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.

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

1 August 2019, by

One of the world’s leading credit rating agencies acquired last month the Berkeley-based climate analysis firm Four Twenty Seven, signaling growing private sector concern about the climate crisis.

Iceland to Commemorate the Demise of Okjökull Glacier

31 July 2019, by

A plaque will recognize the first glacier in Iceland lost to climate change.

Rob Wallace Installed to Post in Department of the Interior

30 July 2019, by

The newest official to be appointed to the Interior Department, Robert Wallace brings a background of experience as a Republican staffer, GE lobbyist, and park ranger to a role that will oversee the nation’s glaciers.

East and South Asia Are the Largest Sources of Black Carbon Blanketing the Tibetan Plateau

11 July 2019, by

The glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau have seen an increase in black carbon concentrations since the pre-industrial era. A new study measured the amount of black carbon and dust on a glacier in the northeastern part of the plateau.

South Asian Perspectives on News of Rapid Himalayan Glacier Melt

9 July 2019, by

A new study that finds a doubling of Himalayan glacier melt has received international media recognition, including among South Asian news outlets, which explore implications for regional freshwater supply.

Ancient Humans of Glaciated Western China Consumed High-Potency Cannabis

4 July 2019, by

While it’s uncertain whether the plants were cultivated intentionally or selectively harvested for high potency, it is clear that glaciers played a central role in hydrating the marijuana used in western China around 500 BC.

Rising Temperatures Have Doubled Himalayan Glacier Melt—Study

3 July 2019, by

A new Columbia University study that relied on declassified images from spy satellites shows that glaciers in the Himalayas melted twice as fast from 2000 to 2016 as they did from 1975 to 2000.

US Forest Service Plans to Overhaul Tourism at Mendenhall Glacier

26 June 2019, by

Last chance tourists are increasingly seeking out rapidly deteriorating natural wonders like Alaska’s iconic Mendenhall Glacier.

Project Pressure Exhibition Explores Climate Change and Glaciers

25 June 2019, by

The charity connects visual artists and scientists focused on documenting the declining state of the world’s glaciers. The group’s latest exhibition is on display at the National History Museum, Vienna until September 1.

Event Series Highlights Threats to Tibet’s Glaciers

19 June 2019, by

Ahead of World Environment Day, several groups organized a series of events in British Columbia and Seattle, Washington to highlight threats to Tibet’s glaciers.