The thermometer in the world’s coldest settlement broke as temperatures plunge

January 18, 2018 by  
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The coldest inhabited place on Earth is so chilly right now the thermometer broke. In the village of Oymyakon in Siberia , a public thermometer lets tourists and locals see how low the temperatures go. But this week, as temperatures dropped to -79.6 F (-62 C), the thermostat gave up the ghost and went on strike. Some people say their own thermometers went as low as -88.6 F (-67 C), which is almost a record for the village. Oymyakon is a village of 50 people in Siberia and has a reputation as the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth. The coldest place without human habitation is east Antarctica, which was recorded by NASA as reaching a mind-boggling -138.6 F (-94.7 C) in 2013. Anyone moaning about the weather…could be worse, this is village of Oymyakon in Russia where it is currently -62c!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RONaURGSh — Greigsy (@Greigsy) January 16, 2018 Related: 7,000 methane gas bubbles in Siberia on the verge of exploding The village gets just three hours of sunlight in December and a full 21 in July. It is served by just one small store, and the local school closes when the temperatures reach -61.6 F (-52 C). The town gets its name from a local warm spring, which doesn’t freeze, even in the coldest months – and this certainly looks to be one of them. #??????????? 14.01.2018 A post shared by ??????? (@sivtseva9452) on Jan 14, 2018 at 4:36am PST Via The Telegraph Images via Maarten Takens

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This tent-shaped chapel in Portugal is in tune with nature

January 18, 2018 by  
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This open and inviting tent-shaped chapel by Plano Humano Arquitectos was designed to take full advantage of the majestic views and natural surroundings of Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. The chapel is a new addition to the National Scout’s Activities Camp (CNAE), and its doors are open to anyone looking for shelter or a space for contemplation and introspection. The chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, takes the form of a large tent . The gable roof is lower and narrower at the entrance and it stretches forward and upward towards the rear of the chapel. Related: Modern chapel makes a powerful but minimalist statement in the Austrian countryside The design of the building is aligned with the spirit of communion with nature. Both early morning and late afternoon sunlight illuminate the interior to sustain visitors’ engagement with the space. In fall and winter, the light emphasizes the tranquility of the place and the unadorned symbiosis between building and landscape. A water channel runs through the space on a path that winds past the altar – the central place of any Christian celebratory space – and then into the landscape, directing the user to the cross, which is located outside the chapel. Twelve wooden beams – a reference to the 12 Apostles of the Bible – aims to translate the Biblical numerical symbolism into simple forms, construction principles, and natural building materials . +Plano Humano Arquitectos Photos by João Morgado

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China wants to destroy space junk with giant lasers

January 18, 2018 by  
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Not only do we need to worry about pollution on Earth, but also in space . A team of six scientists in China are working on a very science-fiction-sounding solution: zapping that space trash with lasers . Could a space-based laser really help clean up the tens of thousands of pieces of junk orbiting our planet? From magnetic tugs to long tethers , the ideas of how to deal with our space mess have been imaginative but haven’t given us a firm solution yet. Could lasers offer an answer? Researchers from the Air Force Engineering University and Institute of China Electronic Equipment System Engineering Company published their work in the journal Optik last year on space-based lasers to tackle space debris. Related: ESA unveils magnetic space tug to corral broken satellites drifting in space According to the paper’s abstract, the scientists utilized numerical simulation to explore the “impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station” on Earth-orbiting trash. Per Wired , a space laser could be mounted on a satellite , and in orbit “emit short bursts of near-infrared light:” 20 bursts a second over the course of a few minutes, which could be sufficient to break down the trash into smaller, less dangerous pieces. The scientists said in the abstract their work offers a “theoretical basis for the deployment of space-based laser station and the further application of space debris removal by using space-based laser.” The idea of space lasers isn’t wholly new – a 2015 paper cited by Gizmodo said there’s recently been a renaissance for the notion. That article says a laser would work by imparting energy into hunks of garbage so they could plummet out of orbit and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere . But would the rest of the world accept one country deploying lasers in space? Physicist Victor Apollonov of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ General Physics Institute told Gizmodo such technology could be put to military uses and “due to that, it is questionable.” He said people have been discussing the concept since the early 2000s, and there should be world-scale talks as a first step towards space lasers. Via ScienceDirect , Wired , and Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and ESA

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Sunshine coast of Australia gets hit with heavy snowfall

July 21, 2015 by  
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A mass of Antarctic air has turned the usually mild Australian winter into a snowy winter wonderland. Regions known for their sunny weather, like Queensland, experienced an uncomfortable snow fall last week, paired with record low temperatures for the month of July. The usual 50 degree F winter weather has dipped down as far as 24 degrees F in some areas, making for the coldest winter in over twenty years. Read the rest of Sunshine coast of Australia gets hit with heavy snowfall

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Eat Seasonally – Even in Winter!

November 10, 2011 by  
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Even in the coldest, snowiest months of the year, seasonal eating promises surprising and delightful tastes, with a smaller environmental impact.

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Arctic Sea Ice Sets New Low December Record

January 6, 2011 by  
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photo: DorkyMum / Creative Commons The UK may have just had the coldest December in a century, but here’s an example of how the rest of the planet as a whole is still warming, even more so in the northern latitudes: As Climate Progress reports, the

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Where Have All the Flowers (Daffodils) Gone?

March 18, 2010 by  
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Image from Mail Online This is England, the parks and gardens and countryside are supposed to be filled with golden daffodils by now.

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World’s Largest Climate Change Demonstration in Pictures (Slideshow)

December 13, 2009 by  
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photo: Matthew McDermott On the coldest day of COP15 so far, and also the only sunny one, somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 people assembled in Christiansborg Slotsplads and marched the six kilometers to the Bella Center to demand strong action on climate change, climate justice and basically raised their voices to say that what is needed now is full-fledged system change. Here’s how the march proceeded…

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