In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a five month-old girl in Pakistan beats the disease, unconventional ‘stay home’ order enforcement tactics in Nepal, aid provided by Indigenous communities in Ecuador, how an aprés-ski town in Italy fueled the spread in Europe, anecdotes from the Italian Alps, and a new food fund in Washington State.
Stay home orders worldwide have slowed the thrum of human activity. Water is clearer, air is cleaner, and even seismic activity is more detectable. Some glacier communities are seeing their mountains through visibility not experienced in decades.
In this week’s Roundup, an update to glacier regions’ struggle against coronavirus, including a “disturbing” rate of cases in the Pacific Northwest, global religious groups continue to congregate, soccer season is still kicking off in Tajikistan, and public trust in their government’s response is lacking in glacier countries. Meanwhile in Peru a major ice collapse has an entire region on high alert.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are limitless, reaching even the most remote corners of the Earth, including the Everest region, where the virus is inflicting cascading impacts upon mountain tourism and local well-being.
COVID-19 in Glacier Regions Update: Latin America Responds, Italy Uses Drones to Enforce Quarantine, and the US Copes30 March 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s coronavirus Roundup, read about impacts to rural Peru including a lack of access to clean water, how South Tyrol is using drones to enforce quarantine, and see how some glacier regions in the US are coping.
The Kailash Confluence was a travel and trade fair hosted in the Humla District in Nepal. The event was designed to encourage the preservation of the shared culture of Humla and Pulan County in TAR, China. The photo book of the event highlights religious traditions and the trade of local products.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we selected five of our favorite stories about women in the cryosphere: a Japanese woman who was the first woman to summit Mount Everest, a Qashqai activist who lost her life when Iran downed a Ukrainian Airliner earlier this year, an all-female Andean climbing team, a glacier-based educational program for young women, and AGU President and polar scientist Robin Bell.
Canadian bottled water company, Whistler Water, relies on its glacial spring source in company advertisements. With its water sourced from glaciers in the coastal mountain range, the company has created a natural, pure image for itself. However, the glaciers in this mountain range are shrinking rapidly.
Ice tongues are oddball characters of the cryosphere. At 43-miles long and up to 15 miles wide, Antarctica’s Drygalski Ice Tongue is the world’s largest. Despite facing the constant threat of licking by belligerent icebergs, it has managed to hang on for some 4,000 years.
Request for Submissions to the Global Report of Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge on Climate Change 202017 March 2020, by GlacierHub
The value of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge to addressing anthropogenic climate change is being increasingly recognized and integrated. This call for submissions will help inform contributions to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.
For this week’s Roundup we compiled the glacier regions affected by the novel coronavirus––including the Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Karakoram, Himalaya, Greenland, and Cascades––where the dislocation of remote glacier communities cuts both ways. Expeditions to Mount Everest have been suspended.
Glacier retreat in Washington State’s Cascade Mountain Range may threaten the irrigation of hops crops in the Yakima Valley, where a large portion of the global supply of hops, a key ingredient in beer production, are grown.