 parties gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, the accord that had been adopted last December. The ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters marked the historical record for first-day signatures on an international agreement.  This…

  • Why Didn’t These Two Glacier Countries Sign the Paris Agreement?

    Earth Day, April 22, marked a major step forward in global efforts to address climate change when 175 parties gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, the accord that had been adopted last December. The ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters marked the historical record for first-day signatures on an international agreement.  This…

  • ‘Sherpa’ Soars as Documentary of Life on Everest

    In June of 2015, I watched Sherpa, a new Discovery Channel documentary, in my quiet living room in Seattle. I had never experienced anything like it before. Right afterwards, I felt that it was one of the best portrayals of the Sherpa story on the mountain I had seen. I thought that it captured the sentiment of…

  • Roundup: Fungus, Hydropower, and Microbes

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news.   Fungal Biodiversity in the Periglacial Soil of Dosdè Glacier From The Journal of Basic Microbiology: “Periglacial areas are one of the least studied habitats on Earth, especially in terms of their fungal communities. In this work, both molecular and culture-dependent methods have…

  • Photos: Glaciers from the National Snow & Ice Data Center

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), was founded in 1976 as an information hub with the main goal of providing support for research in the field of the frozen world, including glaciers, snow, ice, and frozen ground. The services of NSIDC involve scientific data management, data access tools, scientific research, and public education. The NSIDC scientists…

  • On Glaciers, Moss Become Asexual

    A recent study from the journal Czech Polar Reports presents interesting findings about a rarity on glaciers: moss. When glaciers have a certain amount of moisture and cryoconite—a base layer that consists of small rock particles, soot, and microbes that have accumulated on glaciers— sometimes mosses can grow on them. While it is not common…

  • Mining Company Shirks Blame for Glacier Damage in Kyrgyzstan

    The most controversial gold mining project in Central Asia is back in the spotlight again this month. Canadian mining company Centerra Gold has re-launched its public relations campaign in Kyrgyzstan to improve the company’s image over the status of glaciers at the Kumtor gold mine, one of the world’s biggest open-pit gold mines and a…

  • Rocks and Rain Fix Nitrogen in Post-Glacial Sites

    A new study in Plant and Soil found that the input of nitrogen from the atmosphere, via a process of rain funneling through rocks, created levels of nitrogen that are adequate to support plant growth in post-glacial alpine soil, challenging the common view that the element is the primary limiting factor in deglaciated areas. In…