How to make a glacier in 10 easy steps

23 September 2014, by

We made a model glacier that we brought to the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21. It was easy. We invite others to make model glaciers too. If you discover any improvements on our system, please let us know. 1. Find some friends. It’s more fun if you work with others. 2. […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/22/14

22 September 2014, by

Tibetan glaciers have shrunk by 15 percent “The study attributes the retreat of glaciers and thawing of frozen earth to global warming, suggesting a significant impact on the water security of the subcontinent. Rivers such as the Brahmaputra have their source on the Tibetan plateau, where it flows as the Yarlung Zangbo before turning at […]

Photo Friday: A Song of Ice and Fire

19 September 2014, by

We’ve brought you plenty of posts and updates on the earthquakes and eruptions in Iceland over the past few weeks. The Iceland’s Institute of Earth Science recently published even more photos of researchers surveying Bárðarbunga from the air and from the ground from a variety of photographers. We’ve selected some of our favorites, but see the […]

Is a new Fern Gully in the making on a sub-Antarctic island?

18 September 2014, by

An unusual form of life was recently discovered on a glacier located on a remote island in the Southern Ocean. Signy Island is part of the sub-Antarctic South Orkney Islands, about 600 kilometers northeast of  the Antarctic Peninsula and 900 km southeast of Tierra del Fuego. The site of a former whaling station and the […]

Take a selfie with a glacier on Sunday

17 September 2014, by

Two teachers are preparing a model glacier, which they will bring to a major climate demonstration this weekend to illustrate the importance of glacier retreat as a climate change issue. The People’s Climate March will be held on Sunday 21 September. This large event comes just before the opening of the 2014-15 session of the […]

In wake of Everest deaths, many groups push for reform

16 September 2014, by

A major workshop late last month represents a significant change in the debates about climbing expeditions on Mount Everest, with significance across the Himalayas and beyond. The “Participatory Workshop on Roles, Responsibilities & Rights of Mountaineering Workers,” held on 29 and 30 August in Kathmandu, emerged from the unsettled outcome of the tragic accident of […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/15/14

15 September 2014, by

India’s diesel fumes fuel glacier melt “Kieran Cooke, has recently been in Kolkata, one of the country’s biggest and most polluted population centres: he says increasing pollution is not only harming Kolkata’s citizens – it’s also a likely contributor to climate change taking place in the Himalayan region…” Read more here.   Number of Alaska […]

Photo Friday: A visit to South Georgia (the island, not the state)

12 September 2014, by

“South Georgia has become one of ‘those’ places, so steeped in myth and magic that you wonder how a visit can live up to the stories. Happily the landscape shrugs off any human description. I’m still stunned after visiting for the first time and for just a few precious days, I certainly don’t have words […]

Icelandic Richard Branson touts pure water, but at a cost

11 September 2014, by

Icelandic businessman Jón Ólafsson has some bottled water he wants you to try that’s as clear as can be. In 2003, when Ólafsson owned 85 percent of all the music recorded in Iceland, he decided to call it quits from his telecom and media empire and try something new. Providing what might be one of […]

Traces of tourism at the Peru glacier are more than footprints

10 September 2014, by

Pastoruri Glacier in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca has gone through many different cycles. In the 1980s and well into the 1990s, in was a prime spot for tourism. Easily accessible in spite of its altitude above 5,000 meters, groups of skiers, backpackers, and high school spring breakers flocked to the icefields. In 2001, the glacier at […]

Craters have appeared on two glaciers in Iceland

9 September 2014, by

The recent volcano eruptions in Iceland have created enormous circular depressions in two of the country’s glaciers. These dramatic features, which differ from each other in their origins and shape, are visible from the air. A reconnaissance flight over Bárðar­bunga, the volcano where the first earthquakes were detected last month, shows that the ice over […]

Glacier stories you may have missed – 9/08/14

8 September 2014, by

Glacier Landslide Blocks Traffic between Russia and Georgia/Armenia   “On 20th August, another landslide occurred at the same site, once again blocking the Dariali Gorge.  This landslide, which is reported to have originated at the glacier, is reported to have been larger..”   Read more here. Chilean Government Pressured Over Glacier Law “Chilean NGOs and […]