This Week’s Roundup:
Blue lakes on an East Antarctic glacier are a troubling sign, scientists say
From Yahoo News:
“British researchers have discovered a troubling trend in East Antarctica: As air temperatures become warmer each summer, more and deeper lakes are showing up atop Langhovde Glacier.
Their study, published this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to monitor the meltwater pools for an extended period of time in that part of the icy continent.”
Click here to learn more about this troubling trend.
Yak dung is helping melt Tibetan glaciers
“Scientists had long assumed that India and China—two of the world’s leading sources of black carbon pollution—were responsible for what fell on the glaciers in Tibet and the Himalayas[….] Instead, he found that a lot of the black carbon is local. While power plants in China and fires in India do contribute black carbon, in the remote interior of the Tibetan Plateau it appears to come mostly from burning yak dung and other immediate sources.”
Click here to read more about the small but mighty power of yak dung.
Pakistan expands glacier monitoring in effort to cut disaster risk
“Pakistan will invest $8.5 million to expand a network of glacier monitoring stations tracking the pace of glacial melt in the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges, in an effort to strengthen early warning systems and reduce the impact of flooding in the South Asian country.”
Click here to learn more about Pakistan’s new glacial monitoring research program.