Roundup: CLIMATE CONFESSION, Turkey Avalanches, and Announcing The Earthshot Prize

17 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, don’t miss the Climate Confession by planetary scientist Jeff Kargel, a tragic avalanche on a glaciated mountain in Turkey, and Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s prestigious new environment award; The Earthshot Prize.

Photo Friday: Humble Energy Ad Boasts About Melting Glaciers in ’62

14 February 2020, by

On February 2, 1962, Humble Oil & Refining Company published an advertisement in LIFE magazine that read: EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!

Coronavirus is Expanding Into the Mountain Regions of Western China

13 February 2020, by

The novel coronavirus—officially known as COVID-19—is gaining altitude. The mysterious flu-like respiratory illness is creeping into the country’s mountainous western provinces high on the Tibetan Plateau. While the number of cases in these areas still remains low, there has been a slow uptick in infections in recent days.

CLIMATE CONFESSION: I WAS WRONG

11 February 2020, by

Planetary scientist and glaciologist Jeff Kargel was thinking about climate change on Earth in too gradualistic of terms––he wants you to know what he now understands.

Ancient Viruses Awaken as the Tibetan Plateau Melts

6 February 2020, by

Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.

Ancient Mosses Add to the Story of the Iceman’s Final Days on Earth

30 January 2020, by

After 5,300 years, Ötzi the Iceman continues to divulge secrets. Scientists recently identified 75 different species of mosses and liverworts in, on and around the glacier mummy that reveal secrets about his final 48 hours.

At Glacier’s End: Protecting Glacial Rivers in Iceland

21 January 2020, by

A new book by photographer Chris Burkard and storyteller Matt McDonald advocates for the creation of a new national park covering most of Iceland’s Highland region.

Roundup: The Hydropower Potential In Glacier Retreat, A Glacier Children’s Book, and How Glaciers Affect Kyrgyz Pasture Selection

20 January 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the hydropower potential in glacier-free basins, a new children’s book featuring the life of a glacial erratic, and how glaciers figure in to Kyrgyz pasture selection.

Video of the Week: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes

15 January 2020, by

The eruption launched plumes of ash and smoke 20,000 feet into the air and could be seen from space. No one was injured, although authorities are still warning people to stay away from the grumbling behemoth because of possible falling fragments and ash.

Indigenous Activist Among Those Killed In Iran’s Takedown of Civilian Airliner

14 January 2020, by

Ghanimat Azhdari, a member of the Qashqai nomadic people of southwestern and central Iran, spent her life researching and promoting Indigenous-driven conservation efforts throughout Central Asia and the world. She perished on January 8, 2020 when Iranian security forces mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines jetliner, killing all on board.

‘Most Ice on Earth is Very Close to Melting Conditions’

9 January 2020, by

Andreas Kääb says we need to understand how glaciers are shrinking in order to better adapt to climate change impacts such as changes to water supply, landslides and avalanches.

Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains Could Vanish by End of This Century

7 January 2020, by

The glaciers shrank 40 percent between 1981 and 2015, largely because of human-caused global warming. Audio is available by clicking through.