Roundup: New Scholarships, Planetary Thresholds and Threatened Glaciers

New Fulbright Scholarships for Quechua Speakers

Translated from La República: “Studying in the United States is possible if you really want it. This is stated by Laura Balbuena, executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Peru, the entity in charge of the educational and cultural exchange between the United States of America and our country… One scholarship offered by the Fulbright Commission this year is aimed at Quechua-speaking professionals. Through the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) scholarship or Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, it is intended that Peruvian graduates who have mastery of the Quechua language – as a first language or learned – are assistants to the chair of this course that are offered in certain U.S. universities.”

Learn more here.

Laura Balbuena, executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Peru, announces scholarships for Quechua speaker in Peru (Source: La República).

 

Crossing Planetary Thresholds

From PNAS: “ If the world’s societies want to avoid crossing a potential threshold that locks the Earth System into the Hothouse Earth pathway, then it is critical that they make deliberate decisions to avoid this risk and maintain the Earth System in Holocene-like conditions…Crossing the threshold would lead to a much higher global average temperature than any interglacial in the past 1.2 million years and to sea levels significantly higher than at any time in the Holocene. ”

Read more here.

Rock glaciers of the European Alps. Alpine glaciers are considered to be one of the tipping points (Source: M Barton/Flickr).

 

Columbia’s Glaciers Face Extinction

From The City Paper Bogota: “Climate change is taking a devastating toll on Colombia’s glaciers, according to the country’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies – IDEAM. In a study released last month, within the next 30 years, the six remaining glaciers that cover the peaks of Colombia’s Nevados will disappear if the ice continues to melt at current rates.”

Read the full article here.

View of Nevado del Huila in Colombia. Four of Colombia’s six glaciers are found on volcanoes (Source: Joz3.69/Flickr).
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Roundup: Glaciovolcanic Mars, Columbia Retreat, Students Lured with Cash

More Evidence to Prove Existence of Ice-Volcanoes on Mars

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“We conclude that glaciovolcanic landforms are abundant in the Arsia Mons fan-shaped deposit. These include landforms interpreted as subglacial pillow sheets larger than any known on Earth.”

Read more in Icarus.

 

Columbia Glacier is Rapidly Retreating: Find out Why

columbia-glacier-retreat gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Since the 1980s, Columbia Glacier has lost about half of its thickness, according to NASA. Between then and now, there were years with particularly rapid shedding of ice chunks, creating a “mélange” of floating icebergs that rafted together, as the NASA time-lapse images show.”

Read more here.

 

$400 per Month to Study Glaciers? Sounds like a good deal!

people studying glaciers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A student pursuing a doctorate in glaciology makes 47,000 Swiss francs ($49,000) a year in Switzerland, C$20,500 ($18,000) in Canada and about $14,000 in the U.S.”

Read more in Bloomberg.

 

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