Hubert at the Humboldt

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From 20.04.2009 to 06.05.2009 - Status: success

Visiting the larger glacier on earth

Visiting the larger glacier on earth

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Together with a member of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defence Council), Larry Hunt, Alain Hubert has gone to the Humboldt Glacier (in Greenland, the biggest glacier of the world) in order to take a closer look at the effects of global warming where they are the most discernable.

The Hubert/Hunt duo will be setting off somewhere around 22 April from Qaanaak (a little collection of human beings of the western shore of Greenland, better known as 'Thule') on a short 200 km-trek (see map) before reaching the Humboldt glacier.

In Qaanaak and on the way, they will meet some native Inuit populations and will be speaking with them about their experiences with regard to the climate change that they have to live with in this part of the world. Once the pair has accessed the glacier, they will have to cross it every which way (Humlboldt is the biggest glacier in the world) and take scientific readings that will be relayed not only to the NRDC headquarters, but also to many glaciology laboratories all over the world.

From NRDC website : The NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Worth Magazine has named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities, and the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau reports that NRDC meets its highest standards for accountability and use of donor funds. NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws. Today, our staff of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts -a MacArthur "genius" award-winner among them- work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. The New York Times calls us "One of the nation's most powerful environmental groups". The National Journal says we're "A credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection." With the support of our members and online activists, NRDC works to solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today: curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, reviving our oceans, saving wildlife and wild places, and helping China go green. For further information on the NRDC, click here.

Daily reports will be sent to the NRDC website, which is following Larry Hunt, and each evening Alain Hubert will be in touch with the International Polar Foundation, so that he can send us his impressions and his experiences of that day.

During the time that this little expedition is going to take, i.e. until 5 or 6 May, we will be taking a closer interest in glaciology and in the life of the glaciers. Next update: Monday evening.

Here is Larry Hunt's blog.

During this expedition, do not hesitate to visit the IPF other websites such as Educapoles & Sciencespoles in order to know more about the fascinating world of the 'Glaciology' and about the largest glacier in the world, the Humboldt.

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