Life Blooms in Tiny Cities at the Surface of Glaciers

10 December 2014, by

You might think glaciers would be hostile to life. But small water-filled holes at the surfaces of glaciers called cryoconite holes contain diverse collections of organisms. Like individual cities in a continent of ice, each hole contains its own distinct population of creatures. Some scientists believe glaciers should be considered a separate biome given the unique […]

Roundup: Glaciovolcanic Mars, Columbia Retreat, Students Lured with Cash

8 December 2014, by

More Evidence to Prove Existence of Ice-Volcanoes on Mars             “We conclude that glaciovolcanic landforms are abundant in the Arsia Mons fan-shaped deposit. These include landforms interpreted as subglacial pillow sheets larger than any known on Earth.” Read more in Icarus.   Columbia Glacier is Rapidly Retreating: Find out Why […]

Killing Rats to Save Birds as Glaciers Recede

5 December 2014, by

The biggest island-based rat-killing operation in history is under way on South Georgia, an island north of Antarctica and east of the Falklands. The island was once one of the richest seabird breeding territories in the world, but bird populations fell into severe decline after rats arrived aboard sealing and whaling ships in the 19th […]

Photo Friday: COP20 – Voices for Climate

5 December 2014, by

The Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is happening in Lima, Peru since December 1st, 2014, which will end on December 12, 2014. It gathered about 15,000 people, who represent 195 countries and stakeholders, to negotiate and shape the contribution they will give to […]

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 […]