Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity


ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia (Reuters) - A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.

The international "Ice Memory" expedition of 15 scientists took samples from the glacier on Illimani Mountain in the Andes and will store them in Antarctica at the French-Italian base of Concordia.

The scientists were helped by local guides and porters, who live near the base of Illimani. Clearly visible from Bolivia's capital La Paz, Illimani's "eternal snows" are frequently referenced in the music, mythology and literature of the Aymara people.

But scientists say global warming is rapidly melting the glaciers of the Andes, removing an important source of fresh water for many communities and threatening others with deadly avalanches. Illimani itself has warmed by 0.7 degree Centigrade in the last 18 years, said Ice Memory glaciologist Patrick Ginot.

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Bolivia Hosted the World People’s Conference: “For a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship”

Aymara witch doctors attend a ritual during the inauguration of World People’s Conference in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia June 20, 2017

Leaders from four continents met to discuss the humanitarian crisis of refugees and the possibility of a world without borders.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / June 22, 2017

The World People’s Conference “For a World without Borders Towards Universal Citizenship”, which is held in Tiquipaya, center Bolivia, began on Tuesday with a respectful minute of silence for the refugees of the world. Above all, for those who lost their lives fleeing from war, hunger or natural disasters.

In his inaugural speech, Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced—without giving names—that the same agents that cause war and cause displacements and migrations are those who close the doors of their countries and build walls to prevent people from saving their lives.

The Bolivian head of State proposed to the forum, which included the former presidents of Colombia (Ernesto Samper), Ecuador (Rafael Correa) and Spain (José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero), a “joint debate to seek solutions or strategies to oppose to these walls”. Evo Morales has been for a long time a defender of a “Universal, Plurinational Citizenship” that liberates people from the constraints of political borders.

“Walls between peoples are an attack against humanity—they don’t protect, they create conflict (…). They go against the history of humanity, they mutilate science and knowledge, they spark hatred towards what’s different, they drown freedom”, Morales said.

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Youth Ambassador Creates 'Moore Kids Outdoors' Program

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Partners of the Americas Youth Ambassador Riley Meese has created a fantastic program for getting young people into the outdoors. Learn more at

She is also raising funds for her project at

Bolivia's Tsimane have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured

By Peter Whoriskey
March 17, 02017

A Tsimane father and son hunt fish in a river. (Michael Gurven)
The Tsimane people dwell in thatched huts in a remote corner of Bolivian jungle, and at dinner, the main meal sometimes consists of monkey. Capuchins or howlers. Other days, a hog-nosed coon, or with some luck and a grueling all-day hunt, a man might take a peccary, a kind of wild pig. Some find piranha or catfish in local rivers. For sides, the Tsimane may gather wild fruits and nuts, or harvest small farm plots, where they grow rice, plantains and corn.

Maybe, some will think, all that’s their diet secret.

According to a study published Friday in the Lancet, a peer-reviewed British medical journal, the Tsimane have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured, and in the United States and parts of Europe where heart disease is the leading cause of death, the news is expected to arouse widespread curiosity and a question: How do they do it?

The Tsimane “have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date,” according to the paper written by a team of doctors and anthropologists.

The scientists estimated heart disease during examinations of 705 Tsimane, each of whom traveled about two days by boat and road to get to a clinic. There, they underwent sophisticated X-ray scans of their coronary arteries to determine the amount of calcium plaque, a measure of heart disease. On this basis, the Tsimane measured much healthier than any other people studied, including groups from the United States, Europe, Korea and Japan, according to researchers.

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