Roundup: CLIMATE CONFESSION, Turkey Avalanches, and Announcing The Earthshot Prize

A Planetary Scientist Admits He Was Wrong

Planetary scientist and glaciologist Jeff Kargel was thinking about climate change on Earth without enough consideration for irreversible changes––he wants you to know what he now understands. “My confession is that the signs and the models were in place by 2005, but I was still thinking in gradualistic terms. I was not thinking about abruptly changing behaviors of the gigantic currents of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. In 2005, I thought that climate change was gradual and readily manageable. I was wrong. I didn’t consider nonlinear effects— the tipping points— that climate change would have on individual components of the Earth system.”

Read the full admission by Jeff Kargel on GlacierHub here.

Imja Lake, Nepal, and its natural end moraine dam (Source: Jeff Kargel).

Province in Turkey Hit by Multiple Avalanches

Turkey’s Van Province suffered a series of devastating natural disasters the first week of February, with two avalanches occurring within 24 hours of each other. The avalanches were triggered in the same area near a highway outside of the town of Bahcesaray. The first avalanche struck on February 4 and the second followed on February 5. The Turkish Natural Disaster and Crisis Directorate announced the following day that the death toll had climbed to 41 with nearly 100 others injured.

Read the story by Zoë Klobus on GlacierHub here.

‘The Most Prestigious’ Environment Prize In History

In October 2019, GlacierHub reported on Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s visit to a remote Pakistani village, Bumburet, in the Hindu Kush to view the Chiatibo Glacier––the first time the couple had seen a melting glacier. Less than three months later, on the eve of the New Year 2020, the couple announced The Earthshot Prize, which is being called “the most prestigious environment prize in history.”

Read the story by Ecowatch here and see the short clip, narrated by David Attenborough, below.

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