Roundup: Clean Climbing, Subglacial Discharges, and Nepali Youth

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

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Denali NPS Encourages ‘Clean Climbing’

From the National Park Service: “A decade of scientific research has produced conclusive results – human waste left behind by climbers is polluting the streams and rivers that flow out of the Kahiltna Glacier. Our ultimate goal is to require 100% removal of all human waste from Denali, and we will continually strive to develop practical, working solutions to achieve this goal. We will be learning from your participation how to best to manage this next phase of ‘Clean Climbing’ on Denali.”

You can read more about how the Park Service is encouraging these practices here.

Climbers who remove all of their own waste will receive this flag from the Park Service as a reward (source: National Park Service).

 

A Forager’s Paradise for Seabirds

From Scientific Reports: “We found that tidewater glacier bays were important foraging areas for surface feeding seabirds, kittiwakes in particular. Such sites, rich in easily available food and situated in the fjord close to colonies, are used as supplementary/contingency feeding grounds by seabirds that otherwise forage outside the fjord. For kittiwakes these areas are of great significance, at least temporarily. Such an opportunity for emergency feeding close to the colony when weather conditions beyond the fjord are bad may increase the breeding success of birds and buffer the adverse consequences of climatic and oceanographic changes.”

Find out more about why these areas are so abundant here.

Researchers mapped the foraging hotspots of Kittiwake seabirds (source: Scientific Reports).

 

Nepali Youth Appeal to Trump

From The Himalayan Times: “Nepali Youth and Mountain Community Dwellers have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to take back his decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. An appeal letter was submitted to the U.S. embassy here on Monday by Nepali youth representing people living in the foothills of the Himalayan peaks, including the tallest Mount Everest.  The letter was handed over to deputy political and economic chief of the U.S. embassy Stephanie Reed.”

Read more about why Nepalese people are so concerned over Trump’s decision here.

President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr).

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