Meeting at COP21 Seeks Coordination of Glacier Countries

10 December 2015, by

Eighteen people, representing seven small mountain countries, gathered on 8 December at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris to discuss glacier retreat and its consequences. They reviewed the issues that they considered most serious and considered the possibility of forming an international organization of glacier countries. This meeting included representatives from Tajikistan, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, […]

UNESCO Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

9 December 2015, by

UNESCO held a conference on indigenous people and climate change on 26-27 November in Paris, as a lead-up to COP21, the major annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UNESCO conference, entitled “Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous peoples and climate change,” drew over 60 speakers and an audience of […]

At COP21, Afghanistan’s Adaptive Capacity Remains a Concern

8 December 2015, by

Ahead of the Paris conference on climate change in December 2015, conflict-ridden Afghanistan submitted its climate action plan in October to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The plan’s assessment of the country’s capacity to adapt to climate change and the associated challenges of doing so clearly outline genuine concerns that potentially may impact the livelihoods […]

Roundup: Gloomy Glaciologist, Icy Blasts, and New Models

7 December 2015, by

Glaciologist Causes Chills with Not So Icy Predictions “How does being the one to look at the grim facts of climate change most intimately, day in and day out, affect a person? Is Box representative of all of the scientists most directly involved in this defining issue of the new century? How are they being […]

Photo Friday: Perito Moreno Glacier

4 December 2015, by

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia. The tourists can view the glacier from a small boat. Lucky visitors also could witness huge chunks of ice breaking from the […]

Georgia: Glaciers and Geopolitics

3 December 2015, by

Glaciers in the Republic of Georgia have seen a 16 percent decline over the last 150 years, according to a new chapter in the World Regional Geography Book Series which describes this country, located in the Caucasus Mountains. The melting of glaciers has also resulted in fragmentation as larger glaciers are broken up into smaller ones (786 […]

Tibet’s Melting Glaciers; The World’s Leaky Roof

2 December 2015, by

Tibet is often referred to as the roof of the world, since it is the world’s largest and highest plateau. The lead-up to the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, or COP21, created a push to make Tibet a central part of the discussions, even though it does not have direct representation there. Though some countries, such […]

The ‘Blue Gold’ Rush in Tibet

1 December 2015, by

Earlier in October, the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China released a 10-year plan to spur the companies across the country to invest in bottled water industry by tapping the Himalayan glaciers in Tibet’s already environmentally sensitive region, according a recent report. Tibet is embracing its new ‘blue gold’ rush era. The government’s target […]

Roundup: A Glacier Made of People, A Lake and a Thaw

30 November 2015, by

Global climate march 2015 – in pictures On the eve of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris, campaigners around the world from Melbourne to London are marching to demand action. In Germany, demonstrators dressed in white to appear as a glacier. Read more about the story, click here.   Lakes expanding ‘dangerously’ […]

Photo Friday: Malaspina Glacier as Seen From Space

27 November 2015, by

The Malaspina Glacier, in Southeastern Alaska, is the largest piedmont glacier on Earth.

Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand Glacier

26 November 2015, by

A helicopter flying over the Fox Glacier in New Zealand crashed during bad weather last weekend, killing all seven passengers. Four of the victims were British tourists and two were Australian. The pilot, who had 3,000 hours of flying experience, was from New Zealand. The main body of the helicopter was found crushed between blocks of […]

A Swiss Exhibit You Can’t Miss

25 November 2015, by

Swiss Glacier Museum has stunning new “Glaciers of the World” exhibit.