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  • New inventory of Himalayan glaciers, snow

    A new survey of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) using satellite imagery establishes the extent of the glaciated area of the of the region and helps fill a crucial knowledge gap in the region, referred to as a 'white spot' in data in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 2007 report. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • NASA Opens New Era In Measuring Western U.S. Snowpack

    A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. The data from NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out of the basins when the snow melts. The data-gathering technology could ...

  • Meltdown in the mountains

    The world's glaciers are continuing to melt away with the latest official figures showing record losses, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Data from close to 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled. The findings come from the World Glacier Monitoring Service ...

  • Melting Andean glaciers impacts environmental outlook in Latin America

    World Bank engineer Walter Vergara gestures to a white patch on the mountainside. “You see that sliver of ice – that used to cover the entire mountain,” Vergara tells Dateline NBC in an April 20 report on Bolivia’s retreating glaciers. About 99 percent of the Chacaltaya glacier has disappeared since 1940. It was initially predicted to last till 2013, Vergara notes in his report, “The Impacts of ...


    By The World Bank

  • Jack Dangermond to receive UN top environment award for pioneering geo-spatial technology for conservation and development

    An environmental scientist and entrepreneur who revolutionized the use of geo-spatial technology for conservation is to receive the 2013 Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental accolade. Jack Dangermond - who founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) with his wife Laura in 1969 - pioneered the use of Geographic Information System (GIS), which enables people ...

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