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  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • A Report from COP23: Still In for What?

    Jessica O’Reilly, an anthropologist who works in Antarctica, reports from COP23 in Bonn. She emphasizes the importance of representatives of US states and cities, organized in the “We Are Still In” movement, showing the commitment of many Americans to combating climate change.

  • Roundup: Kyrgyzstan Protests, Alaskan Glacial Runoff, and Rap Music

    In this week’s roundup, we explore protests defending glaciers in Kyrgyzstan, a study about glacial runoff in Alaska, and rap artist Gucci Mane’s latest album called El Gato the Human Glacier.

  • What’s New with Ryan Zinke: Big Sky & the Arctic Refuge

    Since GlacierHub last covered the Secretary, Ryan Zinke now faces allegations of mixing political activities with official business while traveling outside of Washington, including Big Sky, Montana, home to unique rock glaciers.

  • Roundup: Glacier Shrinkage, Inventory and Reconstruction

    Glacier Shrinkage affecting water supply, glacier inventory in the Chilean Andes, and glacier reconstruction.

  • New Research Center Advances Glacier Agenda In Peru 

    A new agreement in Peru between a glacier research institute, INAIGEM, and a regional university, UNSAAC, was signed on August 7. It establishes a major new glacier research center in Cusco to serve southern Peru.

  • Roundup: Meltwater Buffering, Glacier National Park, and River Variability

    Glacial meltwater in the Pamir’s, shrinking glaciers in Glacier National Park, and interannual variability in river runoff in British Columbia in this week’s roundup.

  • Photo Friday: New Polynya in East Antarctica

    A new polynya has formed in the ice to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula. This ice is primarily sea ice, but also contains icebergs which have calved from the peripheral glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula.