Adapting to climate change in the Chingaza-Sumapaz-Guerrero region
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Adapting to climate change in the Chingaza-Sumapaz-Guerrero region

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia MADS, through Conservation International-Colombia, is executing a climate change adaptation project in the High Mountain Ecosystems that surround the city of Bogota and provide drinking water for the Bogota metropolitan area and its adjoining rural communities. This project is a Global Environmental Facility- Special Climate Change […]

You’re invited to (virtual) coffee!
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You’re invited to (virtual) coffee!

The spring semester is winding down here in Colorado. Across campus, students and faculty are attending final classes, participating in thesis defenses and scheduling some of the last regular meetings of the academic year. During this busy time of the semester, I tend to walk from one appointment to the other accompanied by my trusty […]

“Mountains for Europe’s Future” meets the European Commission in Brussels
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“Mountains for Europe’s Future” meets the European Commission in Brussels

The Swiss-Austrian Alliance for Mountain Research (CH-AT) launched its strategic research agenda as input for the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020 in Brussels on Monday 25 April. The event „Mountains for Europe’s Future: Putting mountains on the agenda of Horizon 2020″ was very well attended and drew the interest of the European Commission. This confirms the importance of […]

A winning combination: Mountains and wine in Portugal
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A winning combination: Mountains and wine in Portugal

Wine grapes have been cultivated in what is now Portugal for more than 4,000 years. The Tartessos, an indigenous people from the south of the Iberian Peninsula, produced wine as early as 2,000 years B.C. Phoenicians, Greeks and Celts helped to expand the culture of vines and the art of winemaking with the new varietals […]

Hot springs and geothermal energy: Conflict or cooperation?
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Hot springs and geothermal energy: Conflict or cooperation?

The international media recently proclaimed with great fanfare that “Japan creates new national Mountain Day holiday to ease pressure on exhausted salarymen”. While it is true that Japan will celebrate its first “Mountain Day” on August 11, it is perhaps misleading to target Japanese “salarymen”. To begin with, Japanese salarymen are not always interested in […]

Botanical hitchhikers head for the hills
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Botanical hitchhikers head for the hills

Roads help us to get from point A to point B. They are extremely useful structures for doing exactly that, which is why mankind has spend considerable amounts of energy to create a network of them that spans the whole globe, with tentacles reaching to the furthest deserts and highest mountain regions. But it is […]