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 […]

Roundup: Dangerous Peak, NASA Mapping, Lady Bootleggers

1 December 2014, by

Glacier Peak for Volcano Monitoring “EVERETT, Wash. — The U.S. Geological Survey has decided to keep a closer eye on the slumbering giant in Snohomish County’s wild, scenic back yard. A new study in underway for Glacier Peak, one of the most dangerous but least monitored volcanoes in the country. Scientists are working to map Glacier […]

Major Conference Attracts Continuing Attention to Black Carbon

28 November 2014, by

This past month, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Nepalese Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment hosted the International Conference on Mountain People Adapting to Climate Change. The large attendance and extensive coverage of this conference brought a great deal of attention for the Hindu Kush Himalaya region and its specific […]

A picture of Mt Ararat from Yerevan

Photo Friday: A Glacier from the Cradle of Civilization

28 November 2014, by

At the convergence of modern-day Turkey, Armenia, and Iran sits Mount Ararat, which is actually two peaks. The higher of the pair, “Great Ararat,” sits more than five thousand meters above sea level, and is home to a glacier on its crown. Due to its visible presence in one of the longest-inhabited regions of the world, Mt. Ararat […]

Glacier Water Now In A Vodka Near You

27 November 2014, by

Are you there vodka? It’s me, glacial water. Protected for centuries from pollutants in the air and sea, water from glaciers has sprung up in a new market: liquor. “It’s the notion that it’s kind of untouched by human hands,” Beverage World editor in chief Jeff Cioletti told Outside Magazine in 2013, “you can’t get […]

Roundup: Glacier Rescue Squad, Juneau Warning, Austrian Inventory

24 November 2014, by

Rescued From the Land of Fire and Ice “Every year 600 to 700 people, most of them tourists, are rescued from Iceland’s unforgiving countryside. Swept away by the Arctic nation’s beauty, they underestimate its terrain and rapidly shifting weather. …These unfortunates as well as my group were all saved by the Icelandic Association for Search and […]

The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

21 November 2014, by

You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral […]

Photo Friday: A Visit To Amdo, Tibet

21 November 2014, by

Khashem Gyal is a photographer who recently documented residents of Amdo, Tibet, located in the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau in the series included here. Amdo’s glaciers are the source of Asia’s major rivers including the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong rivers. Gyal is one of the core members of Plateau Photographers, a participatory multimedia project […]

Going to Extremes: Glacier Boarding, a New Sport

19 November 2014, by

As glaciers the world over melt, some adventure athletes are turning the ice into an extreme playground—and bringing along photographers to record their exploits. One of the new sports they are trying is called glacier boarding, but what that means exactly may depend on who you ask. In Switzerland, canyon guides Claude-Alain Gailland and Gilles Janin […]

Roundup: Measuring Ice, Alpine Lakes’s Biota, Risky Glacier Trek, IceBridge

17 November 2014, by

How much ice is left underneath Alaska’s glaciers “Scientists are trekking across Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park in Alaska, dragging a sled with ground-penetrating radar equipment over the ice. Their mission: reconstruct this glacier’s history and find out how much time these icy giants have left. “So what we’re interested in doing is looking […]

For An Alien World, Look No Further Than Iceland

15 November 2014, by

After hundreds of years, the Svinafellsjokull Glacier is ready for its close-up. The Icelandic glacier has a starring role in Interstellar, the sci-fi movie about a team of astronauts lead by Matthew McConaughey that travel to a distant planet in search of a new home for the human race as the Earth becomes uninhabitable. The […]