GlacierHub Archives - State of the Planet

Ice Stupas Have Become a Popular Water Management Tool in the Himalayas. But Can They Work in Chile?

An innovative project led by Chilean engineers tests an Indigenous Himalayan technology in a new place. It has faced unique sociopolitical challenges.

by |July 7, 2023
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Landmark International Report: Current Emissions Path Threatens Two Billion People in Hindu Kush Himalayas

New international assessment finds emissions and climate policy falls short in the high mountain regions of Asia, threatening billions of people and species in the area.

by |June 20, 2023
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Melting Ice and Rising Sea Levels: Why 2 Degrees Celsius Is Too High

At a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change side event in early June, representatives from several countries discussed the urgent need to address global loss of water and sea-level rise.

by Amy Imdieke |June 12, 2023

Sediments That Tell a Story: Patagonian Ice Field Sediment Cores Reveal Glacial Waxing and Waning Over Thousands of Years

A recent study uses a sediment core to reconstruct paleoclimate in the early and middle Holocene and Neoglacial periods.

by |May 5, 2023
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First ‘Worlds at Waste’ Conference Takes an Interdisciplinary Look at Water in South Asia

From glaciers and landslides to displacement and flooding, two Columbia University professors broke down academic silos and reflected on water issues.

by |April 19, 2023

“Urgency. Gravity. Hope.” World’s Top Climate Report Highlights Dire Need for Climate Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s assessment report issues catastrophic warning if immediate climate action is not taken by governments across the globe.

by |March 23, 2023
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How an Adventurous Schoolteacher in the Washington Backcountry Launched the Pacific Crest Trail

New investigations bring the trail’s originator, Catherine Montgomery, into focus nearly a century later.

by |March 21, 2023

Cordilleran Ice Sheet Retreat Caused Volcanic Eruptions, Deoxygenation Events 10,000 Years Ago

New research shows that retreat of an ice sheet in the Pacific Northwest led to many volcanic explosions and ocean areas with low oxygen that threatened the health of marine ecosystems.

by |March 8, 2023

The Quest to Redesign Washington’s State Flag — and Honor Its Natural Landscape

With imagery representing Puget Sound, the Cascade Ranges, and expansive orchards, a new state flag seeks to foster both pride and preservation.

by Pria Mahadevan and Emily Denny |March 2, 2023

A Hidden World: Nighttime Photography in Greenland

Photographer Steven Giovinco shared his thoughts on the creative process behind his images on display in a new exhibition, ‘On The Arctic Edge’.

by |March 1, 2023