NOTE: I've rewritten this post and redone the graphic. The original map on which I based the reconstruction, provided by the USGS, is distinctly different than the one the USGS provides today. The difference is, in fact, rather dramatic. In comparing the older and newer versions of the maps, I have decided to assume the later, more recent, version is more correct. I admit to being a little annoyed at the USGS providing a truly bogus map on their web site, but that is water under the bridge, as it were. So, the following post is edited a bit and a new graphic is provided. Thanks to wehappyfew for pointing out the likely error on the map. There have been times in the past when there was very little ice trapped in glaciers. During this time, sea levels were higher because that water was in the ocean (most of it, anyway). It has been a long time since then. However, with global warming, more and more glacial ice is returning to the sea and this contributes to sea level rise. The … [Read more...] about How high can the sea level rise if all the glacial ice melted?
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Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 11:40 AM EST Jan 17, 2019 Michelle Kwan skated toward the edge of the ice — right into one of the most infamous moments in sports history. “I’m on the ice with Nancy Kerrigan!” Kwan thought. It was Jan.5, 1994, and Kwan was, at the time, an innocent, awestruck, 13-year-old. "Nancy! Nancy!" the fans were screaming inside Cobo Arena. After finishing a practice session at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Kwan and Kerrigan came off the ice together. Kwan let Kerrigan go first, out of deference and respect. Kerrigan, the reigning national champion, leaned against the boards and slipped covers over her blades. She wore a white lacy costume and black gloves. “Everybody was screaming Nancy’s name, trying to get an autograph,” Kwan said. “Back then, it was autographs, not selfies. She was probably 7 or 8 feet in front of me.” [ Attack on Nancy Kerrigan: A timeline … [Read more...] about Tonya Harding saga changed figure skating … for the better
AMAZON boss Jeff Bezos was last night embroiled in a sexting scandal — just 24 hours after announcing his divorce. Raunchy texts allegedly sent by Amazon chief Bezos to a married TV host Lauren Sanchez tell of his lust for her. The world’s richest man reportedly told Sanchez last May: “I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in. The previous month he is said to have texted: “I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon.” The messages are at the heart of claims that married Bezos, 54 — who is getting divorced — had a secret eight-month affair with Sanchez, 49. Bezos, who is worth $140billion, released a statement on Wednesday saying he had amicably split from MacKenzie, 48 — his wife of 25 years. But hours later his alleged affair with ex-TV anchor and helicopter pilot Sanchez was revealed. Explicit texts were reportedly obtained by US magazine The National Enquirer. It has claimed Bezos … [Read more...] about Billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos rocked by sleazy sexting scandal with married TV host Lauren Sanchez
Sea levels are going to rise The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere directly and indirectly determines the sea level. The more CO2 the higher the sea level. The details matter, the mechanism is complex, and as CO2 levels change, it takes an unknown amount of time for the sea level to catch up. The present day level of CO2 is just over 400ppm (parts per million). For thousands of years prior to humans having a large effect on this number, the level of atmospheric CO2 was closer to 250. Human release of CO2 into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuel, and other human activities, are responsible for this difference. We expect the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to rise considerably by the end of the century. It is remotely possible that by 2100, CO2 will be about where it is now, but only if a significant effort is made to curtail its release. If nothing is done about the release of CO2 by human burning, the number will exceed 1000ppm by 2100. Reasonable … [Read more...] about The Glaciers Will Melt, The Sea Will Rise Up New research on glacial collapse
Friday, Jan 4 2019 8:36 AM full issue President Donald Trump had promised to lower drug costs, but pharmaceutical companies -- after six months of a self-imposed hiatus on price hikes -- are mostly drifting back toward the status quo. In other pharmaceutical news, expensive hepatitis C drugs aren't being covered for Medicaid patients in Puerto Rico. Bloomberg: Drug-Price Fight Squeezes Pharma Between Wall Street And Trump Stat: Payers Expect Drug Prices To Rise 3 To 5 Percent Annually Over Next Three Years Kaiser Health News: Medicaid Patients In Puerto Rico Don’t Get Coverage For Drugs To Cure Hepatitis C And the health industry gears up for next week’s annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference — Stat: Will San Francisco's Issues Push People Away From J.P. Morgan? Bloomberg: Here's What To Watch At The Year's Biggest Health Investor Event Stat: How Do CEO Presenters … [Read more...] about Pharma Companies Trying To Please Both Trump And Wall Street Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place