Before the glaciers of the Rockies melt, a man documented them in a plane

In a book with 177 images, Garrett Fisher recorded the marks of the global increase in temperature over the ice masses of the great mountain range of North America. Without losing beauty, the glaciers show the damage suffered so far

Garrett Fisher is a financial advisor, but also a pilot and a lover of nature. Moved by these passions he made his book Glaciers of the Rockies, on the masses of ice in the great chain of mountains that crosses North America from Canada to the southwest of the United States, in New Mexico. As in other geographies, they are affected by the increase in global temperature.

“Although there are different perspectives on the subject, there is no doubt that the glaciers are disappearing, ” he wrote there. “What we can do about it depends on the will of society, however, I think it is extremely informative to look at the object in question while we decide what can be done.”

In truth, few people have physically seen a glacier; much less the legislators and the officials who in their country and in the world will have to make the decisions that can preserve them, or not. The extension and difficulty of the land make it difficult. “That’s why I’m grateful to have access to a plane, which made everything possible during the summer of 2015, which consequently makes it possible for me to share it with the rest of the world,” Fisher added.

Entering the Wind River range in Wyoming, the consequences of the rise in temperature are already evident.  (Photo courtesy of Garrett Fisher)

His plane is a small Piper, the same model in which he flew for the first time at two years, and in which his grandfather gave him flight lessons in childhood, and in which he obtained his pilot certification. Now he has a PA-11 that he has taken throughout the United States and throughout Europe to follow his second passion and photograph nature.

His airplane, of 1949, has a motor of 100 horsepower that yields half when it reaches 4500 meters of height and weighs a little more than 350 kilos. But it reached so that it crossed, in solitude, a wild landscape that registered in its book by means of 177 photos.

Fisher took out each one – plus all the ones he did not select to publish – with one hand, manually opening the door in the middle of fierce winds, which filled the cabin with a cold, precisely, glacial, since the Piper has no heating. In Colorado, in Wyoming and in Montana – where it is expected that as soon as 203o some glaciers have been completely lost – he repeated the operation.

From the Rockies National Park to the Wind River Range, from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone, it traversed the glaciers through the air, vast masses of ice moving under their own weight, beneath which lie the traces of a preterite Earth. But that, due to global warming, they can disappear sooner rather than later.

The Dinwoody and Gooseneck glaciers also show melting marks.  (Photo courtesy of Garrett Fisher)

Since 1994, worldwide, glaciers have lost more than 400,000 million tons. In particular, some in Antarctica, such as the giant Totten, and some in the Arctic, such as the Peterman and others in Greenland, could increase the level of the seas by up to three meters.

The work of Fisher – who also published Where the Colorado River Is Born, Field of Dreams: American Agriculture from the Sky and Wild and Free: Horses of the Outer Banks among more than a dozen titles – began with the location of the glaciers in a map. Defined where you had to think about when.

“I made the decision early on that I’d rather see them at the annual thaw because while glacial features are interesting under fresh snow, they are even more interesting when the cyclical snow melts and reveals what lies beneath, ” he wrote. That perennial ice, he confirmed, was the greatest spectacle.

“I’m totally resigned to them disappearing, basically I ran to see them before there are no more, ” he told The Guardian. “It’s a little bleak that our planet is entering the unexplored territory,” he added.

Nationalist scolding the only woman candidate for the presidency of Russia in debate

Ultranationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky called “p …” and “disgusting old woman”, among other offenses, Ksenia Sobtchak, the only woman candidate for the presidency of Russia, in a heated televised debate for the March 18 elections.

In the debate, broadcast last night on the public channel “Rossiya” as part of the election campaign, seven of the eight contenders participated, all except current President Vladimir Putin, who declined to attend the event with the other candidates.

When one of the candidates, the nationalist Sergei Baburin, spoke, was eventually interrupted by Zhirinovsky, who accused him of lying and Sobtchak became involved in the discussion.

“At your age, it’s not good to worry about it that way, it’s serious,” said the journalist and candidate when addressing controversial and veteran Zhirinovsky, 71, who is competing for the sixth time in the presidential election.

“Shut the fuck up, stupid!” Replied the controversial leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, known for his frequent exits, while the participants shouted and exchanged accusations and the moderator struggled to keep order.

“You should not bring vegetables from the street. This is disgusting, shut up!” Zhirinovsky continued.

The discussion heated up until the candidate picked up a glass and poured water into the ultranationalist.

“Trash, disgusting old woman,” said Zhirinovsky, his clothes wet.

