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Alarming ocean discovery

Alarming ocean discovery A frightening new discovery could have tremendous implications for our own species. Scientists are seeing something in the ocean that makes them very, very concerned: dangerously high temperatures that suggest our lives could be changing very quickly and much sooner than we think. A paper published by the International Union for the Onservation of Nature seeks to explain ocean warming and its consequences, and describes quickly warming seas as the “great hidden challenge of our...

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Global Temperature Sets Another Record

Global Temperature Sets Another Record The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015. Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said that while the first six months of 2015 made it the hottest half-year ever recorded, “2016 really has blown that out of the water.” He said calculations showed...

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Doomsday Preppers: Be Ready for the Apocalypse

Doomsday Preppers: Be Ready for the Apocalypse   What the Doomsday survivalists believe: About Doomsday Preppers…  Big Al spends three months of every year in his underground bunker because he fears that the Russians might send a nuclear missile toward Uncle Sam at any moment. His bunker, buried 10 feet (3 meters) underground in an undisclosed location, will protect him from the gamma rays of an atomic bomb. But the temperature outside his bunker dips to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) in the winter, so he...

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Doomsday Clock Near Midnight

Doomsday Clock Near Midnight The Doomsday Clock, a metaphor for global catastrophe, remains set at three minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, in conjunction with the Board of Sponsors, which includes 16 Nobel Laureates, announced their annual decision on the clock’s setting Tuesday afternoon, and said it would stay the same as last year. They said they based their decision on the global threat of climate change, as well as continued nuclear tensions between...

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Zika Virus Preparation

Zika Virus Preparation There are no vaccines or treatment for Zika, the quickly spreading mosquito borne virus that may be responsible for thousands of birth defects. The most effective way to avoid the disease is not to get bit by a mosquito. Here, six crucial steps to protect yourself from Zika virus-infected mosquitoes. 1. Pick the right mosquito repellent The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with active ingredients DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR 3535. “DEET is the...

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Ten Easy Ways To Prepare For A Disaster

Ten Easy Ways To Prepare For A Disaster Here are ten easy ways you and your family can prepare for a disaster. The Department of Homeland Security, the Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many other organizations have a wealth of information on the topic. To keep things simple, we’ve narrowed it down a bit. Follow #natlprep on Twitter for more tips and info about National Preparedness Month. 1. Know what disaster you’ll face Raining giant meatballs = probably unlikely. Part of preparation is knowing...

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Climate Change : The Apocalypse?

Climate Change : The Apocalypse? Climate Change; Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan. The parade of geological changes and extreme weather events around the world since 2011 has been stunning. Perhaps that’s part of why, as the Public Religion Research Institute reported on Friday, “The number of Americans who believe that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse has...

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A Preview of What El Niño Could Bring

A Preview of What El Niño Could Bring The storm that slammed into the high desert and mountains of Southern California last fall was one for the record books. Intense rain sent massive mudflows onto highways, picking up cars and pushing them into one another. Hundreds of vehicles were trapped in mud up to 20 feet deep; in some cases, motorists were stranded overnight. In one spot in the Antelope Valley, the storm dumped 1.81 inches of rain in 30 minutes on Thursday, in what the National Weather Service described as a 1,000-year...

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Our Sun Could Produce a Superflare Like This

Our Sun Could Produce a Superflare Like This Scientists have spotted a superflare, a massive solar flare, on a star quite similar to our sun. And, given the similarities of the stars, they say our sun too could produce such a brilliant and potentially destructive flash. The properties of the superflare on KIC9655129, the other star, are similar to the sun’s smaller solar flares, suggesting the physics causing the flarescould be the same, the researchers point out in a paper published this fall in The Astrophysical Journal. Solar...

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Sea Level Will Swamp Miami and Other Coastal Cities

Sea Level Will Swamp Miami and Other Coastal Cities Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans. No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved U.S. cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study Monday. But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the Oct. 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal. Scientists have already established that if we do...

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