Photo Friday: Glaciers from above

18 July 2014, by

  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this picture of the space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-132 mission as it flew over a glacier in Chile and Argentina. (NASA) The Siachen glacier as seen in 2011. The 76 km long glacier is sometimes called a “white snake”.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/elmote/5750859702/in/set-72157634214800377

In Chile, glaciers and dams become political footballs

15 July 2014, by

Glaciers, an unlikely political player in Latin America, had a major part to play in one of the most striking victories for the environmental movement in South America. Last month, a committee of ministers in Chile voted to cancel the permit of the massive HidroAysen project located in southern Chile that had sought to construct […]

New book measures changes in China’s glaciers

14 July 2014, by

In far northwestern China, in the province of Xinjiang, the Altai, Pamir, Kunlun, and Karakorum mountain ranges rise massively out of the earth, creating peaks that rival their famous neighbor to the south, the Himalayas. The mountains are home to some 18,000 glaciers, which have sustained the famous steppe nomadic hordes of antiquity with their […]

Photo Friday: Banff National Park

11 July 2014, by

Founded in 1885, Banff National Park in Alberta is Canada’s oldest national park. Flickr user Adam Fagan features pictures of his 2012 trip to the national park. Photo Friday highlights photo essays and collections from areas with glaciers. If you have photos you’d like to share, let us know in the comments, by Twitter @glacierhub or […]

The glaciers win in “Snowpiercer”, but at what cost?

10 July 2014, by

Remember when Godzilla used to be scary? Climate change horror seems to be the new go-to disaster for Hollywood films as of late. Unlike giant floods, tornados or even Godzilla, the world freezing over affects everyone at once. There might be an escape from a giant atomic lizard, but when the temperatures change, there’s nothing […]

Privatizing the world’s tallest peaks

9 July 2014, by

While the rise in commercial mountaineering has been generating valuable income for Nepal, it has also resulted in pollution and local disturbance. Now the Nepalese tourism ministry is planning to lease exclusive access to many of its highest mountains to private tourism companies. The government claims that the privatization of the mountains is necessary so […]

Researchers turn to geoengineering to save Chile’s glaciers

2 July 2014, by

When you think of geoengineering, you may be imagining huge mirrors in space, or iron filings being dumped into the ocean. Geoengineering, though, can occur on a smaller scale. Some researchers are proposing small-scale fixes as in an effort to save some of Chile’s 3,100 glaciers. Cedomir Marangunic, a glaciologist in Chile, saw the retreat […]

If you build (an artificial glacier), they will come

25 June 2014, by

The concept of geoengineering artificial glaciers is starting to gain traction among glacier communities around the world. Advocates recently hosted a presentation on “Artificial Glaciers in the Northwest” The presentation, delivered in April 2014 in Hood River, Oregon by Emily Smith and Tom Bennett of Portland State University, discussed the possibility of importing those techniques […]

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/74150000/jpg/_74150702_siachen_lores_04.jpg

At the world’s highest battleground, India and Pakistan fight over a glacier

25 June 2014, by

The highest battleground in the world is over an un-demarcated glacier in the Himalaya’s Karakoram range. For three decades, India and Pakistan’s military dispute has incuded the militarization and control of Siachen glacier. Amid calls of demilitarization of the area from Pakistan and international actors, the Indian government has vowed to continue supporting the armed […]

https://www.flickr.com/photos/benpaarmann/249110323/in/photolist-buLEop-8fDXBg-fMfisW-o1KPz-o1KE4-o1KBZ-baAmog-dhQtZU-9npepn-9nsgT9-9nsgFh-9npeHr-9nsgyh

Afghanistan’s newest national park is bigger than Yellowstone

25 June 2014, by

Amid war-torn Afghanistan, the glaciers that isolated the locals for centuries are now attracting tourists. Earlier this year, officials designated the Wakhan District in the Pamir Mountains as the country’s second national park, bringing more outsiders to the remote region. National parks were first proposed in Afghanistan in the 1960s. However, due to decades of […]

https://www.flickr.com/photos/inyucho/8059915843/

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 […]