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  • Glacier Melt Threatens Medicinal Plants in Pakistan

    Lack of access to health facilities is a massive problem facing developing countries. Zaheer Abbas et al. recently published a paper on the Karakoram Range in Northern Pakistan in which the communities have been relying on traditional methods for treating common physical ailments. Like many remote communities without access to modern health care, the Balti…

  • Precipitation Controls Retreat of Kerguelen’s Glaciers

    Islands in the Indian Ocean are not the first to come to mind when glacier retreat is mentioned. However, glaciers in the Kerguelen Islands, located at sub-polar latitudes in the southern hemisphere, have been experiencing widespread and rapid retreat in recent years. While rising temperatures are generally assumed to be the main cause of glacial…

  • Peru Faces Tensions Over Water

    Peru will face a “new normal” as greater agricultural and energy demands, population growth and climate change chip away at what is left of its glaciers, according to a recent article in the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Glacial retreat could ultimately lead to conflict in the country, the author found. “Peru offers an early…

  • Life on the Edge: The Science of Glaciers that Meet Oceans

    How important is glacier melt to sea level rise?

  • Roundup:The Melting World, Frozen Stories and Ice Artifacts

    Alpine glaciers have already begun to disappear worldwide “As world temperatures soar, public outcry has focused on the threat to polar ice sheets and sea ice. Yet there is another impact of global warming—one much closer to home—that spells trouble for Americans: the extinction of alpine glaciers in the Rocky Mountains. The epicenter of the…

  • Roundup: French Presidential Visit, Trek Itinerary, and Dangerous Glacial Lakes

    French president visits glacier to witness climate change “PARIS — The French president took a few steps on an Icelandic glacier Friday to experience firsthand the damage caused by global warming, ahead of major U.N. talks on climate change in Paris this year. Francois Hollande went to the shrinking Solheimajokull glacier, where the ice has…

  • Mines in Kyrgyzstan Exacerbate Glacier Advance

    Mines in Kyrgyzstan contribute to increased glacier advance, according to a new study from Durham University. Over 15 years, the Kumtor gold mine dumped debris in layers as much as 180 meters thick on parts of glaciers. For comparison, 180 meters is about twice the height from the base of the pedestal on which the Statue of Liberty sites…

  • Tracking Glaciers & Rivers in Bhutan

    Less than a decade back Bhutan transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a democracy. Although right to information was enshrined in their constitution, availing reports and info concerning glaciers, health of rivers and status of hydropower projects remains a challenge to this day. Most government reports are neither published, nor readily uploaded on to websites,…

  • Artist Diane Burko Ties Together Art and Science

    The nexus between art and science first featured in artist and photographer Diane Burko’s work in 2006. Since then, Burko has traveled around the world to capture monumental landscapes and features. She has spent time in Norway, Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula, documenting and bearing witness to the global disappearance of glaciers.  Burko agreed to…

  • Disappearing glacier in Mt. Erciyes, central Turkey. Credit: yuichi hayakawa, Flickr

    Roundup: Glacier dynamics, retreat in Turkey, and theological meaning

    Before and after: Glacier dynamics and the collapse of ice shelves in Antartica  “Following the disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, in 2002, regular surveillance of its ∼20 tributary glaciers has revealed a response which is varied and complex in both space and time. The major outlets have accelerated and thinned, smaller glaciers have shown…