Ancient Humans of Glaciated Western China Consumed High-Potency Cannabis

4 July 2019, by

While it’s uncertain whether the plants were cultivated intentionally or selectively harvested for high potency, it is clear that glaciers played a central role in hydrating the marijuana used in western China around 500 BC.

Rising Temperatures Have Doubled Himalayan Glacier Melt—Study

3 July 2019, by

A new Columbia University study that relied on declassified images from spy satellites shows that glaciers in the Himalayas melted twice as fast from 2000 to 2016 as they did from 1975 to 2000.

Dispatch from the Cryosphere: Glacier Decrease in the Georgian Caucasus

18 June 2019, by

Levan Tielidze, a senior research scientist at the Institute of Geography at Tbilisi State University, describes some of the changes underway on Georgia’s glaciers.

The Impact of the GRACE Mission on Glaciology and Climate Science

6 June 2019, by

One of the most revolutionary advances for physical sciences in recent decades is the GRACE mission, aimed towards better understanding of the mass changes of the planet’s hydrosphere and cryosphere.

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How Dust From Receding Glaciers Is Affecting the Climate

5 June 2019, by

Little is known about the amounts and sources of ice nucleating particles in the Arctic. But as Arctic glaciers recede, a study on Svalbard indicates their dust will alter cloud properties and shorten their lifetime.

New Weather Stations Aid Denali Researchers and Climbers

4 June 2019, by

Weather instruments placed atop large masts will provide scientists and outdoors enthusiasts with better information about North America’s tallest peak.

UNESCO-Recognized Glaciers Could Shrink 60 Percent by End of Century

30 May 2019, by

Glaciers found within 21 of 46 UNESCO World Heritage sites could completely disappear by 2100, according to new research published by the American Geophysical Union.

Chickamin Glacier Retreat Generates Separation and Lake Expansion

29 May 2019, by

Mauri Pelto, scientist and author at From a Glacier’s Perspective, analyzes Landsat images of southeast Alaska’s Chickamin Glacier.

Scientists Catch Tibetan Snowcocks on Camera in their High-Elevation Habitats

23 May 2019, by

Harsh climate and environmental conditions makes it difficult to study species in high elevations. In a recent study published in Avian Research, scientists used camera traps to observe the elusive Tibetan snowcock in the Himalayas.

Mercury from Melting Glaciers Threatens the Tibetan Plateau

15 May 2019, by

As the plateau’s glaciers melt, mercury contamination from fossil fuel emissions is being released into the region’s surface water.

Rising Temperatures May Not Cause More Frequent GLOF Catastrophes

9 May 2019, by

Recent analysis of the Himalayas shows that despite high melt rates, glacier lake outburst floods remain infrequent.

Roundup: Project Pressure Exhibition, Melting Swiss Glaciers Provide Opportunity, and The Tibetan Snowcock

6 May 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, glaciers are a central narrative at a world class art exhibition in Vienna, the Swiss make the best of its melting glaciers, and a study on a little-known bird, the Tibetan Snowcock.