Venezuela’s last remaining glacier is melting away

December 6, 2017 by  
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Venezuela’s last remaining glacier will be completely gone within the next 10 to 20 years. Until as recently as 1991, five glaciers were found in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida mountain range in Venezuela . As climate change has accelerated, so too has the meltdown. Named for the nearby Pico Humboldt, Venezuela’s second highest peak at over 16,000 feet, the Humboldt Glacier is one-tenth of the size it was three decades ago. Scientists hope to study the glacial disappearing act so as to learn more about what other communities might expect in a warming world. “This is a tragedy that should be highlighted as one more consequence of irresponsible behavior in energy-intense economies,” said Walter Vergara, a forest and climate specialist at Global Restoration Initiative in Latin America , according to GlacierHub . Unfortunately, Venezuela’s current political and economic crises make an international scientific study very difficult. The Humboldt glacier was last studied by an international team in 2015. Even then, the data was limited; a research team from Westfield State University in Massachusetts was only able to conduct a GPS survey and gather basic observations. While some data, such as measurements of ice coverage and reflection of solar radiation, can be studied using satellites, they would be more accurate if more researchers were able to spend time at Humboldt. Related: Venezuelans are getting Fridays off to battle an energy crisis It is often difficult for Venezuelan scientists to find success at home due to the economic and political crises that has gripped their country in recent years. Despite the challenges, Venezuela is not without its environmental heroes.  “Venezuela’s Minister for Environment, Ramón Velásquez-Araguayán, is a smart and capable climate scientist who is very sensitive to climate change issues and environmental conservation ,” Ángel G. Muñoz, a postdoctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, and Princeton University, told GlaicerHub. Still, it is likely that Venezuela will soon become the first country to lose all of its glaciers . Sadly, it is not likely to be the last. Via GlacierHub Images via Wikimedia and Serge Saint/Flickr

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Venezuelans are getting Fridays off to battle an energy crisis

April 7, 2016 by  
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Venezuelans are getting a three-day weekend every week for the next two months, but they aren’t as excited as you might expect. The measure doesn’t signal a burst of employer generosity, but an encroaching energy crisis resulting from an extended drought . Sixty per cent of the country’s electricity is derived from hydroelectric stations, which, of course, rely on water to keep them afloat. Read the rest of Venezuelans are getting Fridays off to battle an energy crisis

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ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

September 29, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ADJKM , ADJKM Arquitectos , Caracas , CASMSB , concert halls , disadvantaged youth , Los Caobos Park , music complex , music conservatory , Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action through Music , Social Justice , venezuela

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Carbon-Free Chocolate Shipment Sets Sail

March 8, 2012 by  
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It takes quite a bit of effort for chocolate to travel around the world and into to your mouth. It also takes quite a bit of fuel. Though the cacao tree is indigenous in the Americas, the chocolate industry has since become an international effort,…

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Chavez Uses Twitter to Announce Sinking of Natural Gas Platform

May 13, 2010 by  
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Hugo Chavez’s Twitter account can be found @chavezcandanga RT @chavezcandanga Mi dios, it sunk! Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela and a recent convert to Twitter, has used the 140-character medium to announce the sinking of a natural gas platform off the coast of Venezuela. Above are his two tweets about it (you can see a rough translation below)

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Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

March 11, 2010 by  
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Due to a bad drought that’s dried up the hydroelectric plants that supply more than two-thirds of its power, Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President Hugo Chavez’s solution

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Biologists Discover a New Species of Spiny Pocket Mouse

February 1, 2010 by  
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The Heteromyidae family also includes kangaroo rats, like this one. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Researchers at the City College of New York believe they have found a new species of spiny pocket mouse, dubbed Heteromys catopterius . Taking its name from a Greek word that roughly means a “height that commands a view,” the small mouse finds its home high in Venezuela’s coastal range…

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‘Amazongate’ is More Sloppy Writing Than Sloppy Science

February 1, 2010 by  
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Precipitation changes and increased forest fires are still a threat… photo: Ygor Olivera via flickr. Another piece of the 2007 IPCC report is coming under scrutiny

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The Washington Post’s Powerful Total and Per Capita Emissions Tool

November 3, 2009 by  
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As the climate negotiations in Barcelona continue this week, issues of social justice and economic equity are at the forefront. A group of African nations walked out today, supported by Bolivia, Benin and Venezuela, over issues of funding and the weak emissions reduction targets set by developed countries

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