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IPCC Scholarship Programme receives more contributions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme received new contributions from individuals in 2013 and in early 2014.

In January 2014, Hoesung Lee, one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC, and his wife Mrs Sungna Chung, contributed to the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Fund, a fund used solely for the purpose of scholarship awards to the young climate scientists under the IPCC Scholarship Programme.

In October 2013, another IPCC Vice-Chair, Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, also made a donation to the Fund.

The IPCC Scholarship Programme was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The first funding partner of the Programme was Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Dr Brundtland made her donation from the Tallberg Leadership Award, which she received in June 2009.

The IPCC welcomes contributions to the scholarship programme and is happy to provide further information to prospective funding partners.

For more information on the Scholarship Programme visit the IPCC Scholarship Programme page.

IPCC Scholarship Programme receives more contributions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme received new contributions from individuals in 2013 and in early 2014.

In January 2014, Hoesung Lee, one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC, and his wife Mrs Sungna Chung, contributed to the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Fund, a fund used solely for the purpose of scholarship awards to the young climate scientists under the IPCC Scholarship Programme.

In October 2013, another IPCC Vice-Chair, Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, also made a donation to the Fund.

The IPCC Scholarship Programme was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The first funding partner of the Programme was Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Dr Brundtland made her donation from the Tallberg Leadership Award, which she received in June 2009.

The IPCC welcomes contributions to the scholarship programme and is happy to provide further information to prospective funding partners.

For more information on the Scholarship Programme visit the IPCC Scholarship Programme page.

IPCC Scholarship Programme receives more contributions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme received new contributions from individuals in 2013 and in early 2014.

In January 2014, Hoesung Lee, one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC, and his wife Mrs Sungna Chung, contributed to the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Fund, a fund used solely for the purpose of scholarship awards to the young climate scientists under the IPCC Scholarship Programme.

In October 2013, another IPCC Vice-Chair, Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, also made a donation to the Fund.

The IPCC Scholarship Programme was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The first funding partner of the Programme was Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Dr Brundtland made her donation from the Tallberg Leadership Award, which she received in June 2009.

The IPCC welcomes contributions to the scholarship programme and is happy to provide further information to prospective funding partners.

For more information on the Scholarship Programme visit the IPCC Scholarship Programme page.

Alaskan weather disaster

Here is Keystone Canyon and the Lowe River in Valdez, Alaska from 1/26/2014. Due to the high temperatures in Alaska, a glacier sized avalanche has blocked the river. An ice lake has formed, currently at an estimated depth of 60 feet and growing. The Richardson Highway is flooded and the town of Valdez cut off from road access. There is some concern as to when and how the lake will release and downstream and residents are on evacuation alert. This all happens in January in Alaska when temperatures soared in the 60 range. Extreme weather events will be common, even in Alaska!

Exit

We got flown off the ice just in the nick of time. A new weather system was approaching us and if Troy the pilot didn’t land we would have been stuck another week before they were able to get to us. The pick up it self was nail biting. It took many attempts to put the skis on the surface, test it and then take off again, come back and do it again. No place was great to land and they were searching hard to make it work in low visibility and bumps.

We landed at Cape Discovery for a refuel – at least I got to see the fast ice and the mountains of Ellesmere Island – before we headed to Eureka where we spend the night.

Next day off to Resolute Bay, repack our sleds, washed clothes, did email and took long showers. A new much stronger weather system was approaching, this one now spreading all the way from Alaska to Siberia with the low sitting right over the Arctic. A report of the Canadian Ice Survey called for 95 km/hr southwest winds by next week. The drift and leads would so challenging that we couldn’t possibly out ski the drift or pass the leads that would be enormous. So is it a mixed blessing to have to leave?That is the challenge with expeditions; safety planning and covering yourself for “the what if” scenarios, especially if you don’t know what they might be and then make a responsible decision based on that. I am still grasping it all, processing my experience, mending my frostbites and painful fingers, and feel utterly tired and drained. But the media can’t wait for it to settle on my time frame. After spending 24 hours in airplanes (just in Canada), a three hour drive home to Fernie and a 3 hour sleep, journalists were haunting me via skype and phone the next morning to know one thing: “Was it all worth it?”

The Arctic is an amazing place, as hostile and violent as it seems with the relentless storms we faced, we also experienced incredible beauty and serenity. Martin captured this is his photographs and film and that is what we need to show to our audience. This place is worth it. The film project continues, the next step is a scientific underlay of our experience with the reality of climate change and how this will impact the North Pole in the near future. Who are the players and what is at stake if we don’t act soon? Stay tuned.