Disappearing glaciers are threatening rare alpine plants with extinction

Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.

Robert Baxter, Associate Professor of Plant Ecology, Durham University • conversation
Jan. 29, 2021 ~6 min

Pikas are adapting to climate change remarkably well, contrary to many predictions

Pikas – small cousins of rabbits – live mainly in the mountainous US west. They've been called a climate change poster species, but they're more adaptable than many people think.

Andrew Smith, Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences, Arizona State University • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~8 min

Magnetism of Himalayan rocks reveals the mountains' complex tectonic history

Earth's magnetic field locks information into lava as it cools into rock. Millions of years later, scientists can decipher this magnetic data to build geologic timelines and maps.

Craig Robert Martin, Ph.D. Student in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Primates are facing an impending extinction crisis - but we know very little about what will actually protect them

Without adequate information, we can’t prioritise efforts and funding to best protect our primate relatives.

Jo Setchell, Professor of Anthropology, Durham University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Success rates for Everest climbers doubled in 30 years

The success rate for climbers reaching the summit of Mount Everest has doubled in the past 30 years while the death rate has hovered unchanged at around 1%.

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Is it time to stop climbing mountains? Obsession with reaching summits is a modern invention

Before reaching summits became part of the new 'sublime' in the late 18th century, people didn't climb mountains.

Dawn Hollis, Research Fellow, School of Classics, University of St Andrews • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

John Tyndall: the forgotten co-founder of climate science

The man who explained the greenhouse effect was accidentally killed by his wife.

Roland Jackson, Research Associate in the History of Science and Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institution, UCL • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Arboretum welcomes botanists from China for inaugural expedition

Chinese botanists collect seeds during their inaugural expedition in the Appalachian Mountains with members of the Arnold Arboretum.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 20, 2019 ~9 min

Findings question Himalayan rock climate hypothesis

A leading hypothesis about Earth's long-term climate centers on Himalayan rock weathering. A new study calls it into question.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 25, 2019 ~3 min

Why mountains are such biodiversity hotspots

Mountains are a big part of why life on Earth is so richly varied, but why is that? New research digs into what's behind biodiversity mountains support.

Jorn Madsen - Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 13, 2019 ~6 min