India PM Modi Visits World’s Highest Battleground

26 October 2014, by

On October 23, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Siachen Glacier lauding the Indian soldiers based there. Modi tweeted “From the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier and with the brave jawans and officers of the armed forces, I wish all of you a happy Diwali.” Sharing sweets with our Jawans at Siachen. pic.twitter.com/ebHWkRwe3e — […]

Hundreds of Millions of South Asians At Risk from Glacier Melt

16 October 2014, by

Few regions on Earth depend as heavily on glaciers for food, energy and water as South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan ecosystem. A new research paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy highlights some of the challenges downstream communities face when glacier water from upstream communities becomes scarce. The greater South Asian region accounts for […]

Dariali gorge may be in danger from new hydroelectric plant

2 October 2014, by

Along Georgia’s border with Russia, about two hours north of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the Tergi River flows on an almost 400 mile journey down from the Devdorak Glacier atop Mount Kazbek to the Caspian Sea. The river has been a valued source of water for the communities along its banks for thousands of […]

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.

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 […]

Icelandic Richard Branson touts pure water, but at a cost

11 September 2014, by

Icelandic businessman Jón Ólafsson has some bottled water he wants you to try that’s as clear as can be. In 2003, when Ólafsson owned 85 percent of all the music recorded in Iceland, he decided to call it quits from his telecom and media empire and try something new. Providing what might be one of […]

Emma Thompson’s latest role: climate change activist

8 August 2014, by

Two-time Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson is known for her leading roles in Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually and more recently Effie Gray. But her latest role might have the greatest reach: as a real-life activist for climate change Thompson is travelling with Greenpeace across the Arctic aboard the activist ship, Esperanza, […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, not all glacier lakes are monitored equally

24 July 2014, by

As the temperature rises and glacial lakes grow, the Kyrgyzstan government is monitoring some glaciers while neglecting others. Kyrgyzstani officials are closely studying the 18 growing glacial lakes on the Adygene Glacier to predict glacial hazards. Since these glacial lakes are located above Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, glacial lake outburst floods could potentially flood the valley, […]

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In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

15 July 2014, by

Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct […]

Privatizing the world’s tallest peaks

9 July 2014, by

While the rise in commercial mountaineering has been generating valuable income for Nepal, it has also resulted in pollution and local disturbance. Now the Nepalese tourism ministry is planning to lease exclusive access to many of its highest mountains to private tourism companies. The government claims that the privatization of the mountains is necessary so […]

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At the world’s highest battleground, India and Pakistan fight over a glacier

25 June 2014, by

The highest battleground in the world is over an un-demarcated glacier in the Himalaya’s Karakoram range. For three decades, India and Pakistan’s military dispute has incuded the militarization and control of Siachen glacier. Amid calls of demilitarization of the area from Pakistan and international actors, the Indian government has vowed to continue supporting the armed […]

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See it while you can: A Peruvian national park capitalizes on glacier melt

25 June 2014, by

Ecotourists want to experience the power, beauty, and wonder of nature. But do they also want to be exposed to its fragility? Not long ago Peru’s Pastoruri glacier attracted around 100,000 visitors per year, but the number of tourists has dwindled as the glacier has shrunk. As it shrank, it divided into two smaller glaciers […]