IPCC Report is Now Open for Comment

8 May 2018, by

The IPCC special report on oceans and the cryosphere (SROCC) is now open for comment. Individuals and organizations who wish to review the first draft of the report and provide comments can register online. One chapter considers glaciers in detail.

Photo of the draining of a glacial lake

The Glacier Law Conundrum: Protecting Glaciers or Limiting Hazard Response and Adaptation?

5 April 2018, by

Glacier protection laws have been developed to protect glacial environments from commercial activities such as mining. However, they also pose a potential conflict with the mitigation of glacial hazards and adaptation to climate change.

Glacial Melting Isn’t Someone Else’s Problem

21 March 2018, by

This work written by Dana J. Graef first appeared last month on SAPIENS. As many glaciers throughout the world are retreating at faster rates, they have become powerful symbols of global warming. But glacial retreat is still an abstract idea for many people, which makes it easy to ignore. What tough questions should we be asking ourselves?

Is the Department of the Interior Taking Steps to Protect Montana’s Glaciers?

15 March 2018, by

The US Department of Interior has recently postponed an auction of oil and gas leases near the Absaroka and Beartooth Ranges in Montana. This move reassures some that public lands will be better protected, although many remain skeptical.

Glacier Researchers Gather at IPCC Meeting in Ecuador

27 February 2018, by

Glaciers and the cryosphere were discussed at the second Lead Author Meeting for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere, held in Quito, Ecuador, from 12 to 16 February.

ICIMOD Steps Up to Save Lives in Pakistan

7 February 2018, by

Imagine waking up at 4 a.m. to the wails of a siren. For Sherqilla, a small village in Pakistan, that siren was the difference between life and death.

Villagers Make Glacier Tourism Sustainable in Iceland

31 January 2018, by

Across the world, glacier tourism has become increasingly popular. But how can the sustainability of this tourism be assured in years to come? A recent study from a team of Icelandic scientists argues for the value of incorporating perspectives from local communities in developing sustainable tourism.

Restoration of Grizzly Bear Population in North Cascades Halted

30 January 2018, by

The National Park Service has halted plans to restore the grizzly bear population in the glacier-rich North Cascades ecosystem indefinitely. The stop work order came from the office of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, which also recently delisted the Yellowstone grizzly bear after 42 years on the Endangered Species list.

North Atlantic Icebergs: Hubris, Disaster, and Safeguards

25 January 2018, by

2017 marked the fourth consecutive year of “extreme” iceberg conditions in the North Atlantic Ocean. Icebergs are created when glaciers calve, releasing pieces of ice to the sea that can be as tall as skyscrapers. Most icebergs in the North Atlantic originate in Greenland. A higher than normal calving rate of Greenland’s glaciers prompts concerns for shipping lanes.

Glaciers at Risk Over Government Shutdown

23 January 2018, by

On Tuesday, national parks and glaciers received a brief reprieve from a government shutdown that threatened to indefinitely close their access. Forestalling a larger fiscal crisis, President Donald Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to reinstate funds until Feb. 8 and reopen the government. The bill allows furloughed employees to return to work for at […]

Alaska Governor Issues Order on Climate Change Strategy

9 January 2018, by

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has issued an order on climate change strategy, with the intention to create a flexible and long-lasting framework for Alaskans to build a strategic response to climate change. Walker has also appointed members of a climate action leadership team to design the strategy and work on mitigation, research and investigate ways to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Court Advances Case Against German Greenhouse Gas Emitter

27 December 2017, by

Last month, a German court ruled that it will hear a case brought by a Peruvian farmer against Germany’s largest energy producer, RWE, potentially having huge ramifications in so-called climate justice cases. Farmer Saul Luciano Lliuya sued the company in 2015 for emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases, increasing the threat of glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs) that threaten his home in Huaraz, in the foothills of the Andes.