Fractured Antarctic ice sheet will create the largest iceberg ever recorded

June 1, 2017 by  
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Due to global warming and rising temperatures, glaciers are slowly melting – and, in some cases, breaking apart. A massive 8-mile crack is steadily growing along Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf – and when it splits, the resulting iceberg will be around 1,930 square miles (5,000 square kilometers) in size. That’s as big as Delaware – making it quite possibly the largest iceberg ever recorded. CNN reports that because the ice shelf’s direction has changed, it is breaking away from the rift at a fast pace. Adrian Luckman, lead researcher in UK-based research team Project MIDAS, said: “The rift tip appears to have turned significantly towards the ice front, indicating that the time of calving (breaking away) is probably very close. There appears to be very little to prevent the iceberg from breaking away completely.” When the gargantuan formation does fully break away from the rift, “the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10% of its area,” wrote Luckman. The resulting event “will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula.” Researchers are concerned the rift’s change of direction and the sheer size of the iceberg will result in problems. For instance, Poul Christoffersen of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge is concerned that the whole ice shelf will disintegrate as a result of the event. “The ice shelf can and probably will undergo a rapid collapse,” he told the press. “And this isn’t a slow process — it can happen in a day or two.” Related: Dubai firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica for fresh water Researchers are also concerned that climate change is resulting in larger iceberg formations and thinner ice shelves around Antarctica. Said Christofferson, “The ice shelves that are collapsing are getting bigger and bigger.” When glaciers melt and break apart, sea levels rise – which results in increased flooding and natural disasters . Christofferson added, “We need to make sure that we curtail our emissions of carbon dioxide so that we don’t destabilize the big ice shelves. If we go on with business as usual, we are playing with potential changes in sea levels that will affect millions and millions of people.” Via CNN Images via Wikimedia Commons , Wikipedia

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14,000 forced from homes by flooding in San Jose

February 23, 2017 by  
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A series of heavy rainstorms has caused severe flooding near San Jose, California, forcing a mandatory evacuation of at least 14,000 residents overnight . About 250 of those people had to be rescued via boat by emergency crews. The flooding affected Coyote Creek and the spillway of the Anderson Reservoir, which was filled to capacity by the recent rain. An additional 22,000 have not been ordered to evacuate yet, but have been encouraged to leave their homes. Some of those affected have complained that they received no advance notice that they needed to evacuate until firefighters showed up, delivering notifications door-to-door, leaving them little time to prepare. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has pledged to investigate the issue. Floodwaters have begun to recede, however, the danger may not have passed. Further rain is forecast for this weekend, but the break in the rain should allow authorities time to assess the current damage. Water levels in Coyote Creek are already at a 100 year peak, so any additional rain could be dangerous. Related: California storms could herald the end of punishing historic drought After a lengthy drought, heavy storms have pummeled much of California this year, causing mudslides and flooding. Earlier in the month, nearly 200,000 people were evacuated near the Oroville dam due to fears it might overflow. Via NPR Images via AJ+

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4 megatrends transforming the construction industry

July 5, 2016 by  
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Facing greater challenges such as natural disasters and market volatility, the sector is looking to reshape itself.

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8 tiny LED flashlights in a matchbook provide 64 hours of emergency light

March 16, 2016 by  
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Researchers present a scientific explanation for Bermuda Triangle disappearances

March 16, 2016 by  
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Aliens, supernatural forces, and the city of Atlantis have all been blamed for the disappearances of planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle, an area between Bermuda , Puerto Rico, and Miami. The Bermuda Triangle myth was propelled into the public imagination in the 1950’s and although it was effectively debunked in the 1970’s, has lived on in movies, music, and articles. Now, a Norwegian team’s Arctic research may provide some answers to this tropical area of the ocean . Read the rest of Researchers present a scientific explanation for Bermuda Triangle disappearances

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Earthquake-proof beds could save your life – and give you nightmares

December 18, 2015 by  
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Earthquakes take the lives of too many people each year and one designer has had enough. Wang Wenxi is credited with a circulating video of bed prototypes which hastily lock away sleepers at the first sign of a quake. This is done by dropping slumberers into a vault-like panic room underneath their mattresses. While the thought of a natural disaster strikes fear into many people’s hearts, these contraptions would make any claustrophobic pause before climbing into bed. Read the rest of Earthquake-proof beds could save your life – and give you nightmares

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Why a highway in California suddenly lifted and twisted within a matter of days

November 25, 2015 by  
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If you took a glimpse at the uprising and jagged Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, California, and immediately suspected underground “graboids” from the 90s movie Tremors, you’re not alone. Residents joked about subterranean worms causing this weekend’s sudden, three-day lifting and warping of the highway, yet the actual cause may be just as mysterious. Read the rest of Why a highway in California suddenly lifted and twisted within a matter of days

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Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as swarms of locusts plague the region

August 5, 2015 by  
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Russia is dealing with a natural disaster of biblical proportions: locusts. Millions of locusts are swarming over farmland in southern Russia, destroying crops desperately needed in the economically depressed nation . At least 800 hectares of land are infested with locusts, leading officials to declare a state of emergency in the region. It has been over three decades since southern Russia has dealt with such an overwhelming plague of locusts. “In Kalmikya, Astrakhan, Volgagrad, and Dagestan, there is already no food left for the locusts, so they have moved on to other sources of food,” says Tatiana Drishcheva of the Russia Agricultural Center. Read the rest of Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as swarms of locusts plague the region

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Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

June 17, 2015 by  
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Massive storms bring flooding, tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma

May 26, 2015 by  
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Flash floods in Texas and Oklahoma have created a disaster situation that Texas governor Greg Abbott likens to a tsunami. On Monday, Abbott declared a state of emergency in 37 Texas counties as the weather service issued warnings that the floods may not be over. The peak of the floods occurred Monday afternoon, when over 20 high-water rescues were performed as emergency services personnel fanned out across the area south of Austin, where the worst of the floods occurred. The storm that caused the torrential rains then traveled eastward toward Houston, where the damage continued. Read the rest of Massive storms bring flooding, tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deadly storms , deadly weather systems , governor greg abbott , missing people , natural disasters , okahoma floods , texas floods , texas state of emergency , tornadoes in mexico

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