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A legendary alpinist, a French mayor, and the melting glaciers on Mont Blanc

Writer Andrew Bisharat explains how a legal fight between a climber and local politician in France is a harbinger of future tensions in the warming Alps.

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How climate change is reshaping the Alps

As the frozen "glue" that helps hold the rock faces of the Alps together begins to thaw, mountaineers face a growing risk of sudden rockfall.
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Cacti are thriving in snowless Alps as climate change ramps up

In the canton of Valais, cacti belonging to the genus Opuntia, better known as prickly pears, are popping up where they're not wanted. Usually found in hot and dry climates, the invaders made their way over from the Americas, where they are native, 250 years ago.

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Paul Hockenos: This winter, more than ever, we’re skiing straight to hell

The paucity of snow across the European Alps, a phenomenon that has worsened distinctly since the early 1970s, is almost surely a consequence of global heating. Paradoxically, the ski industry and its patrons are contributing to the sport’s own demise.

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In Swiss Alps, some wonder what a future without snow may mean

An unusually warm winter has forced a rethink about climate change in areas with lower peaks as ski resorts and sporting events face an uncertain future.
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Snow shortage threatens Alps with wet winter season

Across the Alps, the unseasonably warm wet weather has put a real damper on the start of the ski season.

Europe's melting glaciers are yielding up their secrets too quickly

Europe's melting glaciers are yielding up their secrets too quickly

It’s both a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and a daunting task, as the catastrophic speed of the planet’s warming is yielding up objects faster than they can be saved.