As Peru’s Glacier Vanish, Villagers Appeal To The Gods

17 December 2014, by

In October 2011, while I was conducting ethnographic research on water and climate change in southern Peru’s Colca Valley, I was invited to join the villagers of Pinchollo on a hike up to the point at the foot of a glacier where meltwater starts flowing down towards the village. There, we offered a gift to […]

Public Event On The Anthropocene In New York On Thursday

16 December 2014, by

GlacierHub’s editor Ben Orlove and two other anthropologists will be speaking this Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. This event is a roundtable on the Anthropocene, the term describing the new epoch that has just begun, one where humans have major impacts on the planet’s ecosystems. Geologists can observe the […]

Roundup: Glacier Ed, New Glacier Group, Measuring Xinjiang Ice

15 December 2014, by

Educating the Public about Glaciers at a Park in Peru “Peru, the host country for this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions in the Americas. But scientists said it is among countries which will be most impacted by climate hazards. To educate the public, one […]

Glacier Archaeology Comes of Age

12 December 2014, by

Have you heard of Ötzi? One of the world’s best-preserved mummies, he immediately became an archaeological sensation when he came to light in 1991, and new details of his story have been surfacing in scientific journals, magazines, television programs and on the radio ever since—Radiolab dedicated an entire episode to Ötzi just last year. A […]

Photo Friday: Mt. Baker

12 December 2014, by

We offer these photos from Barnstorming as a gift in this holiday season. The site’s manager speaks of  faithful stewardship–a principle that resonates with us at GlacierHub. These photos feature Mt. Baker in the North Cascades of Washington State in U.S.  [slideshow_deploy id=’2163′]   Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you […]

Glaciers Play Starring Role in COP20 Climate Conference

11 December 2014, by

Glaciers play at least three different roles at COP20, the global climate conference taking place in Lima, Peru. The COP20 is the largest meeting this year of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The 192 member countries of the […]

Life Blooms in Tiny Cities at the Surface of Glaciers

10 December 2014, by

You might think glaciers would be hostile to life. But small water-filled holes at the surfaces of glaciers called cryoconite holes contain diverse collections of organisms. Like individual cities in a continent of ice, each hole contains its own distinct population of creatures. Some scientists believe glaciers should be considered a separate biome given the unique […]

Roundup: Glaciovolcanic Mars, Columbia Retreat, Students Lured with Cash

8 December 2014, by

More Evidence to Prove Existence of Ice-Volcanoes on Mars             “We conclude that glaciovolcanic landforms are abundant in the Arsia Mons fan-shaped deposit. These include landforms interpreted as subglacial pillow sheets larger than any known on Earth.” Read more in Icarus.   Columbia Glacier is Rapidly Retreating: Find out Why […]

Killing Rats to Save Birds as Glaciers Recede

5 December 2014, by

The biggest island-based rat-killing operation in history is under way on South Georgia, an island north of Antarctica and east of the Falklands. The island was once one of the richest seabird breeding territories in the world, but bird populations fell into severe decline after rats arrived aboard sealing and whaling ships in the 19th […]

Photo Friday: COP20 – Voices for Climate

5 December 2014, by

The Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is happening in Lima, Peru since December 1st, 2014, which will end on December 12, 2014. It gathered about 15,000 people, who represent 195 countries and stakeholders, to negotiate and shape the contribution they will give to […]

A conference expands the debate over hydropower in Bhutan

3 December 2014, by

Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that […]

Disappearing Glaciers, an Artist-Activist’s Muse

2 December 2014, by

Diane Burko has an appetite for ice. For nearly a decade she has been documenting the disappearance of glaciers from the earth in large-scale series of paintings and photographs. Burko considers herself not just a landscape artist, but a landscape activist. Her two most recent projects, entitled Politics of Snow and Polar Investigations, have been […]