The massive cost of climate change – ask the Malawians
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The massive cost of climate change – ask the Malawians

The cost of responding to climate change is becoming onerous  – yet this is just the beginning Malawi has been in the news here in South Africa because of the massive flooding in the southern region. Since early January 2015, the southern districts of Malawi have experienced above-normal rains which have provoked massive floods along […]

Environmental governance in Papua New Guinea
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Environmental governance in Papua New Guinea

There is at present no MRI Oceania network but the biogeography and human ecology region – which stretches across the 25 or so countries and territories of the Pacific to Australia and the island of New Guinea to its north – is dominated by high mountain ranges. Papua New Guinea, an independent state forming the […]

How Do You Value a Mountain?
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How Do You Value a Mountain?

I have always considered CIRMOUNT and MRI to be tied at the hip, even if CIRMOUNT is on the little-sister side of the knot. CIRMOUNT is a grass-roots coalition of scientists passionately interested in the workings of climate in the mountain ecosystems of western North America, and concerned about its implications to society. Funded on […]

Information and coordination: Environmental governance in the Andes
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Information and coordination: Environmental governance in the Andes

The Andean region shares with other mountain areas in the world steep environmental gradients interacting with complex social and economic dynamics that influence patterns of access to and use of natural resources. In this context, environmental governance systems at multiple levels in the Andean countries face challenges related to the lack of adequate information in […]

What did I get from AGU 2014?
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What did I get from AGU 2014?

On one hand, big meetings such as the AGU are important venues for MRI to pursue its “promotion and coordination” agenda with KCWs, Mixers and Sessions. On the other hand, such meetings give you a chance to find people whom you have never met but who are nonetheless doing interesting things. And sometimes, you get […]

CH-AT: What’s in it for you?
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CH-AT: What’s in it for you?

If you are a Swiss or Austrian mountain researcher who subscribes to the “two minds are better than one” principle, join the CH-AT research network! It operates on the assumption that the two neighboring Alpine countries, with their strong commonalities, are better able to tackle mountain challenges if scientists and authorities work together to share […]