Video of the Week: Icefall at Alaska’s Portage Glacier

20 May 2020, by

In this week’s Video of the Week, a spectacular calving event at Alaska’s Portage Glacier creates dangerous waves beneath the iced-over glacial lake, threatening hikers with sub-ice waves that ripple and buckle the surface.

A Minority of Peruvian Mountain Farmers Benefit From Government Pandemic Programs

14 May 2020, by

The Peruvian government declared the sale of flowers and ornamental plants to be “essential” to the nation, but longstanding barriers limit retail to formal enterprises, shutting out an estimated 70% of the country’s growers. Farmers in the highlands of Peru are among the most impacted.

Video of the Week: Quechua Artist Raps in Mountain Landscape

6 May 2020, by

Bouncing Latin trap beats mix with the whistling sound of the quena, a Peruvian wind instrument of the Andes, in rapper-singer Renata Flores’ latest music video “Qam hina,” released this past fall.

Fogo Island’s Icebergs

28 April 2020, by

Bonnie McCay was on her brief annual stay at her Newfoundland home in early March when coronavirus shut the world down. After spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, the sea ice melted and it wasn’t long before icebergs began showing up off Fogo Island.

Roundup: Glacier Regions Coronavirus Update From Ecuador, Pakistani Karakoram, the Caucasus, and the US

27 April 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, food security issues crop up in Pakistani Karakoram as workers return, while the frustration of farmers mounts in Ecuador and Georgia. Ramazan began last week, presenting a new challenge for countries with significant Muslim populations tempted to gather.

Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Center of Mounting Controversy

23 April 2020, by

Tensions are brewing over the management and preservation of the Dolomites, a mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Italy. Mountain Wilderness, a non-profit, exposing the difficulties of maintaining a tourism-dominated economy in a region pressured to preserve its natural environment.

Roundup: Glacier Regions Coronavirus Update From Italy, Ecuador, and Pakistan

20 April 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a stirring journal entry from an editor of a media outlet in the Italian Alps, a series of tweets from Ecuador show the difficulty of aid distribution and burial of the dead, and in Pakistan glacier communities are praised for their social distancing while testing is disproportionate across the nation.

Video of the Week: Nepali Celebrities Take Part in Coronavirus Song

15 April 2020, by

A COVID-19 song performed by Nepali A-list entertainers was published in March of this year. The song warns about the novel coronavirus and describes actions to reduce the spread.

Roundup: Covid-19 Reports From Glacier Regions

13 April 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a five month-old girl in Pakistan beats the disease, unconventional ‘stay home’ order enforcement tactics in Nepal, aid provided by Indigenous communities in Ecuador, how an aprés-ski town in Italy fueled the spread in Europe, anecdotes from the Italian Alps, and a new food fund in Washington State.

Photo Friday: Coronavirus Shutdown Brings Clean Air, Clear Mountain Views

10 April 2020, by

Stay home orders worldwide have slowed the thrum of human activity. Water is clearer, air is cleaner, and even seismic activity is more detectable. Some glacier communities are seeing their mountains through visibility not experienced in decades.

Photo Friday: Chilean Volcanoes at Yellow Alert

3 April 2020, by

A couple of glacier-covered volcanoes in Chile, Nevados de Chillán and Villarrica are at yellow alert. The two volcanoes pose imminent threats to the communities living in their shadows.

Video of the week: Quechua Musicians Urge Coronavirus Precaution Through Traditional Song

1 April 2020, by

This video is filmed in the Callejon de Huaylas, located at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca in the north central highlands of Peru, and features a song about coronavirus that is performed in the region’s native Quechua language. The song emphasizes instructions for people to wash their hands and not to ignore advice with “the ears of a pig.”