Ecological and Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate-Induced Tree Diebacks in Highland Forests
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Ecological and Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate-Induced Tree Diebacks in Highland Forests

Background Mountain forests play a major role in the preservation of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services such as climate regulation. However, some of these forests show extensive tree mortality (“forest diebacks”) caused by a combination of factors, such as severe and recurrent summer drought, pollution, and insect and pathogen outbreaks. Some of the most […]

Naubise farmer finds relief in climate smart practices
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Naubise farmer finds relief in climate smart practices

Farmer Sita Neupane is the talk of the town this summer. Ms Neupane earned a whopping NPR 70,000, selling cucumbers from her vegetable patch that roughly spans 375 square metres. And, she did it all without using any chemical pesticides on her vegetable farm in Naubise, Mahadevstan-7 of Kavre Palanchowk District, Nepal. Ms Neupane attributes […]

‘Mountains 2016’ dedicated to Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change
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‘Mountains 2016’ dedicated to Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change

It has been more than two months since Mountains 2016 took place in Bragança, Portugal. The outcomes and impacts of the conference were many and all of them significant. Mountains 2016 included the X European Mountain Convention (X EMC), dedicated to “Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change”, and the 1st International Conference on Research for Sustainable […]

Transdisciplinary models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in natural-human systems
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Transdisciplinary models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in natural-human systems

Mountain Sentinels Virtual Coffee: Models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in mountain coupled natural-human systems To be held December 15, 2016 at 7:00am Mountain Time The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network held the first half of this discussion on transdisciplinary modeling during a virtual coffee on October 20, 2016, and the conversation was continued […]

Growing mountains of waste
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Growing mountains of waste

A new report looks at the growing problem of waste in the world’s mountain regions. It’s a problem few people think about, unless like GRID-Arendal’s Bjorn Aflthan, they climb right into it. A few years ago, I went on ski tour with a few friends to the summit of Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest mountain […]

Mountain Sentinels in action: Africa and Latin America
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Mountain Sentinels in action: Africa and Latin America

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network takes a social-ecological systems perspective, where the emergent system properties are greater than the sum of its parts. While this systems perspective is one our guiding principles, in some cases, the parts are really, really interesting by themselves. Below are condensed statements from representatives of the Mountain Sentinels’ community regarding […]

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 […]

Glacier Countries Help the Paris Agreement Enter into Force
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Glacier Countries Help the Paris Agreement Enter into Force

Small Glacier Countries Take a Big Step On October 5, several small mountain countries with glaciers—Austria, Bolivia, and Nepal—undertook an important step in advancing global action on climate change. They helped the Paris Agreement reach the threshold to enter into force and become legally binding. This Agreement, the outcome of the UNFCCC COP21 last November, […]