Humane Rescue Alliance issues ‘extreme weather pet advisory’ ahead of heat wave – WTOP


Humane Rescue Alliance issues 'extreme weather pet advisory' ahead of heat wave
WASHINGTON — The official start to summer is still a week away, but a heat wave will be bringing extreme temperatures to much of our area ahead of that. And if you're hot, the Humane Rescue Alliance reminds you that your pets will be too. The Humane …

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It’s been a while since we checked in with and found out what’s new with its innovative LEVIAMP charger, which delivers a premium, easy-to-use, ceiling-mounted vehicle charging solution to indoor garages. But the company has apparently been busy nailing down its proprietary tech and looking for angels to help it scale up production


EU to phase out palm oil from transport fuel by 2030

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU negotiators on Thursday agreed to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030, setting up a clash with producer countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. A text of the deal, seen by Reuters, leaves the wording on …

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Antarctica’s ice is melting three times faster than we thought –

Antarctica's ice is melting three times faster than we thought
"We can see where the ice melting is happening, and it's in West Antarctica – and that tells us why it's happening, because we know that the ocean in West Antarctica is too warm," says professor Andrew Shepherd from Leeds University, who led the latest …
Antarctic ice melt is accelerating and has tripled in recent years …Business Insider
Upcoming research will buck the 'consensus' and show Antarctica is …Yellowhammer News
Full Fledged 5 Alarm Climate Emergency In AntarcticaCleanTechnica
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175 Miles In The “150-Mile” 2018 Nissan LEAF (CleanTechnica Nissan LEAF Review)

2018 Nissan LeafIt’s only really by driving a car that you can get a good impression of it, and I have been very fortunate to be offered the chance to borrow a brand new 2018 Nissan Leaf Tekna, complete with ProPilot, for two days. This was kindly lent to me by Annie Cooper, the Sales Manager at Sandicliffe Nissan in Nottingham


The rate that Antarctica is melting has tripled since 2007, new … – MarketWatch

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The Chicago Transit Authority Selects The Boring Company For New High-Speed Route

The Boring Company is turning out to be anything but, as Elon Musk’s side project to bore transportation tunnels under the world’s cities has found its first customer in the Chicago Transit Authority. The Boring Company announced a project with the CTA to develop a network of tunnels connecting Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago


Oil Prices to Leak Lower as OPEC Look to Switch On Supply Taps

Another reason for the consideration to raise production has been due to the mounting pressure from President Trump, who has been critical of OPEC, stating that they are artificially keeping oil prices high. Trump’s request comes in the context with …

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‘Sustainable palm oil’ may not be so sustainable after all

Vision of an orangutan seemingly under assault from heavy machinery in Indonesia went viral on social media last week, briefly putting the issue of illegal palm oil operations back in the spotlight.

The footage, originally shot in 2014, shows the animal clambering to get away while an excavator pushes the lone tree it is sheltering into the ground.

The men who can be seen pursuing the animal were from International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the Agency for the Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA) and were attempting to sedate and capture the animal before relocating it.

In an attempt to stop scenes like this, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004, with industry partners and social-environmental organisations.

And in 2011 the RSPO trademark was launched as a way to certify products containing sustainably grown palm oil.

Today, many of the biggest producers of things such as chocolate, shampoo, chips, household cleaning products, cosmetics, and even pet foods are members of RSPO and claim their palm oil comes from sustainable sources. Read more

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012 – EarthSky

Scientists in the U.S. and Europe reported this week (June 13, 2018) on what they said what the most robust assessment to date of ice loss in Antarctica and its contribution to global sea level rise. The assessment – funded by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) – combines 24 satellite surveys of Antarctica and involves 80 scientists from 42 international organizations. Its results are that ice losses from Antarctica are moving at a faster rate now, with the rate tripling since 2012. The result has been that global sea levels have risen by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone. A statement from NASA said:


According to the study, ice losses from Antarctica are causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years.

The peer-reviewed journal Nature published the recent results of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) on June 13, 2018.

Assessment team co-lead Erik Ivins at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said:

This is the most robust study of the ice mass balance of Antarctica to date. It covers a longer period than our 2012 IMBIE study, has a larger pool of participants and incorporates refinements in our observing capability and an improved ability to assess uncertainties.

NASA said:

The team looked at the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet from 1992 to 2017 and found ice losses from Antarctica raised global sea levels by 0.3 inches (7.6 millimeters), with a sharp uptick in ice loss in recent years. They attribute the threefold increase in ice loss from the continent since 2012 to a combination of increased rates of ice melt in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, and reduced growth of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

Prior to 2012, ice was lost at a steady rate of about 83.8 billion tons (76 billion metric tonnes) per year, contributing about 0.008 inches (0.2 millimeters) a year to sea level rise. Since 2012, the amount of ice loss per year has tripled to 241.4 billion tons (219 billion metric tonnes) – equivalent to about 0.02 inches per year (0.6 millimeters) of sea level rise.

West Antarctica experienced the greatest recent change, with ice loss rising from 58.4 billion tons (53 billion metric tonnes) per year in the 1990s, to 175.3 billion tons (159 billion metric tonnes) a year since 2012. Most of this loss came from the huge Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which are retreating rapidly due to ocean-induced melting.

At the northern tip of the continent, ice-shelf collapse at the Antarctic Peninsula has driven an increase of 27.6 billion tons (25 billion metric tonnes) in ice loss per year since the early 2000s. Meanwhile, the team found the East Antarctic ice sheet has remained relatively balanced during the past 25 years, gaining an average of 5.5 billion tons (5 billion metric tonnes) of ice per year.

Antarctica’s potential contribution to global sea level rise from its land-held ice is almost 7.5 times greater than all other sources of land-held ice in the world combined. The continent stores enough frozen water to raise global sea levels by 190 feet (58 meters), if it were to melt entirely.

Knowing how much ice it’s losing is key to understanding the impacts of climate change now and its pace in the future.

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