International Mountain Day (2018) encouraged collaborative talks regarding the protection of mountain ecosystems, sustainable development and international cooperation. GlacierHub reported live from the event, where GlacierHub editor Ben Orlove, a professor at Columbia University, spoke about research documenting the intensified rate of warming in mountain environments.
From 2-14 December 2018, 197 countries gather in Poland for COP24. Over two weeks of negotiations, countries will attempt to finish what they started three years ago in Paris, where they set 2018 as the deadline to come up with robust plans for their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s new pick for the department’s Deputy Solicitor for Fish, Wildlife and Parks is Karen Budd-Falen, a Wyoming-based property rights attorney known for challenging federal land policy.
An organization of tribal leaders representing Indian Nations in the Dakotas and Nebraska has called for a name change of Yellowstone National Park’s Mt. Doane and Hayden Valley.
The new IPCC report, SR1.5, discusses the urgency of limiting temperature increases to only 1.5 degrees Celsius, to avoid catastrophic harm. Action is needed urgently. The report mentions glaciers a number of times, using them to provide evidence of rapid climate change and impacts in water, agriculture, tourism and biodiversity.
A recent resolution of the UN Human Rights Council grants recognition to the rights of peasants and other rural working people. These include the right to food sovereignty–self-determination of food and access to healthy, sustainable food. It also recognizes the right to have water uncontaminated by mining activities.
FONAG, the organization which protects and restores the water resources for the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, played a significant role in presenting high mountain issues to World Water Week, a major conference which was held late last month in Stockholm.
Not over yet: There’s a new twist to the nearly thirty-year saga on the construction of Jumbo Glacier Resort in British Columbia of Canada. The developers have brought the case back to court, aiming to overturn government’s 2015 decision and resurrect the resort’s construction.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced the end of the Temporary Protection Status for Nepal. This affects over 9000 Nepalis who have relocated to the United States after the devastating earthquake in 2015.