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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photo Friday: The Canvas of Phillip Baumgart

    Come check out the work of photographer-extraordinaire, Phillip Baumgart.

  • Roundup: Glacier Lakes, Narwhals, and Water Stress

    Roundup: Glacier Lakes, Narwhals and Water Stress in Kyrgyzstan

  • Uranium Tailings Pose Environmental Risk In Kyrgyzstan

    A version of this article was published in The Diplomat on December 13, 2016. The remote town of Mailuu Suu in South Kyrgyzstan is known for a Soviet legacy that still haunts the local population of more than 22,000. Residents of Mailuu Suu commonly say that the very first Soviet atomic bomb was made out…

  • Photo Friday: Upper Naryn River Valley, Kyrgyzstan

    Last fall, I traveled in the upper Naryn River valley in Kyrgyzstan, taking part in a field trip organized by the University of Central Asia’s Mountain Society Research Institute. This organization put me in touch with a local researcher, Samat Kalmuratov, who accompanied me on visits to villages and nature reserves, serving as guide and interpreter. The Naryn…

  • Recent Steps at the Mountain Societies Research Institute

    Participants at a meeting held in Kyrgyzstan on 29-30 October 2016 reviewed recent developments of the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI), a unit of the University of Central Asia (UCA). They discussed MSRI’s future directions, focusing on research, education and development programs. The participants included the five members of the MSRI Working Group that provides…

  • 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…

  • Why Didn’t These Two Glacier Countries Sign the Paris Accord?

    Earth Day, April 22, marked a major step forward in global efforts to address climate change when 175 parties gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, the accord that had been adopted last December. The ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters marked the historical record for first-day signatures on an international agreement.  This…

  • Why Didn’t These Two Glacier Countries Sign the Paris Agreement?

    Earth Day, April 22, marked a major step forward in global efforts to address climate change when 175 parties gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, the accord that had been adopted last December. The ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters marked the historical record for first-day signatures on an international agreement.  This…