Could Temperate Rainforests Survive Global Warming?

15 April 2015, by

Nowadays, most of Europe’s temperate rainforests and the coast redwoods are disappearing as a result of over-harvesting. However, temperate rain-forests in Tongass and Great Bear (British Columbia) remain relatively intact. The Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest (PCTR) ecosystem stretches 4000 kilometers along coasts from northern California through Oregon, Washington and British Columbia to Alaska. Known for […]

Ice Merchant Tradition Melts Away with the Glaciers

9 April 2015, by

On the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador, it’s just Baltazar Uscha and the ice. For more than 50 years Baltazar has made his way up the mountain twice a week to chip ice from the glaciers of the closest place on Earth to the sun. “The natural ice from Chimborazo is the best,” Baltazar told […]

Heart Shaped Opening of the Pure Imagination Cave Mt. Hood OR

Ice Cave Collapses On Mt. Hood

7 April 2015, by

In the warmest winter on record the roof of a highly popular ice cave on Mt. Hood, Oregon fell in. The Snow Dragon ice cave at the bottom of the Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood was first publicly documented in 2011 by Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya– we covered their experience documenting the Sandy Glacier last October. […]

Sirens Warn Chilean Town of Impending Volcanic Eruption

5 April 2015, by

Siren blasts created great concern in the southern Chilean town of Pucón on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. The residents feared that a second eruption of Mount Villarrica, a large glacier-covered volcano close to the town, would occur at any moment. The dramatic lava flows and enormous ash clouds from the first eruption on March […]

Roundup: Film on Eco-trek, Black Carbon in Andes, Alpine Stonefly

30 March 2015, by

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of […]

Science on Trial at Pascua Lama

26 March 2015, by

Chile’s environmental court ruled on Monday that the Pascua Lama gold mine is not responsible for damage done to three glaciers near the mine site. Some argue its a setback for Chilean science.

Glacial Outburst Floods in Greenland Discharge Mercury

25 March 2015, by

Mercury contamination has long been a threat to animal carnivores and human residents in the Arctic. Mercury exports from river basins to the ocean form a significant component of the Arctic mercury cycle, and are consequently of importance in understanding and addressing this contamination.  Jens Søndergaard of the Arctic Research Centre of Aarhus University, Denmark […]

Glacier Meeting in Kathmandu

24 March 2015, by

Kathmandu, a Nepalese valley with a rich cultural and religious history, was the venue for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia early this month. From March 1 to 6, 240 scientists from 26 countries gathered there to further interdisciplinary understanding of the science of glaciers, snowpack, and permafrost in the high-mountain Asia region—the Himalayan, […]

Peruvian Demands Payment for Climate Change

19 March 2015, by

Peruvian farmer and mountaineering guide Saul Luciano Lliuya, and the town of Huaraz where he lives, long known as the “Switzerland of Peru,” may go down in climate-change history.

Photo Friday: Salvatore Vitale

13 March 2015, by

Salvatore Vitale is an independent photographer from Switzerland who says he focuses on ” . . . the relationship between man’s identity and the influence he has on the construction of the space around him and vice versa.” Key entities within this space are the Swiss glaciers which Vitale has photographed in an ongoing project, titled “Topography of […]

Will Chile Get Its Five-Star Glacier Law?

12 March 2015, by

Chilean authorities and legislators agreed last week to a new framework for a law to protect thousands of melting glaciers in the towering Andes. The new proposal would safeguard glaciers inside of Chile’s national parks, but it’s not clear what protections would be offered to those glaciers that lie near some of the country’s major […]

Mapping South Asia’s Glaciers

5 March 2015, by

Recent research has provided valuable information on glacier processes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) mountains of South Asia, a region often called the “Third Pole” because it contains the largest area of ice outside the Arctic and Antarctic. Glacier retreat in this region has attracted considerable scientific and media attention. The 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel […]