The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has opened the draft scoping report of the Nexus assessment for external review. In a separate call, IPBES also invites Indigenous peoples and local communities from all over the world to support the three ongoing IPBES assessments with their contributions.

The International Glaciological Society is currently seeking nominations for its three Honorary Awards: the Seligman Crystal, the Richardson Medal, and the Honorary Membership. The deadline to send in your nomination is Friday 17 July 2020

The 'Mountains as contexts for global change: interdisciplinary experiences, challenges and new perspectives across the natural and social sciences' symposium, organized by CIRM, MRI, and FoLAP at the 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, now calls for abstracts. 

The submission deadline is 30 August 2020.

The GEO-GNOME Workshop “Identifying Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and Essential Societal Variables (ESVs) in Mountain Environments” took place at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland on 20-21 February 2020. The workshop brought together experts from different networks and fields of mountain research to discuss and consider a list of essential variables needed to monitor and report on changes in mountain biodiversity and social-ecological systems.

Despite the fact that the mountainous areas of Switzerland are often considered to be lacking in innovation compared to their city counterparts, in reality innovative ideas abound in these regions, especially for solving specific problems in business and society. These “social innovations” differ from innovations in products or technologies and promise positive effects for regional development.

In the climate change research community, ‘Loss and Damage’ is an approach that refers to the assessment and acceptance of the unavoidable negative impacts caused by climate change.[1] Although Loss and Damage was born as a concept as early as the nineties, it wasn’t until 2007 that it would be formally referred to in the Bali Action Plan, and later in 2013 when the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage would be created. Loss and Damage continues to be a hotly debated topic, in part due to the reality that the most vulnerable communities tend to pay the highest price in climate change effects, and there are differing ideas on how to respond to this imbalance.

Snow Today, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)'s new tool for monitoring snow conditions, provides “near-real-time updates of snow conditions across the Northern Hemisphere,” according to their website.

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