Month / November 2017

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  • New Glaciological Center in Kazakhstan to Tackle Glacier Retreat in the Region

    In the following months, Kazakhstan will start the implementation of a Central Asian Regional Glaciological Center. The center was established after the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ratified an agreement last March between his country and the UNESCO.

  • Aerial view of the Totten Glacier breaking up due to melting (Source: Khan/Twitter)

    The Largest Glacier in East Antarctica is Starting to Melt

    The Totten Glacier, a region in East Antarctica is undergoing melting. This is proven to be caused by winds, indicating another mechanism for sea level rise.

  • A third of Asia’s glaciers could be gone by 2100

    Asia will likely lose at least one-third of its glaciers by the end of this century, according to a recent study published in Nature. Goals of the Paris Climate Accords won’t be enough to curtail this fate, with rising temperatures having an outsized effect on glaciers in the high mountains of Asia.

  • Roundup: A Melting Iceberg, Cryoconites, and Lichens

    In this week’s roundup, we explore how melting icebergs affect aquatic ecosystems, cryoconite bacterial communities on glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau, and lichen diversity on glacier moraines in Svalbard.

  • Photo Friday: The Alpine Photographer

    This Photo Friday view the Alps through the eyes of Fiona Bunn, a British and Swiss Alpine photographer who is committed to creating awareness of human impacts on glacier landscapes.

  • A Swiss Community Fights to Save their Glacier

    The local community of Pontresina, in the Swiss Alps, has commissioned a study due to concerns of losing their glacier. The study investigates the feasibility of slowing down the retreat of the Morteratsch glacier, a popular tourist and skiing destination, by artificially producing snow.

  • Melting Glaciers and the Animals that Follow

    Last week, GlacierHub reported on a study that followed the types of plants that colonize new areas exposed by glacier retreat. But what about the animals that colonize de-glaciated regions?

  • Protests over Weakening Glacier Protections in Central Asia

    Proposed changes to the National Water Code in Kyrgyzstan could weaken glacier protection significantly. This move would give mining companies greater freedom to destroy glaciers in order to access underlying ore. Protests by activists associated with environmental NGOs have slowed down the movement of these proposed changes, which have still not been signed into law.

  • Photo of Denali

    Comment Period Still Open on Proposed Fee Hikes at National Parks

    On October 24, the National Park Service announced a proposed increase in peak-season entry fees at 17 national parks, including at some parks with glaciers. In some cases the proposal could more than double the single vehicle entry fee from $30 to $70, creating obstacles for low and middle income visitors wanting to enjoy America’s natural splendor.

  • Roundup: Ice-cliff Instability, Buffers, and Glacial Retreat

    In this week’s roundup, learn about future Antarctic Ice-sheet retreat, glacial buffering power and how Asia’s glaciers will behave in a warmer world.