Amazon Fires Quickening Glacier Melting in Andes

31 December 2019, by

The burning rainforest releases black carbon into the atmosphere, which, according to a growing number of scientific studies, directly contributes to the melting of glaciers.

Photo Friday: Glaciers Smile Down on Electric Ferries

27 December 2019, by

Washington State Ferries is working toward converting its three largest and most polluting ferries to electric power.

Crowded Backcountry Ski Slopes Increase Risk of Skiers Endangering Each Other

26 December 2019, by

Avalanche risk is on the rise as more people enter backcountry alpine terrain. A new study seeking to quantify the risk to multi-party avalanches hopes to raise awareness and provoke discussion.

Study Aims to Better Understand Iceberg-Tsunami Dynamics

24 December 2019, by

Iceberg calving can create powerful waves when large chunks of ice fall from glaciers into the ocean. A recent study conducted 66 experiments to better understand the features of iceberg calving to determine iceberg-tsunami strength and parameters.

Last Remaining Glaciers in the Pacific Will Soon Melt Away

19 December 2019, by

A warming atmosphere and less precipitation falling as snow on Pacific glaciers, like Papua New Guinea, are killing them. Researchers believe other mountaintop glaciers will follow quickly.

Video of the Week: How do we Keep the Paris Agreement on Track by COP26?

11 December 2019, by

The Video of the Week highlights what needs to be done between now and COP26 to keep the Paris Agreement on track to meet its goals.

Airport Construction Threatens Andean Environments and Cultural Monuments

10 December 2019, by

Construction of a mountain airport has landed the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru—a world heritage site—on the World Monument Fund’s “Watch List.” Archaeologists, environmentalists, and social activists worry that greater access to the region will lead to unrestrained tourism, putting ancient sites, traditional ways of living, and fragile environments at risk.

Photo Friday: Alaska’s Sheridan Glacier––via Operation IceBridge

6 December 2019, by

A stunning image of Sheridan Glacier in southeast Alaska from Operation Ice Bridge, which after a decade of airborne ice observations, has been replaced by a new satellite.

Study Analyzes Strengths and Weaknesses of Glacier Monitoring Systems Around the World

5 December 2019, by

Glacier monitoring programs are essential to the national and global climate policy-making process. A recent study assessed the status of glacier monitoring programs around the world.

Large storage potential in future ice-free glacier basins

3 December 2019, by

Glaciologists at ETH Zurich and WSL assessed the global water storage and hydropower potential that could be freed up in future as glaciers melt in response to climate change.

Video of the Week: Study Examines Melting of Greenland

27 November 2019, by

Greenland’s melting could cause 27cm of sea level rise by 2100. Researchers are working on a 4 year study to better understand the rate of melting of Heheim, one of Greenland’s largest outlet glaciers.

Roundup: A Tlingit Song, Glacier Theory, and Rock Glacier Classification

25 November 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup read about a Huna Tlingit woman’s wolf-inspired song, the history of an opponent of glacier theory, and a new study classifying rock glaciers.