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.

Gull Eggs for Breakfast in Hoonah

3 May 2018, by

The National Park Service and Hoonah Indian Association are collaborating on restoring a traditional Glaucous-winged gull egg harvest within Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
Through a series of experimental egg harvests, they will determine best-practices and potential impacts of a harvest on gulls and other nesting birds.

Communities in Nepal Expand to Risk Areas, Despite Hazards

24 April 2018, by

A recently published study in the journal Land has found that more than a quarter of the new houses in Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal, are being built in highly dangerous areas susceptible to multiple natural hazards.

East Greenland’s Iivit Communities: An Interview with Sophie Elixhauser

18 April 2018, by

In the following interview, GlacierHub interviewed Sophie Elixhauser to discuss her recently published book, “Negotiating Personal Autonomy: Communication and Personhood in East Greenland.” She shared her perspective of her time observing Iivit, or Inuit, in East Greenland.

Inequality, Climate Change and Vulnerability in Peru

13 March 2018, by

A recent study of the vulnerability of small-scale farmers in Ancash, Peru, suggests that climate change is just one of several factors placing pressure on farmers. Instead, a collection of socio-political and economic factors are the main cause of vulnerability.

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.