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Washington’s Volcanoes Are Experiencing Seismic Tremors from an Unlikely Source: Glaciers

At three Cascade Range volcanos, glacier movement is causing tremors that visitors and even people in nearby cities have been able to feel.

by |October 20, 2023

Science and Heritage: The Ice Memory Foundation’s Mission for the Planet

As climate change threatens an uncertain future, an international foundation is collecting and saving stories from the past in an unusual format: ice cores from disappearing glaciers that act as archives for both data and memories.

by Olivia Black |October 10, 2023

Chinese Scientists Are Combating a Glacier’s Melting By Covering It With a Blanket

Researchers at China’s Nanjing University are using a reflective blanket to stave off melting of the Dagu Glacier.

by Esha Karam |October 5, 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
mountain peaks partially covered with snow and ice

Glacial Melting in High Mountain Asia Has the Potential to Overwhelm Hydropower Systems

Flooding in the region threatens hydropower projects and the safety of downstream populations.

by |February 10, 2023

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