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Eight candidates are competing for the March 18 election, in which Putin, who made his State of the Union address to the two chambers of parliament, is postponed today, an act that was postponed in two months with clear electoral motives denounces opposition.

In addition to Putin, Sobtchak, and Zhirinovsky, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, veteran liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky, entrepreneur Boris Titov, leader of the Growth Party, nationalist Sergei Baburin, and radical communist Maxim Suraikin are running for president.

Russia says it knows nothing about ex-spy case reportedly poisoned

Russia has called the incident a “tragic” incident for what former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is hospitalized in England for alleged poisoning but said he knew nothing about the case.

“We see that something tragic has happened, but we have no information about what the cause might be, what that person was involved with or what that might be related to,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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“Unfortunately, I can not say anything about this, because we do not have any information, you know very well how (Skripal) came to the West, as a result of actions and decisions, which I will not repeat,” said the spokesman, referring that the Russian agent also acted for the United Kingdom, so he was convicted of treason.

He added that Moscow is willing to cooperate in an investigation, although no one has requested it at the time.

“We are always open to cooperate,” Peskov told the question of whether Russia plans to participate in the investigation.

Andrey Lugovoy, another ex-spy and current Russian deputy accused by London of the poisoning of his colleague Alexander Litvinenko, in 2006, classified the information about the poisoning of Skripal as “propaganda bulletin”.

Litvinenko’s former colleague, who died after tea at a London hotel with Lugovoy and another former Russian agent, Dmitry Kovtun, said Skripal “posed no threat to Russia.”

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The 66-year-old Skripal and a 30-year-old woman were found unconscious last Sunday in a shopping mall in Salisbury, southwestern England, after allegedly coming into contact with an unknown substance, according to local police…

The former double-spy is now in “critical condition”, according to the latest information from the British police.

Formerly a Russian military intelligence officer, Skripal was sentenced in Russia to 13 years in prison in 2006 for passing state secrets to the United Kingdom.

In 2010, Skripal was one of four convicted pardoned and transferred to the United Kingdom, in what was considered the biggest exchange of spies since the Cold War.

Trump promises to resist attempts at Russian interference in 2018 lawsuits

US President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday that he would “very strongly” resist any possible attempt by Russia to intervene in the country’s legislative elections this year.

Mr. Trump has suggested that it is “always good to have a supporting role voting system” and has pledged to resist any “very strongly” future influence when asked at a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

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“We are doing a very thorough study and we make strong suggestions for the 2018 elections,” added the president, who, however, denied that the Kremlin was able to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, in which he was the winner.

“The Russians had no impact on our votes at all. No doubt there was an intrusion, but I believe we should be very attentive, we do not want our voting system to be compromised in any way and we will not allow that to happen,” he said…

Investigations into the alleged interference by Moscow in the 2016 presidential election, led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, are closing the circle on the nucleus closest to the president, whose testimony on the matter has not yet been ruled out.

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US intelligence has agreed that Russia has maneuvered to influence the presidential election to the detriment of then-Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton, but investigations have so far failed to clarify whether there was coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

In addition, US officials also warned that Russians continue to campaign to influence election results in different parts of the world.

Putin says Russia will only use nuclear weapons in response to attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would only use nuclear weapons in response to a confirmed missile attack on Russian territory in a documentary broadcast on state television Rossiya on Wednesday.

The decision to use nuclear weapons can only be made if our (radar) systems detect not only the takeoff of missiles but accurately predict the trajectory of their flights and the time of their impact on Russian territory, “said the president.

With just less than two weeks to go before re-election for another six-year term, and shortly after introducing the new arsenal of state-of-the-art Russian nuclear weapons to the world, Putin made it clear that he will not tremble if someone tries to annihilate Russia.

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“If anyone makes the decision to destroy Russia, we will have a legitimate right to respond,” he said in an extensive interview included in the documentary “World Order 2018”.

He admitted that a nuclear war would be a global catastrophe for the entire planet, but wondered if “as a citizen of Russia and head of the Russian state” would be worth “a world where Russia was not.”

On the other hand, he recalled that the nuclear bomb was developed by the United States, not by Russia and that it was the Americans who were the first, and so far the only ones, to use that weapon against people.

“Where are the guarantees that it will not happen again?” The Russian leader was quoted as saying.

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Last week Putin surprised everyone by presenting a series of new nuclear weapons during his State of the Union address.

The Russian leader, who is due to be re-elected President of the United States on Thursday, has revealed weapons that have long been a secret, including a heavy intercontinental missile and a hypersonic cruise missile, submarine drones armed with nuclear rockets and laser weapons.