Glacier Hugging becomes the new tree hugging. A climate scientist recently posted an image of himself hugging a glacier to his personal Twitter feed. The delightful photo was taken at Portage Glacier in Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Discharge from Arctic tidewater glaciers create the perfect foraging habitat for seabirds. Researchers have been following the foraging behavior of two types of Arctic seabirds that feed near the edges of these glaciers as the climate changes.
In 2013 the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian high Arctic surged forward. Scientists believe the video taken in the subsequent years is the first look at the transition of a cold-based glacier to ice stream.
A new book by photographer Chris Burkard and storyteller Matt McDonald advocates for the creation of a new national park covering most of Iceland’s Highland region.
Roundup: The Hydropower Potential In Glacier Retreat, A Glacier Children’s Book, and How Glaciers Affect Kyrgyz Pasture Selection20 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about the hydropower potential in glacier-free basins, a new children’s book featuring the life of a glacial erratic, and how glaciers figure in to Kyrgyz pasture selection.
A recently published article examines the contributions of the Bergfilm- or “mountain film”- to contemporary environmental views. The article specifically reviews two films by German geologist and cinematographer, Arnold Fanck.
The eruption launched plumes of ash and smoke 20,000 feet into the air and could be seen from space. No one was injured, although authorities are still warning people to stay away from the grumbling behemoth because of possible falling fragments and ash.
Ghanimat Azhdari, a member of the Qashqai nomadic people of southwestern and central Iran, spent her life researching and promoting Indigenous-driven conservation efforts throughout Central Asia and the world. She perished on January 8, 2020 when Iranian security forces mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines jetliner, killing all on board.
Roundup: Iceland Tourism Unconcerned by Warming, The World’s Water Towers, Alpinism Recognized by UNESCO13 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about a study that found Iceland’s glacier tour operators are unconcerned with climate change, a major study on the world’s water towers, and UNESCO recognizes alpinism as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Twitter profile Canadian Paintings showcases a variety of paintings by Canadian artists from past and current centuries. Among the artwork reproduced on this feed are images of glaciers and mountain environments. Canadian landscapes are particularly highlighted.
Andreas Kääb says we need to understand how glaciers are shrinking in order to better adapt to climate change impacts such as changes to water supply, landslides and avalanches.