Roundup: Coronavirus Update from Peru, Tajikistan

4 May 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, many US states allow ‘stay home’ orders to expire. Meanwhile, in the glacier state of Peru the virus continues its upward trajectory and in Tajikistan, in the Pamirs of Central Asia, the virus has made a sudden impact.

Photo Friday: Ecuadorian Photographer Highlights Country’s Glaciers

1 May 2020, by

Nature photographer David Villacrés often features the Ecuadorian Andes in his work. Glaciers atop mountains and volcanoes in the Andes are beginning to shrink, reducing the water supply for neighboring communities. Check out Villacrés’ Twitter feed for a glimpse into Ecuador’s natural environment.

As The Climate Shifts A Border Moves

30 April 2020, by

Italy’s northern border shifts with the melting of the glaciers after a pair of agreements created the novel concept of the moving border. As the effects of climate change have manifested, the border has moved significantly. Even though the distances in question are not large, this case from two EU countries tests conceptions of what a border is.

Video of the Week: Measuring Mass Balance on an Austrian Glacier

29 April 2020, by

Glacier mass balance is an indicator of a glacier’s overall health. In this week’s Video of the Week researchers document the process of recording the mass balance of Multwitzkees glacier in the Austrian Alps.

Fogo Island’s Icebergs

28 April 2020, by

Bonnie McCay was on her brief annual stay at her Newfoundland home in early March when coronavirus shut the world down. After spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, the sea ice melted and it wasn’t long before icebergs began showing up off Fogo Island.

Roundup: Glacier Regions Coronavirus Update From Ecuador, Pakistani Karakoram, the Caucasus, and the US

27 April 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, food security issues crop up in Pakistani Karakoram as workers return, while the frustration of farmers mounts in Ecuador and Georgia. Ramazan began last week, presenting a new challenge for countries with significant Muslim populations tempted to gather.

Photo Friday: A Digital Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Mount Everest

24 April 2020, by

While Nepal is most known for its breathtaking views of glacial peaks, mountaineers know that undeniable beauty lies along the trails as well. Those lucky enough to explore the mountainsides this season may be curious about the names and stories behind the foliage — and those locked in place due to Covid-19 may be itching to virtually explore the nature of this beautiful landscape. Luckily, there’s an app for that!

Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Center of Mounting Controversy

23 April 2020, by

Tensions are brewing over the management and preservation of the Dolomites, a mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Italy. Mountain Wilderness, a non-profit, exposing the difficulties of maintaining a tourism-dominated economy in a region pressured to preserve its natural environment.

Video of the Week: GlacierHub Celebrates Earth Day 50th Anniversary

22 April 2020, by

In this week’s Video of the Week, as the world turns to virtual Earth Day celebrations to honor the 50th anniversary, GlacierHub’s editorial staff share what Earth Day means to them and their top pick for favorite story researched.

Does Debris Cover Offset Glacier Retreat In The Greater Caucasus?

21 April 2020, by

An analysis of debris-covered glaciers in the Caucasus found an increase of supra-glacial debris on all of the nearly 700 glaciers examined. Those with debris melted slower, suggesting debris may partially offset glacier mass loss.

Roundup: Glacier Regions Coronavirus Update From Italy, Ecuador, and Pakistan

20 April 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a stirring journal entry from an editor of a media outlet in the Italian Alps, a series of tweets from Ecuador show the difficulty of aid distribution and burial of the dead, and in Pakistan glacier communities are praised for their social distancing while testing is disproportionate across the nation.

Photo Friday: Outlet Glaciers of Greenland

17 April 2020, by

Each August a team of earth scientists and polar engineers make a routine maintenance trip to Greenland to keep a network of sensors functioning in one of the planet’s most inhospitable climates. They took photos along the way, we shared them.