indigenous peoples Archives - State of the Planet

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A Pyramid on Everest, Caught in the Balance

Unsteady funding streams have caused Mount Everest’s “Pyramid” monitoring station to unravel at the seams. It may be an opportunity to re-envision the station’s purpose.

by |December 5, 2022

‘The Canary in the Coal Mine’: Most Olympic Peninsula Glaciers Will Disappear by 2070

A recent study projects that climate change will cause most glaciers on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to disappear by 2070, threatening water resources, ecosystems, and tourism.

by |November 11, 2022

Meet Victoria Hamilton From the Climate and Society Class of 2023

Victoria’s Indigenous heritage inspires her to preserve nature and speak up for marginalized communities.

by |August 5, 2022

Traditional Water Management Practices in Pakistan Threatened by Climate Change and Globalization

A practice used to manage glacial water resources that is central to cultures in northern Pakistan is facing enormous transformation in the modern day.

by |January 20, 2022

Paige West, Environmental Anthropologist, Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

A Q&A with the anthropologist, who plans to continue her work supporting Indigenous land stewardship in Papua New Guinea and is also working on a new book.

by |April 29, 2021
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Tracking the Impact of Climate Change in Alaska

Sea ice is rapidly melting off the northwest coast of Alaska, endangering the Indigenous population. Researchers joined forces with the local community to understand how climate change is affecting their region.

by Caroline Harting |April 28, 2021

Tidal Communities Make Their Case for Shaping Resilient Coastal Futures

A recent conversation focused on three coastlines where Indigenous and Black communities are caught between rising seas and societal and development threats on land.

by |March 29, 2021

All-Nepali Team Makes History With First Successful Winter Ascent of K2

The triumphant tale of 10 Nepali mountaineers’ pioneering winter ascent of the second highest mountain in the world stands apart from historic mountaineering narratives dominated by white men.

by |February 18, 2021
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Paige West Works to Uplift Indigenous Voices and Traditions in Papua New Guinea

Her work supporting Indigenous sovereignty over biodiversity was recently recognized by the Explorer Club on its list of 50 people who are changing the world.

by Sydney Williams |February 17, 2021

National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

A new study traces the political and economic forces that led to the creation and development of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

by |October 23, 2020