Roundup: Norwegian Glacier Change, Climbing Federation Refocuses Priorities, and Antarctic Meltwater Influence on Phytoplankton

11 May 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the uniform retreat of recently advancing Norwegian glaciers, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation’s restated priorities, and how Antarctic meltwater is influencing phytoplankton, the base of marine food webs.

As The Climate Shifts A Border Moves

30 April 2020, by

Italy’s northern border shifts with the melting of the glaciers after a pair of agreements created the novel concept of the moving border. As the effects of climate change have manifested, the border has moved significantly. Even though the distances in question are not large, this case from two EU countries tests conceptions of what a border is.

Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Center of Mounting Controversy

23 April 2020, by

Tensions are brewing over the management and preservation of the Dolomites, a mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Italy. Mountain Wilderness, a non-profit, exposing the difficulties of maintaining a tourism-dominated economy in a region pressured to preserve its natural environment.

Whistler Water’s Glacial Appeal

24 March 2020, by

Canadian bottled water company, Whistler Water, relies on its glacial spring source in company advertisements. With its water sourced from glaciers in the coastal mountain range, the company has created a natural, pure image for itself. However, the glaciers in this mountain range are shrinking rapidly.

Roundup: COVID-19 in Glacier Regions

16 March 2020, by

For this week’s Roundup we compiled the glacier regions affected by the novel coronavirus––including the Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Karakoram, Himalaya, Greenland, and Cascades––where the dislocation of remote glacier communities cuts both ways. Expeditions to Mount Everest have been suspended.

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.

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.

Indigenous Activist Among Those Killed In Iran’s Takedown of Civilian Airliner

14 January 2020, by

Ghanimat Azhdari, a member of the Qashqai nomadic people of southwestern and central Iran, spent her life researching and promoting Indigenous-driven conservation efforts throughout Central Asia and the world. She perished on January 8, 2020 when Iranian security forces mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines jetliner, killing all on board.

IMD Marked with Event at United Nations Headquarters

17 December 2019, by

This year the UN headquarters in New York hosted a special event marking International Mountain Day on December 11. The event centered on the importance of youth in mountainous regions. Ben Orlove, managing editor of GlacierHub, spoke on a panel at the event.

Airport Construction Threatens Andean Environments and Cultural Monuments

10 December 2019, by

Construction of a mountain airport has landed the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru—a world heritage site—on the World Monument Fund’s “Watch List.” Archaeologists, environmentalists, and social activists worry that greater access to the region will lead to unrestrained tourism, putting ancient sites, traditional ways of living, and fragile environments at risk.

Russian Navy Confirms Emergence of Five New Islands in the Arctic Ocean

21 November 2019, by

The physical geography of the Arctic Ocean is evolving as climate change causes ice melt to reveal new islands and waterways in remote areas near the North Pole. The exposure of this new frontier will alter the behavior of Russia’s strategic militaristic forces as well as shift the geopolitical environment of the region in terms of shipping and resource extraction.

Tongass National Forest, Threatened by Increased Logging

12 November 2019, by

Tongass National Forest in Alaska is the largest national forest in the U.S. A new, controversial proposal would open 9.2 million acres of the Forest to logging.