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
You can officially add “Jetovator” to your Christmas list. A group of YouTube filmmakers have made a Star Wars-inspired short film, centered around a race between water-powered Speeder Bikes constructed from the water crafts and a ton of Duck tape.
The result is the coolest fan-made Star Wars movie you'll see today. Discuss
Wesley Snipes is making headlines again. The actor has been laying low since being released from prison three years ago for tax fraud, but recently emerged to talk about the new book he’s been working on titled Talon of God. The story, if you couldn’t gather from the title, will pretty heavily deal with themes of spiritual warfare.
There are spiritual warriors that inhabit this planet who are here to help balance out the evil forces, and they are always looking for the next apprentice. And when they find the next apprentice to train—the next heir apparent—then they can move on to the higher realms.
The budding book author is co-writing the project with Ray Norman in hopes of turning it into a screenplay. The story will largely focus on female protagonists because of Snipes’ desires to "bridge the gap in terms of equality of action content for women." Talon of God will be published by Harper Voyager on July 25. Discuss
A trailer for the latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise has released. The movie picks up where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes left off, with humanity and apes preparing for a final battle of species.
And yes, seeing CG apes riding on horses—now armed with guns—is still weirdly unsettling. The movie releases in July. Discuss
Last night on The Tonight Show, Pharrell joined pastor and Gospel singer Kim Burrell for a rendition of their song “I See a Victory,” written for the film “Hidden Figure.” A full gospel choir joined them for the worshipful performance.
In the past, Pharrell has been open about his upbringing in the church, and the role it’s played on his life and music. He told Kirk Franklin:
I know that there's power in that word [God]. I've experienced it. I've seen it. But everyone has their journey, and not everyone is going to believe
I just remember, like, the fire that you’d see in church. But because I was around it, i just thought everyone had experience that … Everyone’s seen people catch the spirit. Everybody’s seen, you know, when the spirit runs through the church.