Category Archives: IceBlog

December 2014

The below remarks are taken from the opening remarks by ICCI Director and Founder Pam Pearson at ICCI’s December 11 UNFCCC side event at COP-20 in Lima, Peru. Cryosphere.  ICCI sometimes gets a hard time from colleagues wondering why in the world we have a word that no one understands as the name of our […]

November 2014

Lima:  Just a Start The annual Framework Climate Convention negotiations will take place from December 1-12 in Lima, Peru.  ICCI as always will be there to make certain that delegates hear the latest on cryosphere developments, with a presence that includes an information booth as well as a UNFCCC side event on December 11 (welcome!). […]

September 2014

Track Zero:  Making Two (Cryosphere: Five!) Degrees Real In Copenhagen in 2009, one of the few victories was a commitment by global leaders to the “two degree goal”: holding the rise in temperature to 2°C (3.8°F) or less globally.  A major principle: yet ever since, governments and their climate negotiators have tried unsuccessfully to put […]

June 2014

Open Burning and the Arctic: An Issue of Resilience By Gail Stevenson, Russia Program Manager Open burning in northern Eurasia is a significant source of black carbon (BC) to the Arctic lower atmosphere and snow surface. The Arctic Council estimates that it is the largest single source of BC impacting the regional Arctic climate. In […]

April 2014

The Cryosphere Imperative: Why Paris 2015 Must Succeed ICCI in coming months will focus much of its resources on raising the level of ambition for the Paris 2015 climate change agreement, from the point of view of a “cryosphere imperative.” This blog defines that “imperative.”  Subsequent months will look at the different elements, such as […]

February 2014

Why The President Should Say “No” to Keystone The following is taken from a letter sent to President Barack Obama by ICCI founder and Executive Director Pam Pearson, urging the President to deny approval to the Keystone pipeline: I founded and lead a group focused on climate change in cryosphere regions, such as the Himalayas […]

December 2013

For the December IceBlog, below is the prepared statement from ICCI Director Pam Pearson to the environment and foreign ministers gathered at COP-19 in Warsaw on November 21 for the ”Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s” (CCAC) High Level Assembly. (The reference to the Phillipines connects to the decision by Phillipine lead negotiator Yeb Sano to […]

October 2013

Message from the Cryosphere The On Thin Ice report, co-produced by ICCI and the World Bank, is a message of caution, and of hope. Caution because rapid changes in the earth’s regions of snow and ice – the “cryosphere” – daily increase the risk of changes to our global environment: changes not seen in the […]

September 2013

An “Interpretation for the Rest of Us” of the Latest IPCC Report – Cryosphere Sections On September 27, Working Group 1 (WG1) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Summary for Policymakers after over a week of negotiations between scientists and governments on the final text in Stockholm. This is part of […]

August 2013

The Cryosphere Ice Watch Every year about this time, my thoughts become distinctly maudlin.  For much of human history and in many cultures still today, the death watch was a staple of the end of human life:  family and friends gathering at the bedside for days and even weeks, sitting in witness and support with […]