As Glaciers Melt, Mt. Shasta Could See More Mudslides

8 October 2014, by

A giant mudslide sent mud and debris hurtling down the southeastern flank of California’s Mt. Shasta in late September. Experts believe glacial melting, hastened by a three-year California drought, loosened giant ice blocks at the small Konwakiton Glacier midway up the peak, dislodging earth and rocks dammed up under the ice. U.S. Forest Service climbing […]

Glacier stories you may have missed this week – 10/6

6 October 2014, by

California droughts and glacier melts lead to massive Mt. Shasta mudslide “Experts believe glacial melting, accelerated by the drought, may have released “pockets of water” that destabilized massive ice blocks and causing the debris flow Saturday afternoon in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, officials said.” Read more about Mt. Shasta mudslide in the Los Angles Times.   […]

Copper Versus Ice: Chilean Mine Would Excavate Five Glaciers

1 October 2014, by

The glaciers of Chile are threatened not just by global warming, but by mining operations high in the snow-peaked Andes cordillera. On July 24, Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco, the world’s largest producer of the metal, proposed changes to a controversial $6.8 billion expansion of its Andina mine. Whether the new proposal gets the green light from environmental authorities could determine the fate of 26 glaciers in the central Andes.

Glacier stories you may have missed this week – 9/29

29 September 2014, by

Nepal tourism adapts to climate change “Weather can ruin the vacation while climate can devastate a holiday destination. Climate change not only impacts on tourism directly by changes in temperature, extreme weather events and other climatic factors, but it will also transform the natural environment that attracts tourists. Despite the global nature of tourism industry […]

Photo Friday: NYC Climate March

26 September 2014, by

Last weekend, ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, three hundred thousand people gathered on New York City streets in solidarity with similar marches across the globe in order to send a clear message to policy makers around the world that people are invested in their environment, and they are paying attention to what their governments […]

UN looks to locals for climate solutions

25 September 2014, by

When attacking a problem as complex and diverse as climate change, sometimes the best way is from the ground up. Bringing indigenous communities, including those near glacier in high mountain regions, into the discussion is the new tactic discussed at a September 24 meeting at the United Nations Development Programme in New York during Climate […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/22/14

22 September 2014, by

Tibetan glaciers have shrunk by 15 percent “The study attributes the retreat of glaciers and thawing of frozen earth to global warming, suggesting a significant impact on the water security of the subcontinent. Rivers such as the Brahmaputra have their source on the Tibetan plateau, where it flows as the Yarlung Zangbo before turning at […]

Take a selfie with a glacier on Sunday

17 September 2014, by

Two teachers are preparing a model glacier, which they will bring to a major climate demonstration this weekend to illustrate the importance of glacier retreat as a climate change issue. The People’s Climate March will be held on Sunday 21 September. This large event comes just before the opening of the 2014-15 session of the […]

In wake of Everest deaths, many groups push for reform

16 September 2014, by

A major workshop late last month represents a significant change in the debates about climbing expeditions on Mount Everest, with significance across the Himalayas and beyond. The “Participatory Workshop on Roles, Responsibilities & Rights of Mountaineering Workers,” held on 29 and 30 August in Kathmandu, emerged from the unsettled outcome of the tragic accident of […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/15/14

15 September 2014, by

India’s diesel fumes fuel glacier melt “Kieran Cooke, has recently been in Kolkata, one of the country’s biggest and most polluted population centres: he says increasing pollution is not only harming Kolkata’s citizens – it’s also a likely contributor to climate change taking place in the Himalayan region…” Read more here.   Number of Alaska […]

Craters have appeared on two glaciers in Iceland

9 September 2014, by

The recent volcano eruptions in Iceland have created enormous circular depressions in two of the country’s glaciers. These dramatic features, which differ from each other in their origins and shape, are visible from the air. A reconnaissance flight over Bárðar­bunga, the volcano where the first earthquakes were detected last month, shows that the ice over […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/08/14

8 September 2014, by

Glacier Landslide Blocks Traffic between Russia and Georgia/Armenia   “On 20th August, another landslide occurred at the same site, once again blocking the Dariali Gorge.  This landslide, which is reported to have originated at the glacier, is reported to have been larger..”   Read more here. Chilean Government Pressured Over Glacier Law “Chilean NGOs and […]