New Research Reveals How Megafloods Shaped Greenland And Iceland

19 September 2019, by

A pair of British researchers look back on the impact of massive floods on the landscape of Greenland and Iceland. Their findings are published in a new paper in the journal Earth-Science Reviews.

Roundup: Switzerland’s Aletsch Glacier, Olafur Eliasson, and Early Alpine Dwellers

16 September 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about dire predictions for the largest glacier in the European Alps—even if Paris agreement targets are met, an evening with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and early high-elevation settlements.

Annual Assessment of North Cascades Glaciers Finds ‘Shocking Loss’ of Volume

10 September 2019, by

Mauri Pelto describes the findings of the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project, which, for the 36th consecutive year, measured the volume of 10 of the park’s glaciers.

Roundup: Alpine Hydropower, Water Availability in Pakistan, and Measuring Black Carbon

9 September 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, check out a case study of the impact of climate change on alpine hydropower, what water availability might be like in Pakistan under Paris Agreement targets, and how much black carbon is floating around Gangotri Glacier in India.

Warming Rivers Are Causing Die-Offs Among Alaska Salmon

5 September 2019, by

Rising temperatures and melting snowpack in Alaska are a sign of a new normal that is emerging, which is likely to become a major challenge for the state’s salmon populations.

How Simmering Suspicions Over Mining Threatened Glacier Science In the Andes

3 September 2019, by

Scientists studying Peru’s Mount Huascaran were asked by locals to stop working. A solution was reached through collaboration between researchers, government officials, and locals.

What the 2018 State of the Climate Report Says About Alpine Glaciers

29 August 2019, by

The latest American Meteorological Society State of the Climate report indicates 2018 was the 30th consecutive year of significant mass balance loss across a sampling of the world’s glaciers.

The Funeral for Iceland’s OK Glacier Attracts International Attention

28 August 2019, by

On August 18, scientists, artists, and climate activists gathered to commemorate Iceland’s OK Glacier, the first of the country’s glaciers to be lost to climate change. Already, a second glacier funeral is planned for September in Switzerland.

Park Officials Remove Signs Warning That Some Glaciers Will Disappear by 2020

20 August 2019, by

Until recently, signs at Glacier National Park warned visitors that the park’s glaciers would disappear by 2020. Now, they convey a more nuanced story about human-caused climate change and glacial melt.

speaker at ICIMOD in Kathmandu addressing IPCC authors July 2019

Kathmandu Event Highlights Deepening Interest in Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

15 August 2019, by

A July event sponsored by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development brought together experts from the organization and officials, authors, and staff of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change.

Snow Algae Thrives in Some of Earth’s Most Extreme Conditions

14 August 2019, by

A new study of snow algae in Chile reveals the reasons for its tenacity here on Earth—and how life might thrive elsewhere in the universe.

Roundup: Deaths in Alaska, Europe’s Heatwave, and Reflections on Afghanistan

12 August 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about glacier instability in Alaska creating hazards for outdoors enthusiasts, the impact of Europe’s recent heatwave on Swiss glaciers, and a history of Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor.