Sensing the Divine: Frankenstein’s Creature and the Mer de Glace

27 December 2018, by

A paramount scene in “Frankenstein” is when Victor ascends Mont Blanc to assuage his melancholy spirit aside the Mer De Glace glacier. Victor believes “The sight of the awful and majestic in nature had indeed always the effect of solemnising my mind, and causing me to forget the passing cares of life.” Upon reaching the summit of Mont Blanc and carefully crossing the Mer De Glace, he further acknowledges, “My heart, which was before sorrowful, now swelled with something like joy.”

Photo Friday: Illustrators Remember COP24

21 December 2018, by

This Photo Friday, view several cartoons referencing COP24, or the 24th meeting of the “Conference of Parties,” brought together by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP24 recently took place in Katowice, Poland, from 2-14 December.

Epidemics and Population Decline in Greenland’s Inuit Community

20 December 2018, by

A recent study by Kirsten Hastrup in the journal Cross-Cultural Research looks at the history of health and environment of the Inuit people of Greenland’s Thule community, considered by some to be international leaders in climate change adaptation.

Down to Earth: A New Vocabulary for Climate Justice from Bruno Latour

19 December 2018, by

Bruno Latour wants us to “come down to earth,” to radically rethink how we orient ourselves in a world of climate change, migration, and social inequality. Latour’s book, “Down to Earth,” is a provocation. It invites its readers to assess their needs, wants and desires, and how these conflict with the needs, wants and desires of others.

A Glacial Escape: Connecting Past, Present & Future in the Novel “Antarctica”

11 December 2018, by

Through science we attempt to maintain an objective distance from the world’s glaciers, positing them as objects unconnected and detached from human experience. However, humans are the ones who give meaning and purpose to glacial environments.

Then and Now: Understanding John Muir’s Ideology

5 December 2018, by

A new article explores John Muir’s connection with the natural world while bringing the relevance of his philosophy into present time.

Journey Over Gobrin Glacier: Le Guin, Environmentalism and Science Fiction

27 November 2018, by

Two beings from different worlds rely on each other for safety and survival as they traverse one of science fiction’s most famous ice sheets: the Gobrin Glacier.

Tensions Among Early Glacier Researchers in Alaska

20 November 2018, by

A new study published in the journal Isis presents details of a decades-old conflict between early glacier researchers in Alaska, a conflict that remains relevant today. The controversy, known as the Miller–Beckey dispute, started at the Juneau Icefield in the late 1940s.

The Myth of Glacial Safety: From Fortitude to Svalbard

15 November 2018, by

In her new book, author Lauren LaFauci analyzes the perceived safety and stability of remote, glacierized locations of the northern Arctic.

Horn Signaling at a Medieval Icelandic Monastery

8 November 2018, by

A 16th century ceramic horn fragment was discovered in a former monastery site in Iceland. A recent study examines archaeological and written records to build an understanding of the origin and use of this instrument.

Photo Friday: Exhibiting The Icebergs

2 November 2018, by

This Photo Friday features “The Icebergs,” painted by Frederic Edwin Church in 1861, on permanent display at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Video of the Week: Arrowhead Discovered as Glacier Retreats

1 November 2018, by

A researcher walks along a retreating glacier and finds an ancient arrowhead. Watch the video.