Glacial Outburst Floods in Greenland Discharge Mercury

25 March 2015, by

Mercury contamination has long been a threat to animal carnivores and human residents in the Arctic. Mercury exports from river basins to the ocean form a significant component of the Arctic mercury cycle, and are consequently of importance in understanding and addressing this contamination.  Jens Søndergaard of the Arctic Research Centre of Aarhus University, Denmark […]

Glacier Meeting in Kathmandu

24 March 2015, by

Kathmandu, a Nepalese valley with a rich cultural and religious history, was the venue for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia early this month. From March 1 to 6, 240 scientists from 26 countries gathered there to further interdisciplinary understanding of the science of glaciers, snowpack, and permafrost in the high-mountain Asia region—the Himalayan, […]

Roundup: Rock Avalanche, Melting Sound, Black Carbon

23 March 2015, by

Landslides on Glaciers “The chapter looks mainly at massive rock slope failures that generate high-speed, long- runout rock avalanches onto glaciers in high mountains, from subpolar through tropical latitudes. Drastic modifications of mountain landscapes and destructive impacts occur, and initiate other, longer-term hazards. Worst-case calamities are where mass flows continue into inhabited areas below the […]

Photo Friday: Alpine Photography by Fi Bunn

20 March 2015, by

Fiona Bunn, a landscape photographer and alpinist, has been traveling to the Alps for over 25 years. Her alpine photography work has been frequently shared on social media, including The Alpine Club as well as Zermatt Tourism. Her work was recently included in an exhibition for a second time at The Brick Lane Gallery in the Shoreditch district […]

Peruvian Demands Payment for Climate Change

19 March 2015, by

Peruvian farmer and mountaineering guide Saul Luciano Lliuya, and the town of Huaraz where he lives, long known as the “Switzerland of Peru,” may go down in climate-change history.

Mummified Bodies Discovered in Mountain Glacier

18 March 2015, by

A mummified frozen body resurfaced from a glacier on the Pico de Orizaba volcano, the highest mountain in Mexico, on February 28, 2015. A week later, Mexican officials stated that climbers found a second mummified body. Both bodies were covered by snow and glacier ice, and appeared to be decades old. Rescuers suspected that another […]

Health of Bees and Glaciers Linked

18 March 2015, by

The Tibetan plateau, the earth’s highest and largest plateau, sometimes called the “Roof of the World,”  and its immediately surrounding mountains contain the greatest diversity of bumblebee species in the globe. But, these little-studied populations may be threatened by climate change, new research shows. A paper, entitled “Bumblebees, climate and glaciers across the Tibetan plateau […]

Where Can Alpine Plants Hide from Global Warming?

17 March 2015, by

Environmental conditions, including climate, strongly influence the distribution of plant species. As temperatures continue to rise around the world, many people are concerned about the possible shifts in distribution of plant species, since plants are immobile, and many of them have a limited ability to disperse. These restrictions to changes in their distribution are particularly severe for […]

An image of a man taking a photo inside an ice cave

Roundup: New Museums, Ice Quakes, and Ice Caves

16 March 2015, by

Glaciarium – A New Museum Dedicated to Patagonian Glaciers Opens in Argentina “Designed as an environment that promotes knowledge and awakens the senses, Glaciarium seeks to emotionally move the visitor through noble visual and narrative resources . . .” Read More, here.   Calving Glaciers causing “Ice Quakes” Analysts at the Alaska Earthquake Center discovered that calving glaciers […]

Photo Friday: Salvatore Vitale

13 March 2015, by

Salvatore Vitale is an independent photographer from Switzerland who says he focuses on ” . . . the relationship between man’s identity and the influence he has on the construction of the space around him and vice versa.” Key entities within this space are the Swiss glaciers which Vitale has photographed in an ongoing project, titled “Topography of […]

Will Chile Get Its Five-Star Glacier Law?

12 March 2015, by

Chilean authorities and legislators agreed last week to a new framework for a law to protect thousands of melting glaciers in the towering Andes. The new proposal would safeguard glaciers inside of Chile’s national parks, but it’s not clear what protections would be offered to those glaciers that lie near some of the country’s major […]

New Route Up Mt. Everest

11 March 2015, by

Last year’s deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest in Nepal, which killed 16 Sherpas–mountaineering guides indigenous to the region–has led to new safety recommendations for both guides and tourists. The Nepalese authorities have ordered climbers to shift their path up the mountain, to avoid the route of last year’s disaster, according to Vice magazine. The new path […]