New findings in the journal Nature are suggesting that global warming could be much more devastating and on a faster timeline than they previously thought.
The study found that Greenland's ice sheet has been melting over the last few million years and would melt more rapidly as the earth warmed up. Previously, scientists thought that the ice sheet did not melt throughout history, so current sea level assumptions are based off of the ice sheets not melting and not contributing to the rising sea level. With this new information, scientists have guessed that if the ice sheet melted, global sea levels would rise 25 feet, more than enough to devastate coastal cities around the world.
The leader of the study, Joerg Schaefer of Columbia University, said that the melting process would take several hundred years, but we should still be concerned because the melted Greenland ice sheet would accelerate things severely.
Researchers have stressed the importance of policy change in order not to go above 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 as a start to fixing and mitigating this complex problem—a problem that coastal cities like Miami are already seeing the effects of. Discuss
Move over dads, this guy just built a Star Wars AT-ACT playhouse for his kids. This superdad, Colin Furze, has been constructing some pretty extreme DIY projects from his home in Stamford, England for the last 10 years.
In the past, Furze has created everything from wrist flame throwers to a fire-spitting motorcycle. His projects have tended to err on the side of danger, but since becoming the father of two little boys it seems the pyro-fanatic is honing in on his craft ability to make things the whole family can enjoy—enter the AT-ACT playhouse in Colin Furze’s backyard.
The fully loaded AT-ACT project was sponsored by eBay, which explains why Furze was able to pull out all of the stops to deck out the playhouse with all of the flashy bells and whistles.
The South Korean Parliament voted to impeach their president, Park Geun-hye, because of a corruption scandal.
Park, the country's first female president, is the daughter of former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, and won the presidency with that support.
Park mentioned that she did not plan to resign.
“I am gravely accepting the voices of the people and the National Assembly, and I sincerely hope that the confusion will come to a satisfactory end,” she said in a national broadcast.
Park was accused of allowing a non-governmental friend to weigh in and influence topics from her wardrobe to who would be placed in official positions; she is also accused of extorting millions from South Korean companies with the help of this friend.
At the hearing, Park gave her fourth public apology in less than two months, but stopped short of admitting wrongdoing. She instead apologized for a "lack of discretion and [her] carelessness.
The South Korean Constitutional Court is currently considering whether she will be removed from her position or not—their decision will come in the next six months. Discuss
John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit Earth and a former senator, has died at 95.
Glenn was one of seven astronauts to travel into space in 1962 on Project Mercury after being a decorated war veteran. He served in World War II and the Korean War and flew 149 combat missions, according to USA Today.
Glenn was not just an astronaut, he was an astronaut on the mission that evened up the space race with Russia in the early '60s.
On his return, Glenn was celebrated nationally with a NASA Distinguished Service Medal and parades in his honor.
Twelve years after that initial flight, he returned to be a Senator representing Ohio for 24 years. In 1984, 10 years later, he ran for president in a campaign that did not go far at all.
Later in 1998, Glenn became the oldest person to go to space at the age of 77 on the Space Shuttle Discovery—this trip orbited the planet 134 times compared to the three orbits he experienced in 1962.
After that mission he worked for Ohio State University, which later established the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
Glenn suffered a stroke a couple years ago and had health issues from that time on.
Many in the science community and politics took to the internet to express their condolences.
We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB
Officials in Russia have announced that the Syrian army will temporarily stop bombing Eastern Aleppo, where nearly 8,000 trapped civilians will be evacuated. The area has been under heavy attack for months, as Syrian forces attempt to take it back from rebel groups.
For their part, the U.S. is cautiously optimistic about the development, telling the BBC, it’s an "indication that something positive could happen but we're going to have to wait and see … Our approach to the situation has been to listen carefully to what the Russians say, but scrutinise their actions.” Discuss
Russia says Syrian army has suspended fighting around east Aleppo for evacuation of civilians https://t.co/N5f9ZBwRz9
OshKosh has a new toddler modeling in their most recent campaign. The ad is a familiar one, featuring a cute kid smiling and wearing the company’s famous overalls. What is different about this ad is that the featured toddler has Down syndrome.
His name is Asher Nash and he is the new face of OshKosh’s holiday line. Initially, Asher was having trouble getting signed to an agency because of his Down syndrome, but that all changed when photos of the toddler went viral on Facebook.
In October, Asher’s pictures were uploaded to a group called, “Kids with Down Syndrome” and shared over 126,000 times. The photos made their way around the web and quickly caught the attention of OshKosh, who in just two months made Asher Nash the face of the clothing company’s holiday line.
OshKosh isn’t the first kid’s company to feature a model with Down syndrome and with all of the positive attention they’ve been receiving it certainly won’t be the last. We’re excited to see more authentic advertising from companies like OshKosh and even more excited about the opportunities becoming available for kids like Asher—who is possibly one of the cutest kids alive. Discuss