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The action comes two days after the release of a United Nations report stating Arctic winter temperatures will increase by as much as five degrees Celsius compared to 1986-2005 levels, even if Paris Agreement goals are met. Kelowna's newest councillor, Loyal Wooldridge, was one of the people who addressed the crowd Friday. There is also representation from a range of diverse disciplinary specialisations we need to draw on to tackle how we change the way we live to reduce climate change: ...
  • US Polar Vortex Blamed for at Least 21 Deaths

    US Polar Vortex Blamed for at Least 21 Deaths

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    And the sub-zero cold and bitter winds will stick around for a couple of days, possibly bringing dozens of record lows with a life-threatening freeze before dissipating by the weekend, the National Weather Service reported (NWS). Postal services were unable to deliver mail in parts of Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, the Dakotas and Nebraska. A blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought risky, bone-chilling cold to a wide swathe of the United States on Tuesday (Jan 29), ...
  • ‘Dangerously Cold’: Polar Vortex to Engulf US Midwest, Great Lakes Region

    ‘Dangerously Cold’: Polar Vortex to Engulf US Midwest, Great Lakes Region

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    It would be the first time the Windy City has seen temps that low since the mid-1980s, according to the weather service. O'Hare had delays of about 50 minutes, while delays were about 15 minutes at Midway. The slippery driving will continue through Wednesday morning and there is a chance for school delays. A winter storm brought several inches of snow to northern IL as the region braces for record-low subzero temperatures.
  • How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

    How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

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    The actual color of the "blood moon " will differ depending on atmospheric conditions. The Wolf Moon is the traditional name for January's full moon . "Interestingly, our election could be influenced by these eclipses as the effects can last up to six months afterwards", she says . According to the Old Farmer's Almanac , Native American tribes named each of full moons - this one referring to howling canines outside of villages.
  • A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend

    A 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is happening this weekend

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    According to Astronomy Ireland, the total part of the eclipse runs for 62 minutes from 4:41am to 5:43am on Monday morning, when the Moon will be high in the West as seen from all of Ireland. The total phase of the eclipse will be visible from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the western part of Africa, as well as the northernmost portions of Russian Federation.
  • On the Far Side of the Moon, Cotton Grows

    On the Far Side of the Moon, Cotton Grows

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    The six-wheeled vehicle is carrying a mini biosphere with a live potato, rapeseed and arabidopsis plants, fruit fly eggs, cotton, and some yeast. It's the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, although plants have been grown on the International Space Station before.
  • NASA discovers new exoplanet 3 times the size of Earth

    NASA discovers new exoplanet 3 times the size of Earth

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    TESS - that is, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite - is in the midst of surveying almost the entire sky for exoplanets orbiting stars up to 300 light-years away from Earth . "We've confirmed three planets so far, and there are so many more that are just waiting for telescope and people time to be confirmed", Dragomir said.
  • MPs defeat May government over no-deal Brexit

    MPs defeat May government over no-deal Brexit

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    Among them were Sir Michael Fallon, Kenneth Clarke, Justine Greening, Nicky Morgan, Sir Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve. Many Conservative MPs continue to believe the deal does not represent the Brexit the country voted for, and some are actively calling for Britain to leave with no deal .
  • Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

    Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

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    It is among a slew of ambitious Chinese targets, which include a reusable launcher by 2021, a super-powerful rocket capable of delivering payloads heavier than those NASA and private rocket firm SpaceX can handle, a moon base, a permanently crewed space station, and a Mars rover.
  • NASA’s New Horizons mission releases snowman-like picture of Ultima Thule

    NASA’s New Horizons mission releases snowman-like picture of Ultima Thule

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    The spacecraft "has brought us back to the very beginning of solar system history". The Kuiper Belt body also has an extremely low surface reflectivity, with the New Horizons team likening it to dark potting soil in a garden. In 2015, the spacecraft passed Pluto, providing the first images of a world once considered our ninth planet. Before today, it wasn't known if Ultima Thule was a single object or two objects orbiting one another.
  • NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'

    NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'

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    Initially, experts estimated that the eye-catching feature of Saturn will be gone in 300 million years, but as observed by the Cassini mission , the bands are looking at just a hundred million years. If this continues happening, the Saturn will lose its ring in next 100 million years. If the recent-formation scenario is true, that means Saturn had no rings when giant sauropod dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Jurassic.
  • Watch Comet 46P/Wirtanen as It Nears Earth

    Watch Comet 46P/Wirtanen as It Nears Earth

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    On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet named 46P/Wirtanen will make its 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years. Stargazers eager to catch the comet as it passes across the sky should be able to see it from anywhere on Earth on December 16.
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

