Month / September 2017

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  • Photo Friday: The Glaciers of the Spanish Pyrenees

    Along the border between Spain and France lies the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Since the mid-1800’s a majority of all the glaciers in the area have been in a state of recession.

  • Women of the High Plateau: An Interview with Eleanor Moseman

    Eleanor Moseman is a photographer who works on women’s issues among ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans living in Western China. Her photographs relay the everyday struggles and triumphs of women in places that few journalists are able to access. Her portraits evoke stories of perseverance, courage, power and loss. Her work has appeared in PBS Newshour, The…

  • Thinking Like a Fish: Navigating Arctic Streamflow Change

    This story is Part II of a two-part series on the Tanana River Watershed. See Part I here. Long-term monitoring has consistently shown that winter flow levels in Interior Alaska rivers are rising. But why? Precipitation is not systematically increasing, and most source waters are frozen in winter. According to a new paper in Geophysical…

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Faces Oil Drilling Threat

    For the past 30 years, extensive conservation efforts have protected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas interests. Now, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) under the Trump administration has renewed a movement to open up the refuge to energy exploration. In a document obtained by the Washington Post on September 15, the…

  • Roundup: Lakes Grow, Fish Feed, Pruitt Seethes

    Marine-Terminating Glaciers a Boon for Fish From Global Change Biology: “Accelerated mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet leads to glacier retreat and an increasing input of glacial meltwater to the fjords and coastal waters around Greenland. These high latitude ecosystems are highly productive and sustain important fisheries, yet it remains uncertain how they will…

  • Photo Friday: Island Glaciers of the Canadian Arctic

    Outside of Greenland, a quarter of the Arctic’s ice lies in Canada, much of it covering the Queen Elizabeth Islands. A recent paper in Environmental Research Letters found that, during the decade between 2005 and 2015, surface melt from the ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands increased by a staggering 900 percent,…

  • Glacier Peaks as Symbols of Peace

    Glacier peaks stand high and visible above areas of dense human population. To many people, they appear calm and serene, and in this way offer a vision of peace. Today, on International Day of Peace, celebrate the glaciers with us, recognizing the place the environment holds in our shared humanity.              …

  • Lessons in Collaboration from the Tanana Watershed

    This story is Part I of a two-part series on the Tanana River Watershed. See Part II here. What do a St. Patty’s Day party and a sub-Arctic river have in common? An abundance of green dye, which acts as a festive element for the first and a scientific tool for the second. A group…

  • Town Evacuates After Part of Swiss Glacier Collapses

    On Saturday, September 9, part of the Trift glacier in the Swiss Alps broke off and crashed into a glacier below it. About 220 people of Saas-Grund, a small nearby ski town, evacuated the area as a precaution, said local police spokesman Simon Bumann. The collapsed piece measured approximately 500,000 cubic meters. Local authorities who had been…

  • Roundup: Bowdoin Glacier, Floods, and Bacterial Populations

    Speeding-up of the Bowdoin Glacier From People Publications: “Glaciers are subject to sudden ice flow speed-up events in response to rapid increase of meltwater in the subglacial hydrological network after a prolonged warm period or the drainage of a supraglacial lake…. lasting a few hours, a period too short to be captured by satellite remote…