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 […]