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Today marked the second event in the MRI Anniversary Lecture Series, celebrating 20 years since the MRI Coordination Office was founded in 2001. This series aims to showcase MRI synthesis workshop research and build capacity in the mountain research community.

 

Say It With Science, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), seeks to engage the mountain research community via creative art submissions that illustrate IPCC research and data; climate change facts and communication resources; and virtual events that bring together IPCC scientists and young climate advocates from around the world to dive deeper into how climate change affects daily life and explore issues like equality, jobs, and biodiversity. 

The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) is the world’s first transdisciplinary gathering on sustainability, a space to showcase sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration, and action. The MRI invites session contributions from early career researchers who seek to showcase key research findings on addressing systemic risks in mountain regions.

The deadline for flash talk proposals is 17 May 2021.

The Andes Mountains of South America are the most species-rich biodiversity hotspot for plant and vertebrate species in the world. But the forest that climbs up this mountain range provides another important service to humanity.

Andean forests are helping to protect the planet by acting as a carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide and keeping some of this climate-altering gas out of circulation, according to new research published in Nature Communications.

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Volume 40, issue Number 3  is an open publication whose articles are fully accessible online. This issue includes the MRI's MountainPlatform paper Making Connections for Our Changing Mountains: Future Directions for the Mountain Research Initiative. 

The Earth’s temperature continued to rise, with 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record, while extreme weather events combined with the COVID-19 pandemic to impact millions of people worldwide. 

A new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and an extensive network of partners on the State of the Global Climate 2020 documents indicators of the climate system, including greenhouse gas concentrations, increasing land and ocean temperatures, sea level rise, melting ice and glacier retreat and extreme weather. It also highlights impacts on socio-economic development, migration and displacement, food security and land and marine ecosystems.

Melting glaciers could be triggering a feedback process that causes further climate change, according to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

An international research team led by the University of Leeds has for the first time linked glacier-fed mountain rivers with higher rates of plant material decomposition, a major process in the global carbon cycle.

The International Science Council (ISC) seeks views on the draft Global Risk Agenda. 

The ISC launched an online survey for the development of a global science agenda on risk. The MRI encourages the mountain research community to reflect on and share mountain-relevant questions for this risk agenda, and contribute to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR)

The survey will close on 5 May 2021.

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