Long-term forest use in the Papua New Guinean mountains
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Long-term forest use in the Papua New Guinean mountains

When visiting one of the fastest growing cities in Oceania, Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea (annual growth rate of 2.1 % according to UN figures), the high rainforest covered mountains of the Owen Stanley Range sit as a prominent backdrop. Reaching an elevation of over 4000 m above sea level, the names of […]

Lesotho and South Africa: Joint regional climate change planning?
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Lesotho and South Africa: Joint regional climate change planning?

There is a need to investigate flows of people between mountainous Lesotho and South African Free State border towns linked to the increasing frequency of food emergencies in Lesotho and potential climate change impacts. Border towns have a different dynamic to non-border towns and face many issues linked to the flow of legal and illegal […]

Calling on all Páramo researchers!
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Calling on all Páramo researchers!

Although páramo ecosystems account for no more than 5% of the land cover in the South American Andes, they are biodiversity hot spots that deliver important ecosystem services, including water provision and carbon sequestration. Occurring between 3,200 m and 4,500 m, páramo soils store large quantities of water that are slowly released over time. This […]

Sustainable Mountain Development: Just words, or a real possibility?
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Sustainable Mountain Development: Just words, or a real possibility?

Change is accelerating in mountains around the world Most mountain areas around the world are experiencing some form of environmental degradation, and the proper management of mountain resources and socio-economic development of mountain and lowland people has become a global priority. Although the word ‘urgent’ does come up from time to time in the literature […]

Hydropower: We need to act now to be ready in 20 years
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Hydropower: We need to act now to be ready in 20 years

Storage and Pump storage power stations in Austria and Switzerland were the focus of a workshop by WSL and CH-AT in Bregenz on 27 February. Hydropower experts and scientists discussed how to assess the sustainability of these hydropower stations, as well as their role in the transition from nuclear and fossil-fuel energy to renewables. “We […]

Firestorm in February
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Firestorm in February

During college in the early 1970s, I was a seasonal Ranger for the US Forest Service in the Oregon Cascades. Occasionally a lightning strike would ignite a tree in my patrol area, which lay along the subalpine forests of the Three Sisters Wilderness. That I was sent out alone, youngling with axe in hand, to […]