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COP27 and Its Outcomes for Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz journalist reflects on COP27 and its results for Kyrgyzstan.

by Baktygul Chynybaeva |February 2, 2023

Covering Glaciers With Blankets to Hide the Ice — and the Real Problem

Glacier-saving campaigns are becoming more popular as ice across the globe disappears at an alarming pace. A new analysis examines the actors, motives, and implications of these campaigns in the fight against climate change.

by |January 13, 2023

Reflections on Visits to Pakistan

A conservation biologist writes about his trips to Pakistan over the last 30 years, reflecting on challenges, growth, and connections made over time.

by Marc Foggin |November 30, 2022

Understanding Ice With Lasers: New Tool Helps Researchers Study Remote Glaciers

Researchers at the University of Oregon have created a portable tool that uses lasers to study glacier retreat in remote areas that are typically difficult to reach.

by |October 18, 2022

Study Upsets Models of How Lake Drainage Within Glaciers May Influence Sea Level

Sudden plunges of lake waters from glacial surfaces to ice-sheet beds may not speed up the movement of Greenland’s tidewater glaciers, as previously thought.

by |October 14, 2022

How the Rejected Chilean Constitution Would Have Protected Glaciers

In early September, Chileans voted against adopting a new constitution that, among other wide-ranging provisions, would have provided greater protections for the country’s glaciers.

by Marcos Mendoza |October 6, 2022
polar bear on sea ice

During Low-Ice Seasons, Some Polar Bears Are Turning to Glacier Ice

As warming temperatures melt Arctic sea ice, glaciers act as supplemental habitat for a group of southeast Greenland polar bears looking to hunt during the low-ice season.

by |July 29, 2022

Global Review Assesses Hydropower’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

A new study analyzes the impacts of climate change and variations in water availability on the hydropower sector, a key source of cost-effective renewable energy for many countries around the world.

by |July 28, 2022
A photograph of the Eastern Ice Field

‘Make Scientists Artists Again:’ Photographer Ian van Coller on Reimagining Glacier Retreat

His new book reinterprets photographs from a 2016 expedition to Kilimanjaro’s glaciers, looks at the relationship between art and science, and documents loss caused by climate change.

by |July 12, 2022

Space Glaciers: Carbon Dioxide Ice Forms Glaciers on Mars

A modeling study recently found that the carbon dioxide ice deposits at the South Pole of Mars flow as glaciers do, highlighting the importance of understanding ice in outer space.

by |July 11, 2022