Finger Lakes Residents Connect With the Region’s Glacial Past

8 August 2019, by

Glaciers have left a lasting mark on Ithaca, New York, a city whose residents take great pride in the region’s picturesque gorges.

New Mountain Bike Trails Highlight Long Island’s Glacier Remnants

18 July 2019, by

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.

Ecuador Prepares for Eruption of Glacier-Covered Volcano

20 June 2019, by

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.

Drying Peatlands in the Bolivian Andes Threaten Indigenous Pastoral Communities

18 April 2019, by

Declining water availability in the Andes inhibits the productiving of the bofedales, which indigenous, pastoral communities rely upon for grazing their llamas and alpacas.

Trump’s Interior Pick Wants to Heighten California Dam

9 April 2019, by

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 Cashmere Goats Graze a Precarious Steppe

20 March 2019, by

Mongolia’s grasslands are being degraded by climate change and heavy goat populations, driven by global cashmere demand.

Video of the Week: Preserving Sheepherding and Tradition Among Nepal’s Tamang Community

6 March 2019, by

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.

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.

Video of the Week: Reviving the Quechuan Language

19 December 2018, by

Quechua is the native language of the Andes. Colonization nearly erased the oral tradition, but one Quechuan woman is on a mission to preserve her language through literacy.

Qoyllur Rit’i: Changing Tradition Due to Glacial Melt

29 November 2018, by

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.

The Future Disappearance of Quelccaya Ice Cap

22 November 2018, by

Quelccaya ice cap, the world’s largest tropical ice cap, may soon cease to exist. At the current rate of warming, researchers estimate a complete disappearance by mid-century.

Native Americans Call to Change Names of Yellowstone Sites

24 October 2018, by

An organization of tribal leaders representing Indian Nations in the Dakotas and Nebraska has called for a name change of Yellowstone National Park’s Mt. Doane and Hayden Valley.