It covers how environmental law can integrate climate adaptation theory. Fun stuff!
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I’m in Nepal for UN and USAID meetings. We’re working to prevent a special type of natural disaster from occurring, called a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF).
A very large glacier melted near Mt. Everest and turned into a mile long lake (Imja Lake). The lake is in danger of bursting, threatening thousands of lives downstream. I co-manage some scientists here (and in Peru) and we’re advising the UN and the Nepalese government how to manage this dangerous situation.
Climate change is causing thousands of ancient glaciers around the world to melt. When they melt, they either disappear via a river, or form a a big lake. Some lakes are very dangerous, and GLOFs threaten downstream communities and cities. The solution we provide here in Nepal will - hopefully - be used as a model by other countries to prevent these types of floods.
Anyway, I will be blogging again very soon! Meanwhile, here are some pictures from Pokhara, Kathmandu, and surrounds.
We’re hiring enviro-contractors (not students, sorry) in Nairobi and Mombasa: government contractors, environmental firms, agriculture, conservation, climate change, natural resources, energy, water engineering. Please hit me up.
We are hiring qualified candidates with government contractor experience.
Did some beach camping this weekend on Assateague Island National Park… Those hooligan horses are fat from raiding campsites in the night. Tri-pod dog is “Vedder.”
This October, I’m headed to Nepal to check out some work by some climate scientists and glacial researchers that I co-manage. Fun times. My recent daily readings have shifted away from urban adaptation to glacial science in the Himalayas and Andes.
This paper is an update to previous research by a scientist Dr. Walter Immerzeel. He does a major U-turn, where before his research showed that glacial rivers would shrink due to climate change. Now he is reversing, showing that climate change will in fact keep the rivers flowing.
The latest research led by Dr Walter Immerzeel, a scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and visiting scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal, indicates that increasing rains would prevent rivers from drying up. His earlier works, published in Science in June 2010, indicated worrisome drop in the levels of the same rivers by 2050.
New results from Dr Immerzeel’s research indicate that water levels of the rivers will not drop over the next century due to an increase in monsoon rains in the region. However, climate change will result in smaller glaciers and less meltwater in the Himalayas. The research shows that although the size of the glaciers in the basins of the Indus and the Ganges will decrease in the 21st century, water discharge will however increase.
New book - Climate Change Adaptation Manual. Just ordered and also added it to my book list. Still baffled that earthscan charges so much for these books; makes them inaccessible to people that need them…
Toyota Prius, Hybrid. Poor dude was out of gas on Rock Creek Parkway…
Feeling slightly guilty, but the paper was so awful I wouldn’t even recommend it as a long-from blog post.
Robot Draws Blood
I’d totally do this. I once helped a new nurse stick my arm 5 times. She was so nervous and shaking, afterwards she came back to my “room” (I guess three walls of drapes makes a room in a hospital) and thanked me with tears in her eyes. Obviously, my anecdote is directly related to robots.
These are higher level, but figured I’d post - maybe you know someone??? Also, we are hiring interns and many other positions. My office is next to the recruiting division, so if you or someone you know applies, drop my name and I can put in the good word!
- Food Security and Agriculture Value Chains Senior Manager, ENR Division https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/3850/food-security-and-agriculture-value-chains-senior-manager/job
- Senior Energy Manager, EEM Division (more than 1 opening) https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/3785/senior-energy-manager/job
- Director of Admin and Finance, Pakistan PDP https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/3668/director-of-finance-and-administration%2c-pakistan-power-distribution-program/job
To see all of our openings, you can click opportunities from Engility’s Career page and search for USAID.
I’m headed to Nepal this November to meet our climate scientists. Click through to check out the program’s work. The scientists are installing remote sensing equipment to monitor glacial melt, conducting LiDAR (GPR) surveys, and helping train sherpas and others on how to deal climate impacts in the Himalayas. We’re also co-funding a trash and sanitation clean up on Everest. Fun stuff. A bit worried I won’t be in shape to make the basecamp climbs…