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  • Roundup: Meltwater, Ice Loss and Salmon

    Climate Trends of the Upper Indus Basin From Earth Systems Dynamics: “Largely depending on the meltwater from the Hindukush–Karakoram–Himalaya, withdrawals from the upper Indus Basin (UIB) contribute half of the surface water availability in Pakistan, indispensable for agricultural production systems, industrial and domestic use, and hydropower generation. Despite such importance, a comprehensive assessment of prevailing…

  • Photo Friday: Mingyong Glacier

    Mingyong Glacier’s recession has substantial environmental consequences for the remote Tibetan villages.

  • Glacier Researchers Gather at IPCC Meeting in Fiji

    Earlier this month, Fiji hosted a meeting of the lead authors for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere, including glacier researchers. This meeting was an opportunity for long days of work, and also for engagement with traditional festivities. Participants were impressed with the vulnerability of Fiji and the warmth of its people.

  • Villagers in Bhilangana Valley Satisfied with High Tourism Rates

    A new paper published in the South Asian Journal for Tourism and Heritage describes the positive impacts of tourism on the villages of the Bhilangana Valley, which is nested in a section of the Indian Himalayas popular with tourists.

  • 9,000 Years of History from the Køge Bugt

    The glaciers of southeast Greenland are not easy to research. You ride in on a small fishing boat, searching among the icebergs for the best place to stick a glorified straw into the mud. Which is just what a team of researchers did in 2011 to retrieve a sediment core that describes 9,000 years of…

  • Roundup: Venezuela, Peru, and the Storglaciären

    The Death of a Venezuela Glacier The Economist: “Venezuela is a tropical country, with rainforest in the south and east, and baking savannah stretching towards its northern Caribbean coast. The Sierra Nevada de Mérida mountain range in the north-west offers relief from the heat. In 1991 five glaciers occupied nooks near their peaks. Now, just…

  • Photo Friday: An Eruption at Sheveluch

    On October 10 at 11:30 p.m., an explosion rocked the Kamchatka Peninsula in northeast Russia, where it is reported that Sheveluch, an active, glacier-covered volcano, has erupted. There are a number of glacier-covered volcanos in the region, but the Sheveluch is one of the largest volcanic structures in the Kamchatka. A plume of ashes rose…

  • China and Nepal Collaborate on Glacier Research

    China and Nepal have developed a close collaboration in glacier research. By sampling data on the north (Chinese) and south (Nepali) sides of the Himalayas, scientists from both countries can trace the movement of black carbon and heavy metals from South Asia across the mountains into the Tibetan Plateau, a topic of importance for water resources and for human health.

  • A New Doctorate Program in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Sciences Launches in Chile 

    Mike Kaplan, a researcher from the Earth Observatory of Lamont Doherty at Columbia University, has studied glacial history for 16 years between Puerto Varas and Antarctica. He recently traveled to Chile on a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 to plan content related to climate change, ecosystem ecology, geosystems, and conservation at the University of Magallanes. The…

  • Calling for Global Climate Justice

    The current state of climate policy in Bolivia is one of caveats: activists have carved out a legal space for indigenous concepts such as “Mother Earth,” but state policies simultaneously encourage the expansion of agriculture further into the Amazon. In addition, CO2 emissions have reached an all-time peak, contributing to the melting of the Andean…