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In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society

Mark Carey


Climate change is producing profound changes globally. This environmental history analysis offers a much needed but barely examined ground‐level study of human impacts and responses to climate change over time. It analyzes how people around Peru's Cordillera Blanca mountain range grappled with climate‐induced glacial lake outburst floods and glacier avalanches, which killed approximately 25,000 people since 1941. As survivors grieved, they formed community organizations and demanded state programs to drain dangerous glacial lakes. Yet they rejected hazard zoning in their communities. Peruvian ... More

Keywords: Andes, climate change, Cordillera Blanca, disaster responses, environmental history, glacier retreat, hazard mitigation, Peru, science and technology studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396065
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396065.001.0001


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Mark Carey, author
Washington and Lee University
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