Roundup: Green Development, Glacier Reduction, and Psychiatry

Green Development in Patagonia

From Project Muse: “This paper examines how Southern Andean Patagonia has been increasingly incorporated within networks of global capital since the 1990s. This remote region has become an iconic center for green development in Latin America. The article develops the argument that a regional territorial imaginary has facilitated this recent shift towards green development across the resource domains of land conservation, hydropower, and forestry. The discussion addresses the different ways in which forests, waterways, and protected areas (public and private) have been integrated into a hegemonic vision promoting eco-regionalism among state, corporate, and civil society actors.”

Read more about Southern Andean Patagonia here.

The Pascua River in Chile is threatened by hydropower, which could disrupt the river’s flow
(Source: International Rivers/Creative Commons).

 

Glacier Reduction in Tibetan Plateau

From AGU Publications: “In this study, we focused on light-absorbing impurities (LAIs), including black carbon, organic carbon, and mineral dust in glacial surface snow from southeaster Tibetan glaciers. This study showed the concentrations of LAIs, and estimated their impact on albedo reduction. Furthermore, we discussed the potential source of impurities and their impact to the study area. These results provide scientific basis for regional mitigation efforts to reduce black carbon.”

Learn more about the light-absorbing impurities here.

The Himalayas, which separate the Indo-Gangetic Plain from the Tibetan Plateau (Source: Manfred Sommer/Creative Commons).

 

Combat Psychiatry of Indian Armed Forces

From Science Direct: “Indian Armed Forces have been engaged in various combat duties for long. The adverse effect of prolonged and repetitive deployment of troops in these highly stressful environment leads to many combat stress behaviors as well as misconduct behaviors. Preventing, identifying and managing these disruptive behaviors are an essential part of combat psychiatry within the larger domain of combat medicine. Indian Armed Forces have a well-oiled mechanism to handle these issues and military psychiatrists are deeply engaged in providing holistic mental health care to the esteemed clientele.” The article mentions the Siachen Glacier (where India and Pakistan meet) as one of the sites in the study.

Learn more about the hardships faced by the Indian Armed Forces here.

Indian Soldiers guarding the Siachen Glacier (Source: Pratibha Sauparna/Pinterest).
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