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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A half second blip in the newly released animated kids film “Abominable,” was all it took to aggravate a decades-old geopolitical controversy in Southeast Asia in October. The film—about a lovable yeti and his child companions’ journey to the Himalayas—has been banned in Vietnam and Malaysia, and boycotted in the Philippines.
The World Meteorological Organization released a video detailing changes high mountain ecosystems are undergoing as a result of global climate change. This video announced the High Mountain Summit, which convened in Geneva, Switzerland last week.
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.
A new publication from the Mountain Research Initiative highlights the importance of spatial context in monitoring and reporting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Volcanic eruptions are difficult to prepare for. Signs of activity on Cotopaxi, a glacier-covered volcano in Ecuador, and other nearby volcanoes, though, have prompted authorities to develop plans for protecting nearby residents.