January 2018 was a month of extremes. Not only was it by far the warmest January on record across the Western Alps, but also one of the wettest in systematic weather measurements, with widespread landslides at low elevations and massive snowfall in mountains.
Often called the Third Pole, the Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya region, comprising the Tibetan plateau and the surrounding mountains, is the most glaciated place on Earth outside the North and South Poles. Its cryosphere is extremely susceptible—and the surrounding communities and ecosystems vulnerable—to the effects of climate change. Juan Ballesteros-Cánovas and colleagues at the University of Geneva have […]
Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island’s conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.