Americans laud their pristine national parks and visit them in droves. But those places were once home to thousands of indigenous people who were brutally dispossessed of their land. Glacier parks are among those with a dark past.
Glaciers have left a lasting mark on Ithaca, New York, a city whose residents take great pride in the region’s picturesque gorges.
Glaciers shaped the Greater New York landscape, then industry exploited the glacial depositions to build New York City. Now a local non-profit is reclaiming the spoiled land for the community and honoring glaciers in the process.
Volcanic eruptions are difficult to prepare for. Signs of activity on Cotopaxi, a glacier-covered volcano in Ecuador, and other nearby volcanoes, though, have prompted authorities to develop plans for protecting nearby residents.
Declining water availability in the Andes inhibits the productiving of the bofedales, which indigenous, pastoral communities rely upon for grazing their llamas and alpacas.
David Bernhardt is a former lobbyist for an irrigation district that would benefit from increasing the capacity of the state’s largest reservoir, which is fed by glacier meltwater.
Mongolia’s grasslands are being degraded by climate change and heavy goat populations, driven by global cashmere demand.
Manchhiring Tamang’s documentary “A Day in the Life of a Himalayan Shepherd” beautifully captures the vast Himalayan landscape and sheepherding practices of the Tamang community in the Dhading district of central Nepal.
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.
Each year, during the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice, thousands of pilgrims gather from Peru and Bolivia to celebrate Qoyllur Rit’i. As the Qollqepunku glacier retreats, specific traditions of Qoyllur Rit’i are changing.