Doubleback Van extends 6.5 feet with the press of a button

June 30, 2016 by  
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The original van frame on which the Doubleback is based measures 5.92 meters (19.4 feet) long, a generous size for a van but a bit cramped for living. However, once it extends, the pod adds another 2 meters (6.5 feet) for 7.92 meters (25.9 feet) of space. The extended compartment in the rear of the van is made of a lightweight but incredibly strong aluminum composite that weighs only 130 kilograms (286 lbs). With built-in supports extended, the area can comfortably hold 600 kgs (1322 lbs) of people or cargo. Unfortunately, all that extra space and built-in furniture comes with a price: there’s only room for two seats up in the cab and the car can only safely hold 2-3 belted passengers, depending on the model. Related: Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home If you want a Doubleback of your very own, it won’t come cheap: the campers start at 55,000 British pounds, the equivalent of around 74,000 US dollars. Each model is custom-built, so there’s plenty of room for alterations based on a customer’s personal taste. + Doubleback

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‘Global climate emergency’ declared after jet stream crosses equator

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A prominent climate scientist has declared a “global climate emergency” after observing the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Beckwith, a geography professor at the University of Ottawa, wrote in a blog post that this behavior is new and “indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing.” If the merging of the jet streams continues, it could disrupt the seasons, threatening the food supply chain and causing “massive geopolitical unrest.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKasUm77D0U In a YouTube video post , Beckwith explained that the warming Arctic from man-made climate change is slowing down the jet stream and making it waver. He pointed out a few spots where the jet streams have merged, pinpointing the exact time when they touched each other as June 27 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Beckwith said we’ve lost the separation between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere jet streams and that if the trend continues it could lead to the equalization of the entire global temperature, reducing seasonality. Related: The Arctic is greening and scientists confirm it’s due to human activity Beckwith was alerted to the development from a blog post by environmental writer Robert Scribbler, who wrote that this “weather weirding due to climate change” is something that “would absolutely not happen in a normal world. Something, that if it continues, basically threatens seasonal integrity.” Scribbler explained that the barrier between the two jet streams is what has generated the strong divide between Summer and Winter during the Holocene Climate Epoch. If the boundary is eroded, it could create what Scribbler described as a “death of Winter” scenario with “more Summer heat spilling over into the Winter zone and vice versa.” Both Scribbler and Beckwith agree that human civilization is not prepared to deal with this new climate trend. “There’s very strange things going on on planet Earth right now,” said Beckwith. “There’s very, very strange things going on with the jet streams which guide our weather patterns.” Via Raw Story Lead image via Paul Beckwith

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