Villagers Make Glacier Tourism Sustainable in Iceland

31 January 2018, by

Across the world, glacier tourism has become increasingly popular. But how can the sustainability of this tourism be assured in years to come? A recent study from a team of Icelandic scientists argues for the value of incorporating perspectives from local communities in developing sustainable tourism.

View of the Marusudar River in Kashmir

Stop the Dam(ned) Project: Outrage over the Bursar Hydroelectric Project

24 January 2018, by

The Indian government has approved the construction of a dam for hydropower on the Marusudar River without site visits required by Indian environmental law. This has sparked public concern over impacts on biodiversity and the 18 villages which will be flooded.

Vulnerability of Mountain Societies in Central Asia

18 January 2018, by

A new study investigates the adaptive capacities of mountain societies in Central Asia to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and help them better cope with weather extremes. The vulnerability of mountain societies in the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains is impacted by their often remote locations, outdated infrastructure, and poor access. The need is high to develop effective strategies and adaptation measures to mitigate the severe impacts of climate change.

Local Communities Support Reforestation in the Peruvian Andes

11 January 2018, by

Human activities have drastically reduced the natural habitats of Polylepis, a rare genus of tree species that dominates the high altitude forests of the Andes and can grow from an elevation of 3000 meters close to the glacier line, at approximately 5000 meters above sea level. A recent analysis by Beatriz Fuentealba and Steven Sevillano of reforestation efforts centered on Polylepis in Ancash, Peru, has highlighted the importance of local communities for the successful implementation of these activities.

These Indigenous Communities are Models for How to Adapt to Climate Change

10 January 2018, by

When the poisoned river ran red with heavy metals, people from nearby communities didn’t believe at first that climate change was to blame. In remote mountain villages around the Rio Negro, adaptation efforts took a curious and innovative form.

Glacier Retreat and Trace-Metal Contamination in Peru

20 December 2017, by

A recent study provided a comprehensive assessment of the extent of trace-metal contamination across the Rio Santa basin, one of the largest and most important rivers in the Cordillera Blanca range.

A Swiss Community Fights to Save their Glacier

23 November 2017, by

The local community of Pontresina, in the Swiss Alps, has commissioned a study due to concerns of losing their glacier. The study investigates the feasibility of slowing down the retreat of the Morteratsch glacier, a popular tourist and skiing destination, by artificially producing snow.

Water Access and Glacial Recession in Peru

7 November 2017, by

A new paper published in the journal Global and Planetary Change examines the transformation of glacierized hydro-social systems in Peru through the lens of biophysical and social processes.

Villagers in Bhilangana Valley Satisfied with High Tourism Rates

18 October 2017, by

A new paper published in the South Asian Journal for Tourism and Heritage describes the positive impacts of tourism on the villages of the Bhilangana Valley, which is nested in a section of the Indian Himalayas popular with tourists.

Calling for Global Climate Justice

10 October 2017, by

The current state of climate policy in Bolivia is one of caveats: activists have carved out a legal space for indigenous concepts such as “Mother Earth,” but state policies simultaneously encourage the expansion of agriculture further into the Amazon. In addition, CO2 emissions have reached an all-time peak, contributing to the melting of the Andean […]

Of Ice and Fish

5 October 2017, by

Greenland is a landscape dominated by ice. The Greenland Ice Sheet flows into terminal glaciers, which calve into icebergs, which in winter are locked in by sea ice. Ice shapes the entire food web, from ocean microbes to the fish that fuel 90 percent of Greenland’s GDP. The relationship between glaciers and Greenlandic fisheries just […]

Women of the High Plateau: An Interview with Eleanor Moseman

28 September 2017, by

Eleanor Moseman is a photographer who works on women’s issues among ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans living in Western China. Her photographs relay the everyday struggles and triumphs of women in places that few journalists are able to access. Her portraits evoke stories of perseverance, courage, power and loss. Her work has appeared in PBS Newshour, The […]