Last month, fifty-year old Lewis Pugh swam one kilometer across a supraglacial lake atop Langhovde Glacier in East Antarctica. He wore nothing but a Speedo, a swim cap and goggles.
Researchers at the Climate Change Institute used a new high-resolution laser technology to analyze ice from the Colle Gnifetti Glacier in the Alps. This technology allowed the team to trace the history of Saharan dust events as well as the atmospheric conditions that promote them. They predict that climate change will intensify Saharan dust storms, worsening regional air quality and speeding glacial melt.
Roundup: Bernie Wins First Glacier State Caucus, A Cryosphere Congressional Hearing, and Using Drones to Monitor Ice Flow24 February 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, the first glacier state to caucus in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary votes for Bernie Sanders, a congressional hearing focuses on the cryosphere, and unmanned aerial vehicles prove effective at ice flow monitoring.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron took the tram from the Alpine village of Chamonix up to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, to pay homage to the legendary massif and reflect on the toll climate change is exacting on its great glacier, the Mer de Glace.
With 7,253 glaciers, Pakistan has more area under ice cover than any other country in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. With a new long term monitoring program, the nation will start observing them.
Heidi Steltzer and Pamela McElwee recently testified in front of Congress to discuss the findings of the two recently published IPCC reports, in which glaciers and the Earth’s changing cryosphere figure prominently.
In this week’s Roundup, don’t miss the Climate Confession by planetary scientist Jeff Kargel, a tragic avalanche on a glaciated mountain in Turkey, and Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s prestigious new environment award; The Earthshot Prize.
On February 2, 1962, Humble Oil & Refining Company published an advertisement in LIFE magazine that read: EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!
The novel coronavirus—officially known as COVID-19—is gaining altitude. The mysterious flu-like respiratory illness is creeping into the country’s mountainous western provinces high on the Tibetan Plateau. While the number of cases in these areas still remains low, there has been a slow uptick in infections in recent days.
“I like to see the fluid nature of the ice.” Glaciologist Mark Fahnestock narrates a time-lapse video by NASA, which captured decades of ice movement on Earth’s glaciers.