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  • Roundup: Green Development, Glacier Reduction, and Psychiatry

    Green Development in Patagonia From Project Muse: “This paper examines how Southern Andean Patagonia has been increasingly incorporated within networks of global capital since the 1990s. This remote region has become an iconic center for green development in Latin America. The article develops the argument that a regional territorial imaginary has facilitated this recent shift towards…

  • Asia’s High Glaciers Protect Communities from Drought

    A recent study in Nature by Hamish Pritchard, a glaciologist at Cambridge University and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey, shows that the high mountains of Asia, including the Himalayas, among other ranges, are being greatly affected by global warming. Global glacial volume is beginning to shrink, making it an international concern. Pritchard presents data that shows how much the glacier meltwater contributes to different regions within Asia during drought. If temperatures continue to rise, the surrounding areas will lose their protection from droughts and a constant source of water for food, agriculture and survival.

  • Roundup: Brown Haze, A Glacier Song, and Adventure Sixty North

    Roundup: A Video, A Glacier Song and Pollution Glacier Retreat from Rick Brown’s Perspective From Vimeo: In the video “Glacier Exit” by Raphael Rogers, Rick Brown, owner of Adventure Sixty North, takes viewers on a glacier ice hike. Rick has been guiding tours in Seward, Alaska, since the early 1990s. On this particular tour, Rick…

  • Elderly Wisdom and Youth Action in Ladakh

    People of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent live in one of the highest locations in the world, the Ladakh region of northwestern India. Ladakh extends over 45,000 square miles and includes the Ladakh mountain range, which is part of the glaciated Karakoram Range of south-central Asia. Many in the Ladakh region are Buddhist and believe in good moral…

  • Roundup: Chemistry, Dams and Elevations

    Roundup: Meltwater Chemistry, Hydroelectric Dams and Glacier Elevation   Diurnal Changes in the Chemistry of Glacier Meltwater From Chemosphere: “An evaluation of glacial meltwater chemistry is needed under recent dramatic glacier melting when water resources might be significantly impacted. This study investigated trace elements variation in the meltwater stream, and its related aquatic environmental information, at…

  • Photo Friday: Pakistan’s Mountain Region

    With a diverse landscape, northern Pakistan is home to some of the Earth’s highest peaks. The high altitude combined with the Asian monsoon have historically provided glaciers in the region with the necessary conditions to thrive, according to National Environment Agency. Despite their intimidating nature, the Himalayas have an extensive amount of biodiversity. “Climates range…

  • Roundup: Everest, Subglacial Microbiomes, and Tidewater Glaciers

    Roundup: Everest, Anaerobes & Fjords   China Tries to Conquer Everest From Bloomberg: “Earlier this year, China opened a new paved road that winds 14,000 feet up the slope [of Mount Everest] and stops at the base camp parking lot. Plans are in the works to build an international mountaineering center, complete with hotels, restaurants,…

  • Photo Friday: Endangered Species of the Melting Himalayas

    The Himalayas, located between the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan Plateau, is among the world’s best known mountain ranges, but the region is rapidly melting as a result of climate change. This has life-threatening consequences for the diverse wildlife and people who call the mountains home. Animals native to the Himalaya range include the critically…

  • High Altitude Plants Discovered in the Himalayas

    Melting glaciers in the Himalayas have exposed land underneath, allowing new forms of life to migrate to deglaciated landscapes. Recently, these glacial changes have led to the discovery of the world’s highest altitude vascular plants, made possible by the early colonization of microbes in the space left by retreating glacier ice, according to a recent…

  • Roundup: River Outlets, Plant Habitats, and Village Partners

    Roundup: Canadian River Vanishes, Plants in the Himalayas and Pakistan’s Villages Glacier retreat in Canada causes Yukon river to vanish. From CBCNews: “It’s been the main source of water into Yukon’s Kluane Lake for centuries, but now the Slims River has suddenly slimmed down — to nothing. ‘What folks have noticed this spring is that…