Glaciers Provide Insight on Norse Migration

29 December 2015, by

Recent research on the dynamics of glaciers in the Arctic over the last millennium has altered understandings of climate history and of human migrations in this inhospitable region. Glaciers in Baffin Island and western Greenland reached their maximum extent during the time of Medieval Warm Period,  roughly 950-1250,  instead of the Little Ice Age of the sixteenth through […]

Roundup: Students, Seals and Skiers Visit Glaciers

28 December 2015, by

Survival of a Tropical Glacier A glacier in the Peruvian Andes is shrinking more slowly than was previously thought. Careful examination of long-term satellite images is the key. Previous research has not separated snow and ice as accurately. William Kochtitzky, a student from Dickinson College, presented a poster about glacial changes on Peru’s Nevado Coropuna […]

Norway’s Gift to Finland: A Mountain and a Snowfield

24 December 2015, by

Norway may present its neighbor Finland with an unusual gift: a mountain 1331 meters in elevation, with a permanent snowfield at its top. This peak, Halti, lies a few hundred meters on the Norwegian side of the boundary between the countries.  Though it is small by Norwegian standards—it does not appear on the ranking of […]

Peru Faces Tensions Over Water

23 December 2015, by

Peru will face a “new normal” as greater agricultural and energy demands, population growth and climate change chip away at what is left of its glaciers, according to a recent article in the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Glacial retreat could ultimately lead to conflict in the country, the author found. “Peru offers an early […]

Do Village Traditions Trump Adaptation?

22 December 2015, by

The village of Manang, high in the Himalayas in Nepal, is using economic diversification to stave off the effects of climate change, but will soon reach a point where more adaptation is needed, Katie Konchar and her coauthors warned in a new study in the Journal of Ethnobiology. The team used semi-structured interviews and innovative photography […]

Roundup: Photographers, skiers and pollen-counters

21 December 2015, by

Landscape photographer uncovers the beauty of mother nature “Mother Nature’s show is fickle, fleeting and often demanding. As an emerging landscape photographer, I am quickly learning the emergency-of-now; how once-in-a-lifetime moments are immediately lost if not acted upon. There is no safe, warm studio to snuggle up in and no way to get the content without being […]

Photo Friday: Mt. Kilimanjaro

18 December 2015, by

The UN designated December 11th as International Mountain Day. This year, at COP 21, a side event was held, ‘International Mountain Day: Celebrating International Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Environments – from Rio to Lima to Paris In honor of this celebration of mountains, this week’s Photo Friday features images of Mount Kilimanjaro, […]

The IPCC’s Himalayan Error Sheds Light on Peer Review

17 December 2015, by

The IPCC’s 2007 publishing of an erroneous prediction of Himalayan glacier disappearance is used as a case study on the peer review process in science.

The Paris Agreement Offers Some Good News for Glaciers

16 December 2015, by

The 195 countries which took part in COP21 reached consensus on 12 December, bringing the Paris Agreement into being. This accord, in which nearly all nations have stated their specific goals (“nationally determined contributions” or NDCs) in reducing emissions, has been widely acclaimed as a positive step in addressing climate change. With its attention to transparency […]

Life on the Edge: The Science of Glaciers that Meet Oceans

15 December 2015, by

How important is glacier melt to sea level rise?

Roundup: A Big March, High Futures, and GREAT ICE

14 December 2015, by

Worldwide Climate March, in Photos “On the eve of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris, campaigners around the world from Melbourne to London are marching to demand action.” See more pictures of the climate march from around the world Call to Mountains “By promoting policies in favour of ecosystem-based adaptation in […]

Photo Friday: Ice Watch at Place du Panthéon, Paris for COP21

11 December 2015, by

The Ice Watch is an artwork by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing on the occasion of COP21 – the meeting of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. There are twelve immense blocks of ice, harvested from free-floating icebergs in a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, arranged in clock formation on the Place du […]