Photo Friday: Highland communities in Ancash, Peru

15 August 2014, by

Anthropologist Kate Dunbar wrote her dissertation on highland communities in Peru’s Ancash region. The glaciers in this area are important sources of drinking and irrigation water for these villages as well as myriad downstream users. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the […]

Driving the world’s “highest road” as the glaciers vanish

13 August 2014, by

When Showkat Ali began driving buses in the 1980s on the Northern India’s Khardung-la, the world’s reputed highest motorable road, the Khardung glacier was immense and represented a daunting obstacle for vehicle transport. One day, he saw the vehicles in front and behind him vanish in a sudden tide of snow while his bus was […]

Photo Friday: Life on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

1 August 2014, by

Photographer Dietmar Temps traveled to Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit in 2009, which winds its way through the range in the Himalayas in the north-central section of the country. The entire trek takes nearly three weeks to complete. See more of Temps’ pictures in his Flickr gallery. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. […]

Photo Friday: Life as a Chilean cowboy in the Andes

25 July 2014, by

Photographer Peter Haden traveled to Chile in 2007 and shot a photo essay of Leo, a huaso who lives in the Andes. For more photos, visit Haden’s Flickr page. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, not all glacier lakes are monitored equally

24 July 2014, by

As the temperature rises and glacial lakes grow, the Kyrgyzstan government is monitoring some glaciers while neglecting others. Kyrgyzstani officials are closely studying the 18 growing glacial lakes on the Adygene Glacier to predict glacial hazards. Since these glacial lakes are located above Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, glacial lake outburst floods could potentially flood the valley, […]

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In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

15 July 2014, by

Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct […]

New book measures changes in China’s glaciers

14 July 2014, by

In far northwestern China, in the province of Xinjiang, the Altai, Pamir, Kunlun, and Karakorum mountain ranges rise massively out of the earth, creating peaks that rival their famous neighbor to the south, the Himalayas. The mountains are home to some 18,000 glaciers, which have sustained the famous steppe nomadic hordes of antiquity with their […]

Melting ice threatens to also disappear a small Nepal village

25 June 2014, by

I was growing impatient waiting for the village of Samzong to appear. After spending hours on horseback climbing over several mountain passes at 12,000 feet, my friend then pointed it out to me. I still could not find it. When I looked forward more carefully, I realized that Samzong had been in front of my […]

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In a small area of Nepal, it’s China that steps in to give aid

25 June 2014, by

Encroaching on its neighbor, China has been building roads and providing grain to Nepal. As most, if not all, Nepalese glaciers studied by scientists are shrinking, traditional ways of subsistence living has become increasingly difficult. With warming, lower snowfall and unpredictable weather patterns, the streams of glacial meltwater that supplies several Himalayan villages have disappeared. […]

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As the ice melts, communities ask: Should I stay or should I go now?

25 June 2014, by

As the global temperature increases, vulnerable communities seem to be faced with a choice: adapt or collapse. Migration is frequently proposed as an adaptation strategy, or in some cases, as an unavoidable outcome for communities lacking the capacity to change. Some researchers, however, have criticized this perspective, saying that it reflects an environmental determinism that […]

At the Foot the Rockies, Tribes Make Tough Decisions

27 February 2014, by

In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains live the Native American Blackfoot tribes. Facing high unemployment, the tribe opened up their lands to oil and gas production to boast the local economy. The number of wells has grown since the fracking boom on the Great Plains, leading to concerns about this ecologically and culturally important […]

Climate Refugees of Nepal Himalayas

15 February 2014, by

The ancient village of Samzong located inside Mustang district in northwestern Nepal Himalayas, is facing disappearance as acute water shortage for irrigation and livestock in the area is forcing the villagers to consider a future elsewhere. Samzong had once been the main port connecting the northern Tibetan civilization and the southern Indic neighbors. Cultural records […]