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 […]

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Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/01/14

1 September 2014, by

Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction “As the frequency of disasters is increasing, and more people and properties are at risk, it is time to exploit the natural resource in a way that we can contribute to reduce the global warming. Effective disaster management measures should be taken, and mass awareness, institutional mainstreaming, and […]

Lava, and alerts, are seeing red

31 August 2014, by

Our colleague Gísli Pálsson wrote this morning from Iceland, “The show is on; this time a considerable eruption.” At the Holuhraun lava field, lava has been erupting since Sunday morning. These lava fountains reach more than 50 meters high. Though they are dramatic, they do not release ash that would interfere with aviation. This activity […]

The eruption has begun (We mean it this time)

29 August 2014, by

The Icelandic Met Office announced that an eruption began at midnight, local time, at Holuhraun, north of Dyngjujökull. Lava is emerging on the surface, rather than beneath a glacier, so it is directly visible. http://www.ruv.is/frett/video-of-the-holuhraun-eruption The lava is being emitted from a fissure about 900 meters long, with what the Civil Protection Authority calls “low […]

Crevasses have formed on Iceland glaciers

28 August 2014, by

In the last two days, there have been significant changes in the glaciers and volcanoes in Iceland. There has not yet been an eruption, but the melting of ice indicates that additional heat is reaching the surface. The pattern of earthquakes has also shifted. Scientists from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth […]

As glaciers melt, bodies resurface

26 August 2014, by

In June 2012, an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter was flying over the Colony Glacier on a routine training flight when the crew noticed bits of wreckage scattered on the ice. The twisted metal, bits of cloth and other debris turned out to be all that was left of a C-124 Globemaster II troop transport […]