Blood Falls: Origins and Life in Subglacial Environments

27 March 2019, by

A new study on Antarctica’s Blood Falls reveals the origins of the unique bright-red discharge, and what it could mean for finding life elsewhere in our solar system.

Nevado Ausangate Glaciers, Peru Retreat, and Lake Formation

26 March 2019, by

Mauri Pelto, a glaciologist at Nichols College in Massachusetts and author of the American Geophysical Union blog From a Glacier’s Perspective, analyzes the retreat of the Ausangate Glaciers in Peru.

Rising Temperatures Threaten Biodiversity Along the Antarctic Peninsula

21 March 2019, by

The 800-mile-long Antarctica Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet. The rising temperatures have led to significant glacial melting, which is a threat to the ecosystem’s biodiversity.

Mongolia’s Cashmere Goats Graze a Precarious Steppe

20 March 2019, by

Mongolia’s grasslands are being degraded by climate change and heavy goat populations, driven by global cashmere demand.

University of Lausanne Launches Interdisciplinary Mountain Research Center

19 March 2019, by

Iago Otero and Emmanuel Reynard describe the launch of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research at the University of Lausanne—a four-year pilot project focused on contributing to the sustainable development of mountain regions.

Roundup: Andean Land-Use Change, Glacier Chronology in the US, and Mount Everest Way

18 March 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about local perceptions of land-use change in the Andes, an updated chronology of glaciation in the western US, and the dedication of Mount Everest Way in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Lahars Increase Stress-Tolerant Vegetation on Explosive Popocatépetl

7 March 2019, by

Glacier-covered volcanoes, such as Popocatépetl, are more susceptible to lahars due to glacial melting that occurs during eruptions. Research shows an increase in stress-tolerant, competitive vegetation due to the changing environment.

On Carbon, AGU President Robin Bell Walks the Walk

6 March 2019, by

A profile of Robin Bell, the world’s earth science leader. She says individual effort on climate change leads to collective action. She takes her carbon footprint seriously, and thinks you should too.

The New Science Editors of the Journal of Glaciology

28 February 2019, by

The Journal of Glaciology recently brought on several new science editors who are eager to improve understanding of climate change and its impacts. They look forward to utilizing their skills and expertise to build on current climate knowledge and explore new areas of research.

What the Newest Global Glacier-Volume Estimate Means for High Mountain Asia

27 February 2019, by

A new study of the ice-thickness distribution of the world’s 215,000 glaciers found that High Mountain Asia has 27 percent less ice than previously thought—and could lose half of its glacier area by the mid-2060s.

Increased Focus on Mountains in the IPCC’s AR6 Report

21 February 2019, by

The IPCC’s Working Group II report will feature a “Cross-Chapter Paper” on mountain ecosystems, which possess immense natural resources and biodiversity, but face acute challenges due to climate change.

Asia’s Water Supply Endangered by Third Pole Warming

19 February 2019, by

Third pole glaciers feed into some of the major rivers in Asia, supplying freshwater to about one-fifth of the global population. Warming and the imminent loss of these glaciers could have dire consequences.