UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres calls on mountain countries to take bold action on climate change mitigation and adaption

Mountains and climate change

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Human activities are profoundly affecting the world’s climate, and mountains are a sensitive indicator of that effect. Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by variations in climate. Many scientists believe that the changes occurring in mountain ecosystems may provide an early glimpse of what could come to pass in lowland environments.

As the world heats up, mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, while rare plants and animals struggle to survive over ever diminishing areas, and mountain peoples, already among the world’s poorest citizens, face even greater hardships.

Changes in the volume of mountain glaciers and in their seasonal melting patterns have an impact on water resources in many parts of the world. Changes in water availability due to climate change are taking place at a time when pressure on water resources for irrigation and food production, industrialization and urbanization is increasing. 

Understanding how climate change affects mountains is vital as governments and international organizations develop strategies to reverse current global warming trends, elaborating treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In addition, local community empowerment can be an essential step towards building climate change resilience in mountains.

Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood

Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood

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This international conference will focus on innovative approaches from the physical and social sciences to support economic development in mountain and lowland South Asia, which faces serious climate hazards along with food, water, and soil management and environmental justice challenges. The City University of New York, Colorado State University, The...

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Mountains and Climate Change - A global concern

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Mountains are among the regions most affected by climate change. The implications of climate change will reach far beyond mountain areas, as the contributions in the present publication prepared for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima,...

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Las Montañas y el Cambio Climático - Una preocupación mundial

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Las montañas se cuentan ya entre las regiones del mundo más afectadas por el cambio climático, con implicaciones que se extenderán mucho más allá de sus límites geográficos, tal como lo muestran las contribuciones incluidas en esta publicación, preparada para la Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de...

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Andean countries prepare for a regional mechanism

Andean countries prepare for a regional mechanism

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Issue 73 – Month 10 – Year 2014

Our new issue of Peak to Peak opens with news of the Andean countries preparing for a regional mechanism. This example shows that transboundary cooperation can be centred on mountains. We also look at new MP members and activities,...

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Monitoring K2 climate data in real time

Monitoring K2 climate data in real time

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The highest climate monitoring station in the Baltoro area of Pakistan was installed near K2 Base Camp in July 2014, as part of the international monitoring project, Stations at High Altitude for Research on Environment (SHARE), promoted by the Ev-K2-CNR Committee. The station is higher than the three...

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Transnational Working Table 1

Transnational Working Table 1

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The first of two workshops on the results of projects in mountainous European countries and on the development of the Alps will allow participants to share knowledge and experiences on Alpine Space Projects. The meeting will also discuss WikiAlps, an encyclopaedia-like online platform, and its potential use in policy design...

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