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vulnerability of mountain societies in the Pamir and Tien Shan mountains is impacted by their often remote locations, outdated infrastructure, and poor access.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This story is Part I of a two-part series on the Tanana River Watershed. See Part II here. What do a St. Patty’s Day party and a sub-Arctic river have in common? An abundance of green dye, which acts as a festive element for the first and a scientific tool for the second. A group […]
On Saturday, September 9, part of the Trift glacier in the Swiss Alps broke off and crashed into a glacier below it. About 220 people of Saas-Grund, a small nearby ski town, evacuated the area as a precaution, said local police spokesman Simon Bumann. The collapsed piece measured approximately 500,000 cubic meters. Local authorities who had been […]