A Catastrophic Glacier Collapse and Mudflow in Salkantay, Peru

3 March 2020, by

At least 13 people are dead in the mountains outside Cusco in a devastating glacier collapse and debris flow in a populated valley on a route well-known among trekkers to Machu Picchu.

Roundup: A New Glacier Surge Study, Three Decades of Caucasus Glacier-Debris Change, and Mining Expansion in Greenland

2 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new study advancing understanding of glacier surges, research spanning nearly 30 years of debris cover change on Caucasus region glaciers, and how mining is poised to take advantage of glacier retreat in Greenland.

Video of the Week: A Daring Swim Across a Glacial Lake to Protest Climate Change

26 February 2020, by

Last month, fifty-year old Lewis Pugh swam one kilometer across a supraglacial lake atop Langhovde Glacier in East Antarctica. He wore nothing but a Speedo, a swim cap and goggles.

Roundup: Bernie Wins First Glacier State Caucus, A Cryosphere Congressional Hearing, and Using Drones to Monitor Ice Flow

24 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, the first glacier state to caucus in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary votes for Bernie Sanders, a congressional hearing focuses on the cryosphere, and unmanned aerial vehicles prove effective at ice flow monitoring.

Photo Friday: French President Emmanuel Macron Dons Ski Suit and Visits Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace

21 February 2020, by

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron took the tram from the Alpine village of Chamonix up to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, to pay homage to the legendary massif and reflect on the toll climate change is exacting on its great glacier, the Mer de Glace.

Long-term Cryosphere Monitoring Program in Pakistan Seeks to Understand and Protect Glaciers

20 February 2020, by

With 7,253 glaciers, Pakistan has more area under ice cover than any other country in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. With a new long term monitoring program, the nation will start observing them.

Congressional Hearing Focuses on Earth’s Changing Cryosphere

18 February 2020, by

Heidi Steltzer and Pamela McElwee recently testified in front of Congress to discuss the findings of the two recently published IPCC reports, in which glaciers and the Earth’s changing cryosphere figure prominently.

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.

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.

Roundup: Coronavirus Spreads to Glacier Country, A New Antarctic Feedback Loop, and High Avalanche Danger in the Pacific Northwest

10 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about coronavirus’ spread to glacier provinces of China, a far-reaching study on a new Antarctic feedback loop, and the high avalanche danger in Washington State after a series of Pacific storms.

Photo Friday: Province in Turkey Hit by Multiple Avalanches

7 February 2020, by

Two avalanches in Van Province in Turkey have killed 41 and injured nearly 100 more. The avalanches occurred on a glacier-clad mountain known as Hasanbesir Tepesis.

Tracing the Reach of An Interdisciplinary Antarctic Study

4 February 2020, by

A study published in 2018 was the first to provide evidence that a positive feedback loop is currently ongoing between the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with significant implications for ocean circulation. In just two years, this research has been cited 22 times across a variety of fields.