Monday, October 20, 2014

These Last 6 Months Were The Warmest Humans Have Ever Recorded On Earth

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-year-saw-the-warmest-september-on-record-2014-10

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Collectively, the past six months have been the hottest since humans started keeping track of global temperatures.

Last month was the warmest September humans have recorded, according to both NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

September came at the end of a record-breaking six months: April, May, June, and August of this year were all also the warmest on record, and July came in at fourth hottest.

According to Eric Holthaus at Slate:

Recent research shows the current warm stretch is probably the planet's warmest in at least 4,000 years. That means global temperatures may have already passed a level that human civilization has never experienced. The sheer size and depth of the world's oceans means that most of global warming's extra heat has been stored there. For the last decade or so, atmospheric warming has been playing catch up.

That means things will just keep getting warmer — and humans are doing a poor job of slowing things down. At the 2009 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, world leaders agreed to take measures to k! eep glob al temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above their historical levels.

Beyond that point, many experts agree that the world could see a disastrous series of climate change effects, including widespread floods, fires, storms, famines, and extinctions. Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that we're on track to miss our target by a good 2 C before the end of the century.

NASA's map below shows the difference in temperature between September 2014 and the average temperature from 1951 and 1980.

NASA_September_1You can see that the heat is affecting some parts of the world more strongly than others. Some areas are even "abnormally cold." Temperatures can fluctuate around the world, depending on weather patterns – for instance, in August, parts of the US saw temperatures below the baseline average, and in September the entire country was at or above the baseline. But the important takeaway is that there is a general pattern of warming temperatures across the globe.

The differences becoming greater as the colors move from yellow to orange to red. Some of the greatest temperature differences were seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The NOAA chart below shows temperature anomalies between the April-to-September months and the 20th century average every year since 1880. You can see below that 2014 deviates most from the average, and is a part of a much bigger trend of increasing temperature anomalies.

Global_Temperature_1September was also noteworthy for the flurry of climate change activism it saw around the world, including the People's Climate March in New York City, which spawned similar demonstrations around the world and at the UN 2014 Climate Summit, during which world leaders gathered to discuss their strategies for reducing carbon emissions and slowing down climate change.

September was also marked by a spree of climate-related events, including widespread drought in the western US and intense flooding in India.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Article: BBM goes all Snapchat with new ephemeral timer feature, will let you retract messages manually too

BlackBerry has announced a new update is a-comin' to BBM, with a couple of privacy- and control-focused features in tow. The Canadian company is following in the footsteps of numerous messaging apps with an ephemeral 'timer' feature, a trend that was popularized in recent years by Snapchat. With ...

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Earth Has Been Getting Warmer Way Faster Than We Thought

Source: http://gizmodo.com/earth-has-been-getting-warmer-way-faster-than-we-though-1642825003

Earth Has Been Getting Warmer Way Faster Than We Thought

We know that the planet is getting warmer —but it turns out that it's happening faster than we thought. Turns out scientists have been underestimating warming increases because of inaccurate temperature recordings taken in the southern oceans.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

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Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

Downtown Seattle is being slowly consumed by Amazon-funded infrastructure, thanks to the expansion of its corporate headquarters—glass domes , bike lanes, streetcar improvements. Now the company has figured out an innovative way to heat their new buildings by using the energy generated by their data centers across the street.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Wild Chinese sturgeon on brink of extinction: state media

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-wild-chinese-sturgeon-on-brink-of-extinction-state-media-2014-9

Artificially bred Chinese sturgeons are released into the Yangtze river in China's Hubei province on April 13, 2014

Beijing (AFP) - The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reported, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.

One of the world's oldest living species, the wild Chinese sturgeon are thought to have existed for more than 140 million years but have seen their numbers crash as China's economic boom brings with it pollution, dams and boat traffic along the world's third-longest river.

For the first time since researchers began keeping records 32 years ago, there was no natural reproduction of wild Chinese sturgeon in 2013, according to a report published by the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences.

No eggs were found to have been laid by wild sturgeons in an area in central China's Hubei province, and no young sturgeons were found swimming along the Yangtze toward the sea in August, the month when they typically do so.

"No natural reproduction means that the sturgeons would not expand its population and without protection, they might risk extinction," Wei Qiwei, an investigator with the academy, told China's official Xinhua news agency on Saturday.

The fish is classed as "critically endangered" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's "Red List" of threatened species, just one level ahead of "extinct in the wild".

Only around 100 of the sturgeon remain, Wei said, compared with several thousand in the 1980s.

Chinese authorities have built dozens of dams -- including the world's largest, the Three Gorges -- along the Yangtze river, which campaigners say have led to environmental degradation and disrupted the habitats of a range of endangered species.

Many sturgeon have also been killed, injured by ship propellers or after becoming tangled in fishermen's nets.

Animal populations in many of China's ecosystems have plummeted during the country's decades of development and urbanisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a 2012 study.

According to findings compiled by WWF from various sources, the Yangtze river dolphin population crashed by 99.4 percent from 1980 to 2006, while that of the Chinese alligator fell by 97 percent from 1955 to 2010.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Article: Panasonic X940 4K Ultra HD TV Unveiled With Massive 85 Inch Screen

Panasonic has today unveiled a new selection of 4K Ultra HD TVs that its has launched with the flagship TV coming in the form of a massive 85 inch Panasonic X940 4K Ultra HD TV. Panasonic also unveiled the AX900 4K UHD TV and AX630 4K UHD TV as well as announcing that Netflix 4K […] (Read More .....

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Article: Skype for iPhone now lets you host group audio calls, add or remove people on existing calls

Skype today updated its iPhone app with calling features and accessibility improvements. You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store. The full Skype 5.4 for iOS changelog is as follows: Turn a chat, an audio call or a video call into a group audio call with up to four peo...

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