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When COVID-19 Quarantines Ancestral Andean Rituals

Virtual Indigenous ceremonies reveal the strong bond between mountain communities and their Inca roots.

by |June 24, 2020
ice core replica with glacier in background

Glaciers May Record the Story of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Reductions in human emissions and changes in atmospheric composition during the coronavirus pandemic might be observed in future glacial ice cores.

by |June 18, 2020
person standing near crevasse in greenland ice sheet

Glaciers Preserve Our History. We Must Defend Them.

In a century or two, future generations will be able to ‘read’ the pandemic chapter in ice cores — if glaciers still exist then.

by Marco Tedesco |June 15, 2020

Balls of Moss Travel in Herds Atop Some Glaciers and We Don’t Know Why

A new study raises intriguing questions about these green balls of vegetation that travel in unison across glacier surfaces.

by |June 12, 2020

A New Glacier Website From the Austrian Alps

OGGM-Edu offers a variety of educational tools and materials, including interactive apps, graphics and images, adaptable notebooks, and tutorials.

by |June 11, 2020

New Study Supports Universal Glacier Slip Law

The study explains how friction alters the velocity of glaciers. It could have important implications for improving sea level rise projections.

by |May 21, 2020

Cycle for Science: Glacier Edition Completes Its Circuit

Wrapping up a week-long bicycle trip that has brought climate science to underprivileged schools.

by |October 16, 2019
Glacier goo moving down a ramp

On the Road, Teaching Glacier Science

A PhD student explains what life is like on a week-long bicycle trip that’s bringing climate science to students from economically disadvantaged families.

by |October 11, 2019

Ben Orlove on the Anthropology of Climate Change and Glacier Retreat

Scientist Ben Orlove discusses why it’s important to bring an anthropological dimension to the science of climate change and glacial retreat.

by |July 10, 2019

Melting of Himalayan Glaciers Has Doubled in Recent Years

A new study is the latest and perhaps most convincing indication that climate change is eating the Himalayas’ glaciers, potentially threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across much of Asia.

by |June 19, 2019