Feb 3 2011 | 7:30 PM
Water and Ice in the Andes: A Century of Climate Change, Glacier Disasters, and Hydro-Social Conflicts
Exhibit Museum of Natural History - 1109 Geddes Avenue


Sponsored by: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Eisenberg Institute, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
Speaker: Mark Carey, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon

In the Peruvian Andes, climate change has triggered a series of glacier catastrophes and generated divisive conflicts over water supplies. The floods and avalanches unleashed by shrinking glaciers have been extreme in Peru, but they represent similar processes occurring in mountain ranges worldwide — from the Andes and Alps to the Rockies and Himalaya. Along with this occasional deadly abundance of water and ice, there are also growing conflicts over water shortages, which have pitted local Peruvian communities against hydroelectric energy companies and large-scale irrigators. Solving these water struggles and adapting to climate change will ultimately depend on resolving social issues, such as power discrepancies, diverse cultural beliefs, race relations, and class divisions. More information at www.lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum