Amid High-Tech Alternatives, a Reckoning for Iceland’s Glacier Keepers

31 July 2018, by

It may be one of the longest-running examples of citizen climate science in the world. With Iceland’s glaciers at their melting point, these men and women— farmers, schoolchildren, a plastic surgeon, even a Supreme Court judge— serve not only as the glaciers’ guardians, but also their messengers.

The Struggle for Water in the Andes

17 July 2018, by

A personal account of how village societies in the Peruvian Andes value water and claim authority over it.

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.

Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. (Source:N-b pictures/Flickr)

Ash from Iceland’s Glacier Volcano Threatens Health of Local Children

29 May 2018, by

A recent study by Heidrun Hlodversdottir and her co-authors of the physical and mental health of the local children following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano suggests that they were more likely to experience respiratory and anxiety issues than those who were not impacted by the eruption, among other ill effects.

Photo Friday: Marc Foggin & the Mountains of Central Asia

25 May 2018, by

This Photo Friday, journey to the mountains of Central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau through breathtaking photographs from conservation biologist Marc Foggin.

Video of the Week: Triggering Avalanches to Clear Roads

9 May 2018, by

What happens when severe weather blocks roads in high mountain passes? This week, watch how transportation and road clearing teams, in Stelvio Pass, North Italy, work to clear roads for the season by triggering avalanches.

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.

Photo Friday: A Visit to Sajama, Bolivia

20 April 2018, by

This Photo Friday, journey to Sajama, Bolivia, through photos taken by Karina Yager, a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.

IPCC Lead Authors Hike Up to Antisana Glacier in Ecuador

16 March 2018, by

An Ecuadorian glaciologist, Bolívar Cáceres, led a group of IPCC authors on a hike up to Antisana Glacier. They saw páramo wetlands and an automated weather station, and got to explore the glacier itself.

Hiking Through Glacier National Park for a Cause

8 March 2018, by

A Climate and Society alumna from Columbia University will experience climate change first hand on a planned hike for Climate Ride at Glacier National Park.

Photo Friday: Mer de Glace, a “Sea of Ice”

16 February 2018, by

A trip to the French Alps, home of the famous Mont Blanc and majestic Mer de Glace, or “Sea of Ice,” inspired this author to consider the tragedy of a glacier-less world for future generations.

Photo Friday: Black History Month & Expedition Denali

9 February 2018, by

In honor of Black History Month, this Photo Friday showcases the exciting story of the first all-African American team to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America.