Visualizing glaciers of the past in the Tatras
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Visualizing glaciers of the past in the Tatras

Glaciers in the Carpathians?? Although there are no glaciers to be found in the Carpathians today, there is rich evidence of previous glaciation in the highest parts of these mountains. In fact, over the last 2.5 million years the Carpathians experienced glaciation several times. Since successive glaciations tend to destroy much of the evidence of […]

Where we disturb nature, the invaders quickly follow
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Where we disturb nature, the invaders quickly follow

Alpine vegetation in the cold north of Sweden had up till now not much to worry about incoming invaders Non-native plant invaders. Ecologists have been keeping an eye on them for a long time already. Species that flew in from somewhere far away and enter an environment where they don’t belong. Species that happily profit […]

Leadership for the future, via Antarctica
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Leadership for the future, via Antarctica

In a few short days, my world will be rocked, both literally and figuratively. On December 2, 2016, I’ll be on a boat in the Drake Passage, a place well known for making even those who don’t get seasick feel queasy. As one of 76 women participating in Homeward Bound, a leadership program for women […]

Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs
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Japan’s “Exquisite and Well Conserved” mountain springs

Mountain springs: How do we manage the water cycle? Thirty years ago, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment selected one hundred Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters (called “meisui” in Japanese, meaning “good water” in short) to promote the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and to raise awareness about their importance. In 2008, 100 more waters were […]

Yosemite Music Walk
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Yosemite Music Walk

Music magic in Yosemite National Park, El Portal, California Some say that Pan, the Greek god of the forests and meadows, made the first flute. Half man, half goat, he fell in love with a nymph named Syrinx. As he pursued her, she called out to the other nymphs for help. They changed her into […]

Does it really matter what a mountain is?
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Does it really matter what a mountain is?

Earlier this summer, on a Future Earth excursion to Crans-Montana in Switzerland, I asked my colleagues to look out the bus window and think about which of the landforms along the way they would consider mountains, and why. This might seem like a trick question: for most people, everything along the route from Bern to […]

The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
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The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

When I visited Nepal half a year after the devastating 2015 earthquake, no reconstruction had been initiated. Villagers lived in temporary sheds raised on the ruins of their dwellings and concentrated efforts on saving the harvest, giving first priority to food security. They waited for the government to distribute the promised NPR 300,000 (USD 3,000) […]

Jholmal – A chemical-free solution for farmers in Kavre
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Jholmal – A chemical-free solution for farmers in Kavre

This blog is the first in a four-part series that explores case studies within ICIMOD’s Resilient Mountain Village (RMV) program under their regional initiative Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). RMV is an integrated approach to development in mountain areas that combines economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development with climate change adaptation, resilience, […]