India’s Glaciers Help Shape Climate Change Policy

12 September 2018, by

A new paper underscores the ways that glaciers have played a role in shaping the trajectory of climate change responses in India.

Still Unresolved, Saga of Jumbo Glacier Resort Heads Back to Canadian Court

10 July 2018, by

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.

Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake (Source: Nigeria Circle News/ Twitter)

The End of the Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

9 May 2018, by

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.

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.