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    China launched the relay satellite "Queqiao", meaning Magpie Bridge, on May 21 to set up the communication link between the earth and the moon's far side. Chang'e is the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology. Once on the moon's surface, the rover faces an array of extreme challenges. China has promoted global cooperation in its lunar exploration program, with four scientific payloads of the Chang'e-4 mission developed by scientists from Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia .
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket completes historic third launch and landing

    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket completes historic third launch and landing

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    For the first time, a single orbital-class rocket booster has been used for three missions, pushing a payload into space and then returning safely to Earth each time. It's not the largest launch ever - The Verge noted that an Indian rocket carried 104 satellites into orbit. "Nothing wrong with a little swim". A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites has lifted off from California with a first stage that has been used twice before.
  • NASA's InSight Finally Lands on Mars

    NASA's InSight Finally Lands on Mars

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    Applause, laughter, hollering. You'll hear all that today from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mission Control in Pasadena, California if its InSight spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars. NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight. The landing itself saw InSight slow from 12,300 miles per hour to just 5 miles per hour before touching down on the surface.
  • Climate change will severely affect U.S. economy

    Climate change will severely affect U.S. economy

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    The report even outlines how climate change is expected to affect the distribution of disease-carrying insects, exposing populations to Lyme disease ticks and mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and dengue. Some $1 trillion in coastal real estate is threatened by rising sea levels, storm surges and high-tide flooding exacerbated by climate change, according to the report.
  • Richard Branson Is Just 'Weeks' Away From Sending Virgin Galactic Into Space

    Richard Branson Is Just 'Weeks' Away From Sending Virgin Galactic Into Space

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    Branson cited a Labour Force Survey that found that in 2016, in the United Kingdom alone, mental health accounted for 15.8 million sick days. Then, in 2016, the VSS Unity , which replaced the VSS Enterprise, completed its first glide test with flying colors and completed a few more powered flight tests in April and May.
  • UBC issues warning about disruption of natural gas supply

    UBC issues warning about disruption of natural gas supply

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    A massive pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington State, and companies are urging customers to conserve. The RCMP has confirmed that there has been a pipeline explosion in the vicinity of Prince George , B.C. This includes turning off thermostats and limiting other uses of natural gas as much as possible.
  • Scientists call for urgent action to limit climate change

    Scientists call for urgent action to limit climate change

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    The report highlighted a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in comparison to 2 degrees Celsius or higher. "Even at a little over 1.0°C warming, India is being battered by the worst climate extremes - it is clear that the situation at 1.5°C is going to worsen".
  • Here’s what it would take to stop climate change sooner

    Here’s what it would take to stop climate change sooner

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    The IPCC warns, however, there is a stark difference between 1.5 and even 2 degrees Celsius of warming. He warned the world was already seeing the beginning of "massive displacement and a shocking rise in hunger" - and unless temperatures stayed below 1.5C, island nations would disappear beneath rising seas.
  • Forecasters: Caribbean storm could become hurricane

    Forecasters: Caribbean storm could become hurricane

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    The NWS puts the chances of formation at 40 percent over the next 48 hours. The system is expected to become a tropical depression late Saturday or Sunday and become a tropical storm by Sunday night, the center said. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie continues its easterly path across the central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. It has to get through quite a bit of wind shear, before it enters the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Jewish Physicist Becomes Oldest Nobel Prize Winner

    Jewish Physicist Becomes Oldest Nobel Prize Winner

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    The inventions revolutionized the field, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted in its announcement. Optical tweezers trap a tiny object by using focused laser beams to exert very small forces on it. These optical tweezers could then be used to control and direct individual cells , viruses , proteins , and even atoms. Scientist Arthur Ashkin thought he might have a chance to win a Nobel Prize a few decades ago.
  • Tropical Storm Watch now in effect for SVG

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    The storm had sustained winds of about 75 km an hour but was expected to strengthen within the next 24 hours. Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
  • After the hurricane comes the deluge on SC coast

    After the hurricane comes the deluge on SC coast

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    Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the SC coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate. About 2,200 people were in shelters, compared with a high of around 20,000, the governor said. "So, you know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but laying your own eyes on this from the ground is invaluable".
  • Statement by Premier Doug Ford on the Ottawa Tornado

    Statement by Premier Doug Ford on the Ottawa Tornado

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    More than 270,000 residents and businesses in the Ottawa and Gatineau region are still without power following Friday's violent storm. Officials in Gatineau said that 200 people there had received housing assistance through the Red Cross.