Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 nations for limiting global warming, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Thursday. The data are the first of the New Year to confirm many projections that 2016 will exceed 2015 as the warmest since reliable records began in the 19th century, it said in a report. The Arctic was the region showing the sharpest rise in temperatures, while many other areas of the globe, including parts of Africa and Asia, also suffered unusual heat, it said. A few parts of South America and Antarctica were cooler than normal. Global surface temperatures in 2016 averaged 14.8 degrees Celsius (58.64°F), or 1.3C (2.3F) higher than estimated before the Industrial Revolution ushered in wide use of fossil fuels, the EU body said. In 2015, almost 200 nations agreed at a summit in Paris to limit global warming to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial times while … [Read more...] about World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming
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A record-breaking string of hot years since 2000 is almost certainly a sign of man-made global warming, with vanishingly small chances that it was caused by random, natural swings, a study showed on Monday. Last year was the hottest since records began in the 19th century in a trend that almost all scientists blame on greenhouse gases from burning of fossil fuels, stoking heat waves, droughts, downpours and rising sea levels. "Recent observed runs of record temperatures are extremely unlikely to have occurred in the absence of human-caused global warming," a U.S.-led team of experts wrote in the journal Scientific Reports. Written before 2015 temperature data were released, it estimated the chance of the record run - with up to 13 of the 15 warmest years all from 2000 to 2014 - was between one in 770 and one in 10,000 if the series were random with no human influence. Lead author Michael Mann, a professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, told Reuters that the … [Read more...] about Record hot years almost certainly caused by man-made warming
Filipino soldiers wave from the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy as it is anchored near Ayungin shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Ritchie A. Tongo/Pool The Philippine navy is quietly reinforcing the hull and deck of a rusting ship it ran aground on a disputed South China Sea reef in 1999 to stop it breaking apart, determined to hold the shoal as Beijing creates a string of man-made islands nearby. Using wooden fishing boats and other small craft, the navy has run the gauntlet of the Chinese coastguard to move cement, steel, cabling and welding equipment to the BRP Sierra Madre since late last year, two navy officers who have been inside the vessel told Reuters in recent interviews. The 100 meter-long (330-foot) tank landing ship was built for the U.S. Navy during World War Two. It was eventually transferred to the Philippine navy, which deliberately … [Read more...] about Philippines reinforcing rusting ship on Spratly reef outpost – sources
Weighed in gold, Michael Phelps is worth about $3 million. In reality the face of the Beijing Olympics is probably worth 10 times that amount each year. Marketing experts said the 23-year-old American, who is now the most successful Olympian with 11 gold medals, will become the richest professional swimmer ever, far surpassing the money earned by the former most decorated U.S. swimmer, Mark Spitz. "He's the greatest Olympian in the world and he'll be able to earn money everywhere as he's an international brand," Australia-based celebrity agent Max Markson told Reuters. "He's a billion dollar man. He won't have to get a job ever. He can live off this for 50 years." Olympic sports have meant big business since the Olympic movement allowed professional athletes to compete 20 years ago. But none has banked the sums earned by charismatic megastars like Tiger Woods, David Beckham or Michael Jordan whose names are globally known and set cash registers ringing everywhere. Eli … [Read more...] about Michael Phelps, the billion dollar man?
Three years ago, Nguyen Phuong Mai, was wallowing in self pity, depressed and forlorn over the break up of a relationship in which her boyfriend eventually left her for another woman. However, her sojourn into an emotional abyss began to take a turn for the better when the Hanoian native discovered Salsa, the passionate and vibrant Latin-American dance known the world over for its highly charged sensuality. “The loneliness and desolation that came to me during the evening made me dread going home early after work just to sit in my little room. I wanted to be tired so I could fall asleep as quickly as possible. That’s a major reason why I decided to join the Ha Noi Salsa Club,” said Mai. “I think that it was the brightly-coloured space, the lively atmosphere and sense of comradery that I noticed at the club that really helped me shrug off some of the pressure I was feeling following my break-up,” she said. Mai, 28, discovered that what began as a … [Read more...] about Salsa heating up Hanoian summer