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  • Glacier Countries Condemn Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

    Countries around the world were quick to condemn Donald Trump when he announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Unsurprisingly, small countries with glaciers, with their direct experience of climate change, have joined this round of condemnation. However, the details varied from country to country. And relatively few voices in these…

  • Cracks in the Paris Agreement

    Major cracks have appeared in recent months in Petermann Glacier in Greenland and the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. These cracks are advancing and will soon release enormous icebergs into the ocean, one the size of the state of Delaware. They will allow ice from the interior of Greenland and Antarctica to flow into the…

  • Editorial: Viewing the Election from the Summits of Glaciers

    The weather was sunny on Election Day in western Washington, with widely scattered clouds or entirely clear skies.  As residents made their way to polling places, many had views of the state’s mountain peaks. Yes! pic.twitter.com/wDZNAlRL08 — Is the Mountain Out? (@IsMtRainierOut) November 8, 2016 The  results that came in late that night showed that…

  • Photo Friday: The Glaciers of Antarctica

    Antarctica, the world’s southernmost continent, is a hostile realm of ice and snow, fictionalized in our popular culture by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and further romanticized by real-world scientific explorers eager to lay claim to the region. Humans who venture to the southernmost pole do so by way of the Antarctic Peninsula, where they…

  • High Altitude Himalayan Heroes Denied Summit Certificates

    Sherpas who successfully climbed Mount Everest were denied summit certificates by the Nepalese Government following the 2015-2016 alpine season.

  • Photo Friday: New Images of Mount Rainier

    Mount Rainier may be the glacier-covered peak most frequently shown in images on GlacierHub. Yet we never tire of it. Other people also seem to feel an enthusiasm for this extraordinary mountain, since they make their photographs publicly available. Here are some selections that have struck us. Taken from the air, from the sea and from…

  • An All-Woman Climbing Team in the Andes

    Mujer Montaña—“Woman Mountain” in Spanish—participated in a recent project of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), in which women climbers from Latin America and Europe carried out ascents of peaks in two mountain ranges in the Bolivian Andes. They established mountaineering records, achieving first all-female ascents and opening new routes. They met another goal as…

  • Photo Friday: World Nomad Games Held in Kyrgyzstan

    The World Nomad Games, held in Kyrgyzstan on September 3-8, drew participants from 40 countries, most of them from former Soviet Union. Competitions were held in over 20 different sports, including archery  and javelin throwing, horse racing and several kinds of wrestling (some between individuals who stand in a ring, another between mounted riders).  A sort of polo played with…

  • Roundup: Ice Filing, Seas Falling, Rivers Flooding

    This Week’s Roundup: Glaciers are being collected in Antarctica, “quietly transforming the Earth’s surface” and causing floods A team of scientists, aware of the need to obtain ice cores from threatened glaciers, are working to create a glacier archive bank in Antarctica From CNRS News:  “By capturing various components of the atmosphere, ice constitutes an invaluable…

  • Roundup: Old Tibetan drawings, new photos from land and sea

    This Week’s Roundup: A monk’s drawings and photos from land and sea Drawings from the 1850s provide detail on Tibetan history and culture From British Library blogs: “The drawings in the British Library’s Wise Collection probably form the most comprehensive set of large-scale visual representations of mid-nineteenth century Tibet and the Western Himalayan kingdoms of Ladakh…