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.

What the Yak Herders of Northern Bhutan Are Saying About Global Warming

17 October 2018, by

Hardly a country in the world has contributed less atmospheric emissions than Bhutan. Yet its those populations, like Bhutan’s yak herders, which will suffer from climate change first, and most.

Video of the Week: Kok Boru (Goat Polo) at the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

26 September 2018, by

In this weeks video of the week check out the sport of Kok Boru at the World Nomad Games held in Kyrgyzstan.

Video of the Week: Plateau Perspectives

12 September 2018, by

For this week’s Video of the Week, learn about the important work that the Canadian non-profit Plateau Perspectives does for the glacierized mountain landscapes of the Himalayas and Central Asia.

North Cascades Festival Celebrates Community, Heritage

6 September 2018, by

A town in the North Cascades of Washington held its annual festival in August, celebrating its heritage with timber sports events and a duck race.

2010 Ladakh Floods on GlacierHub

War Against Natural Disasters: A Fight the Indian Military Can’t Win

1 August 2018, by

Ladakh is frequently exposed to floods and landslides when snow and glaciers melt. A recent paper warns of the current nature of a military-led disaster governance, including heavy military presence, in disaster risk reduction.

Potential Proglacial Lake Discovered on Drang Drung Glacier

25 July 2018, by

In the northwest reaches of the Himalayas, most glaciers are showing signs of rapid retreat due to climate change. One glacier already under threat, the Drang Drung, located in the Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir, is the focus of a recent study assessing its glacial recession and lake formations in the last 46 years.

Living & Dying on the Glaciers of Everest

13 June 2018, by

The formidable Mount Everest—the tallest mountain and home to a number of the world’s highest glaciers — has long been a source of wonder and the pinnacle test of human strength and capability. For many mountaineers, it’s their ultimate crown of accomplishment. And for others, it’s their ultimate grave.

Where Scientists Sleep: A History of Alpine Huts

30 May 2018, by

A recent study by architectural historians Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo explores how the design and construction of huts in the Western Alps in the late eighteenth through nineteenth century was a milestone in the scientific exploration of the Alps.

Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake (Source: Nigeria Circle News/ Twitter)

The End of the Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

9 May 2018, by

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the end of the Temporary Protection Status for Nepal. This affects over 9000 Nepalis who have relocated to the United States after the devastating earthquake in 2015.