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IPBES will organize a workshop focused on “modelling Nature Futures scenarios” and based on the Nature Futures Framework, planned for 12-15 January 2021. The Multidisciplinary Expert Panel invites Governments and other stakeholders to nominate experts to participate in this workshop by 16 November 2020. Interested experts wishing to be nominated by a Government are requested to fill out their application form by 9 November 2020

Are you working on climate change adaptation solutions for mountain environments? The Adaptation at Altitude programme would love to hear from you! Complete the Adaptation at Altitude programme survey in order to share your solutions with practitioners and policymakers and help increase resilience in mountain communities.

The Adaptation at Altitude programme has launched a survey to collect climate change adaptation (CCA) solutions for mountain environments. Survey responses will be used to produce a database that can be used by practitioners, decision-makers, policymakers, and any interested parties. The aim of the database is to increase visibility, impact, and acknowledge the innovative work being done in mountain regions.

A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma.

The dramatic effect rainfall has on the evolution of mountainous landscapes is widely debated among geologists, but new research led by the University of Bristol and published 16 October in Science Advances, clearly calculates its impact, furthering our understanding of how peaks and valleys have developed over millions of years.

In the first of a series of videos produced as part of the Global Change in Mountain Ecosystems (GloMEc) project, Prof. Dirk S. Schmeller, Axa Chair for Functional Mountain Ecology at ENSAT, discusses the impact of human activities on mountains and the many and varied species living in them.

Mountains – A Fragile Source of Life is a new short video series that aims to delve into different aspects of mountains and why they are important for human society. It will look at threats such as climate change and pollution, as well as the functioning of mountain freshwater ecosystems and the importance of microbiomes, among other topics.

Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study.

But the effects of these glacial lakes are not represented in current ice loss models, warn the study authors. Therefore, estimates of recession rates and ice mass loss from lake-terminating glaciers in the coming decades are likely to be underestimated.

ESA is pleased to announce the upcoming ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award.

Deadline to submit nominations is 2 November 2020. 

Dust blowing onto high mountains in the western Himalayas is a bigger factor than previously thought in hastening the melting of snow there, researchers show in a study published Oct. 5 in Nature Climate Change.

That’s because dust— lots of it in the Himalayas— absorbs sunlight, heating the snow that surrounds it.  

“It turns out that dust blowing hundreds of miles from parts of Africa and Asia and landing at very high elevations has a broad impact on the snow cycle in a region that is home to one of the largest masses of snow and ice on Earth,” said Yun Qian, atmospheric scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Some of Europe’s native butterflies may have to be moved to colder climes if they are to survive global warming, a new study suggests.

The University of York study tracked the impact of changes in climate on the genetic diversity of the mountain ringlet butterfly over the 21,000 years since the last ice age. The study suggests that future conservationists may have to evacuate some populations of butterflies to cooler habitats, higher up in mountains or further north in places including Scotland, Scandinavia, and the Alps.

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