The meaning of “recognize”


In our quest to make you aware of the cryosphere (i.e. all the frozen parts of our planet), we at use all possible means. This includes glacier names, as the etymology of the 16 glaciers observed from Monte San Salvatore in Lugano shows. Did you know, for example, that Monte Rosa (4’634m) takes its name from a […]

Let the ice-pedition begin!

We are delighted to announce you that our yellow Freezy Frames will soon meet the world. The Swiss city of Lugano is the first to adhere to our project. On July 14th, we will officially install our Freezy Frame on top of Monte San Salvatore in the presence of local authorities. From there, you will […]

We are here to brighten up your home ice-olation!


Videos, soundbites, reports and images: during this pandemic, we bring both kids and adults some entertainment and information about our beautiful cryosphere from all around the world. If after some weeks, you feel like you’re walking on thin ice with your children at home: Put them in front of Arte and pick your language (French […]

Glacial earthquakes in Antarctica


Scientists studying glaciers in Antarctica have observed that when large icebergs calve, break off, and bang against the front of the glacier, they generate enough force to cause earthquakes1,2. The seismic waves from these glacial earthquakes are recorded at seismic stations hundreds, even thousands of kilometers away. By Quinn Wenning, Postdoctoral researcher, Earth Sciences, ETH […]

President Macron, please, one more step towards!

On February 13th 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron was in Chamonix to witness the evolution of the longest French glacier, the so-called Mer de Glace. This glacier was so named in 1741 by British landowner and explorer William Windham who appear to have been the first recorded traveler for pleasure in the region. The Mer […]

A changing glacier in Italy leads to local plastic ban

It is a world premiere: Alarmed by the situation of its nearby Forni Glacier, the Italian ski resort of Pejo 3000, in the heart of the Stelvio National Park (region of Trentino-Alto Adige), has decided to officially ban plastic. The discovery of large quantities of micro-plastics on the Forni glacier was a trigger. These tiny […]

Alpinism officially recogn.iced as UNESCO Heritage


On December 11th, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage decided in Bogota to add five more elements to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. One of them is alpinism. The application was submitted by mountaineering organizations and national guide associations from three countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. When handing in their dossier, […]

Spot the world glaciers – from Kenya to Uzbekistan!

The number of glaciers worldwide equals approx. 200’000 – and they are present on all continents of our beautiful planet. To help you locate them, we have the pleasure to announce that we have embedded to our website the world browser of fluctuations of glaciers created and constantly updated by the World Glacier Monitoring Service […]

You made it – now we’ll make it!

Dear friends, You made it, now we’ll make it! Absolutely fantastic! Thanks to your generosity, we have reached our goal and raised the necessary funds to create a Frame that will both highlight and inform on our spectacular frozen surroundings. Our project has convinced people beyond icy territories: not only have we seen support coming from countries […]