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See it while you can: A Peruvian national park capitalizes on glacier melt

25 June 2014, by

Ecotourists want to experience the power, beauty, and wonder of nature. But do they also want to be exposed to its fragility? Not long ago Peru’s Pastoruri glacier attracted around 100,000 visitors per year, but the number of tourists has dwindled as the glacier has shrunk. As it shrank, it divided into two smaller glaciers […]

Melting ice threatens to also disappear a small Nepal village

25 June 2014, by

I was growing impatient waiting for the village of Samzong to appear. After spending hours on horseback climbing over several mountain passes at 12,000 feet, my friend then pointed it out to me. I still could not find it. When I looked forward more carefully, I realized that Samzong had been in front of my […]

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In a small area of Nepal, it’s China that steps in to give aid

25 June 2014, by

Encroaching on its neighbor, China has been building roads and providing grain to Nepal. As most, if not all, Nepalese glaciers studied by scientists are shrinking, traditional ways of subsistence living has become increasingly difficult. With warming, lower snowfall and unpredictable weather patterns, the streams of glacial meltwater that supplies several Himalayan villages have disappeared. […]

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As the ice melts, communities ask: Should I stay or should I go now?

25 June 2014, by

As the global temperature increases, vulnerable communities seem to be faced with a choice: adapt or collapse. Migration is frequently proposed as an adaptation strategy, or in some cases, as an unavoidable outcome for communities lacking the capacity to change. Some researchers, however, have criticized this perspective, saying that it reflects an environmental determinism that […]

Climate change horror at the center of “Blood Glacier”

25 June 2014, by

At a remote climate change monitoring station high in the Austrian Alps, a group of climate scientists discovered a glacier oozing blood. This blood is highly mutagenic, transforming the creatures that come into contact with it into aggressive, terrifying monsters. “Blood Glacier”, an Austrian horror film, begins with the not-so-farfetched premise that melting glaciers will […]

Documentary “Snows of the Nile’ tracks disappearing Uganda glaciers

25 June 2014, by

Glaciers are melting everywhere, but none so much as the rare equatorial ones that lie on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda in east Africa. The new documentary Snows of the Nile follows Neil Losin and Nate Dappen, two scientists and photographers whose ambitious expedition is to return to the original sites […]

To prevent mining expansion, form your own country

25 June 2014, by

Chilean law does not recognize its 3,100 glaciers, leaving them with limited protection from industrial development. Most notably, the copper mining industry, which contributes 15 percent of the country’s $268.3 billion GDP, often encroaches on the glaciers, tapping water for operations, or dumping mining detritus on them. Recently, the state-owned Codelco proposed expansion of the […]

The Painting Is Our Desire for the Mountain: The glacier artwork of Rudolf Stingel

16 May 2014, by

Scientists have long used historical photographs of glaciers as a source of data. They provide evidence on the size of glaciers in the past, and in this way allow researchers to establish the pace of glacier retreat.  In recent years, an Italian artist—who grew up among glaciers himself—has found a new way to work with […]

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What a 2,600-year-old pine needle can tell us about the melting Alps

3 April 2014, by

The glaciers of the Alps are melting – and at twice the rate of other glaciers around the world. But what did those glaciers look like in the past? The retreat of glaciers can reveal important data about our climate’s past. High up in the eastern Alps, near the Swiss-Italian border, glaciologists are drilling into […]

At the Foot the Rockies, Tribes Make Tough Decisions

27 February 2014, by

In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains live the Native American Blackfoot tribes. Facing high unemployment, the tribe opened up their lands to oil and gas production to boast the local economy. The number of wells has grown since the fracking boom on the Great Plains, leading to concerns about this ecologically and culturally important […]

Rongbuk Mountains

15 February 2014, by

Growing up in exile and spending a majority of my life as a stateless refugee, I tried to deconstruct my identity through asking my parents about their experiences and stories. My mother was crucial in shaping my identity. Her stories always revolved around the Rongbuk Glacier. She was born raised in the shadows of the […]

Climate Refugees of Nepal Himalayas

15 February 2014, by

The ancient village of Samzong located inside Mustang district in northwestern Nepal Himalayas, is facing disappearance as acute water shortage for irrigation and livestock in the area is forcing the villagers to consider a future elsewhere. Samzong had once been the main port connecting the northern Tibetan civilization and the southern Indic neighbors. Cultural records […]