Indigenous Communities and The Mountain Institute Awarded St Andrews Prize for the Environment

22 May 2018, by

The 2018 St Andrews Prize for the Environment was awarded on April 26 to The Mountain Institute, Peru and indigenous communities for efforts to help mountain communities adapt to the loss of glaciers.

Photo of the draining of a glacial lake

The Glacier Law Conundrum: Protecting Glaciers or Limiting Hazard Response and Adaptation?

5 April 2018, by

Glacier protection laws have been developed to protect glacial environments from commercial activities such as mining. However, they also pose a potential conflict with the mitigation of glacial hazards and adaptation to climate change.

A Settlement in the Taklamakan Desert in Southern Xinjiang (Source: Kasidah/Pinterest)

Melting Glaciers Create Uncertain Future for Xinjiang

28 March 2018, by

Xinjiang is an arid region in China with droughts posing a key problem to future sustainability. With meltwater as a major water source, new research shows that glaciers in the region are responding differently to climate change.

Inequality, Climate Change and Vulnerability in Peru

13 March 2018, by

A recent study of the vulnerability of small-scale farmers in Ancash, Peru, suggests that climate change is just one of several factors placing pressure on farmers. Instead, a collection of socio-political and economic factors are the main cause of vulnerability.

Vulnerability of Mountain Societies in Central Asia

18 January 2018, by

A new study investigates the adaptive capacities of mountain societies in Central Asia to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and help them better cope with weather extremes. The vulnerability of mountain societies in the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains is impacted by their often remote locations, outdated infrastructure, and poor access. The need is high to develop effective strategies and adaptation measures to mitigate the severe impacts of climate change.

Increased Discharge in the Tianshan Glacierized Watersheds

17 January 2018, by

In the arid and semi-arid regions of Central Asia, including western China, the glaciers of the Tianshan Mountains are an important water source for the inhabitants of the area. But accelerated glacier retreat is an unfortunate product of the changing climate, and the Tianshan glaciers are no exception.

Local Communities Support Reforestation in the Peruvian Andes

11 January 2018, by

Human activities have drastically reduced the natural habitats of Polylepis, a rare genus of tree species that dominates the high altitude forests of the Andes and can grow from an elevation of 3000 meters close to the glacier line, at approximately 5000 meters above sea level. A recent analysis by Beatriz Fuentealba and Steven Sevillano of reforestation efforts centered on Polylepis in Ancash, Peru, has highlighted the importance of local communities for the successful implementation of these activities.

These Indigenous Communities are Models for How to Adapt to Climate Change

10 January 2018, by

When the poisoned river ran red with heavy metals, people from nearby communities didn’t believe at first that climate change was to blame. In remote mountain villages around the Rio Negro, adaptation efforts took a curious and innovative form.

Alaska Governor Issues Order on Climate Change Strategy

9 January 2018, by

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has issued an order on climate change strategy, with the intention to create a flexible and long-lasting framework for Alaskans to build a strategic response to climate change. Walker has also appointed members of a climate action leadership team to design the strategy and work on mitigation, research and investigate ways to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Glacier Retreat Impacts the Winter Olympics

3 January 2018, by

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea are quickly approaching. How have melting glaciers impacted the beloved Games, and how are Olympic officials and athletes responding to it?

As Alaska Glaciers Shrink, Salmon Populations May Also Decline

28 December 2017, by

A new study investigates the future impacts of climate change on healthy salmon populations in the Alaska region through a case study based on the Kenai river and the Chinook salmon. This topic is of great importance for the fishing communities: indigenous, sport and commercial fishers in the area.

Using Film to Reduce Risk on Volcanoes

1 June 2017, by

For people to cope with environmental hazards, they need to understand threats – a key step that can lead to behavior change. A recent paper by Anna Hicks et al., published in the International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction, describes the importance of communicating glacier hazards and other risks. The authors made videos and then assessed […]