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14 Steps to Reduce Black Carbon and Stabilize the Cryosphere

Climate change is causing unprecedented changes in the Earth’s regions of snow and ice, portents of profound, dramatic change for ecosystems and societies around the world, according to a joint report released by The World Bank and The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) November 4. The Earth’s cryosphere is warming more rapidly than anticipated – “at a pace unprecedentd in…

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Video Friday: Greenland Ice Sheet

Reports from scientists on changes in the Greenland ice sheet: Featured image credit: Visit Greenland, courtesy flickr

Nations vie for resources and access as the Arctic melts

Climate Change Makes Arctic Region a Crucible for New Global Governance Regimes

With temperatures warming and summer sea ice melting even faster than climate scientists’ forecasts, the Arctic region has become a flashpoint and center of debate for international, as well as national and regional frameworks for environmental governance and development and use of energy and natural resources. The opening of Northeast and Northwest Passages between the Americas, Europe and Asia as…

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New research suggests a controversial theory for forests as rainmakers

Forests as Rainmakers: New Study Lends Credence to Controversial Theory

A new study fleshes out the details of a theory that says forests play a significant role in creating rain. The implications would be profound and far-reaching should it prove valid.

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Crises Erupt as Glacial Retreat Threatens Water Resources

Receding glaciers are threatening water supplies across the Andes region from Colombia to Chile, posing threats to lives and livelihoods.A Japan Fund project is helping regional authorities and residents cope with changes and the fundamental challenges.

Glacier in Uttrakhand Himalayas is receding fast due to global warming

Himalayan Glaciers and Water Security: UNEP Calls for Better Monitoring, Information Access and Policy Coordination

The UN Environment Program’s calling for greater scientific monitoring of Hindu Kush-Himalayan glaciers, as well as more informed, inclusive and concerted policy making. Some 1.3 billion people in the vast region are to varying degrees dependent on freshwater from Himalayan glaciers for water, food security and ecosystem services.

Climate and population pressured combined with unsustainable agricultural practices threaten communities and farmers in northwestern China

Glacial Melting, Growing Population and Agricultural Practices Threaten Farmers, Communities in Northwest China

This confluence of factors is posing severe challenges not only locally in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Tarim River basin, but regionally across Central Asia and beyond. A joint Chinese-German university research effort that aims to find sustainable, long-term solutions is underway.