Climbing for Science, 1

PHOTO: Courtney Cecale

As climate change warms the planet, new jobs are being created to tackle unprecedented environmental challenges. Pictured is Wilmer Sanches Rodriguez, a scientist hired by the National Institute of Research in Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems in Peru to collect snow and ice samples on some of the Andes most at risk glacial peaks. He risks his safety on two expeditions per month, even during the dry season. Here he is walking toward his sampling site on the Yanapaccha glacier, where I accompanied him many times during my fieldwork.