Rapid climate change: lessons from the recent geological past

first_imgRapid, or abrupt, climate change is regarded as a change in the climate system to a new state following the crossing of a threshold. It generally occurs at a rate exceeding that of the change in the underlying cause. Episodes of rapid climate change abound in the recent geological past (defined here as the interval between the last glacial maximum, dated to approximately 20,000 years ago, and the present). Rapid climate changes are known to have occurred over time periods equal to or even less than a human lifespan: moreover, their effects on the global system are sufficiently large to have had significant societal impacts. The potential for similar events to occur in the future provides an important impetus for investigating the nature and causes of rapid climate change. This paper provides a brief overview of rapid climate change and an introduction to this special issue, which presents results generated by the palaeoclimatic component of the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s rapid climate change programme, called RAPID. The papers in the special issue employ palaeoclimatic proxy data-sets obtained from marine, ice core and terrestrial archives to reconstruct rapid climate change during the last glacial cycle, its subsequent termination and the ensuing Holocene interglacial; some papers also report new attempts to match the palaeoclimate data to hypothesised causes through numerical modelling. The results confirm the importance of freshwater forcing in triggering changes in Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC) and the close links between MOC and rapid climate change. While advancing our understanding of these linkages, the RAPID research has highlighted the need for further research in order to elucidate more specific details of the mechanisms involved.last_img read more

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Fishing Report: 7/31/20

first_imgSpanish Mack Hello! This is the OCNJ Daily fishing report. This report will give you the where, when and how of fishing our local waters. We hope this information will help you catch the big one!Suggested bait and tackle in this report can be obtained at any of the local fishing shops.The “What” FlounderHere is a list of fish (some common, some not as common) found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Oyster Toad Fish, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Sheepshead, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Triggerfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, Red Drum and many others.The “Where”Some suggestions for locations in Ocean City:Beach fishing (where allowed), the 5th St jetty, Corsons Inlet and the north end of the island near the Longport Bridge are excellent locations.Bridge/Pier fishing: Longport Bridge fishing pier, 9th St Bridge fishing piers (there are 4).Bay fishing: 12th St pavilion, and any street end that is open to the public.Notes:Tide-forecast.com or any reliable tide app on your smart phone will help you fish at the right time of day. I suggest a few hours before and after high tide.For the 2020 NJ recreational fishing regulations, go to:njfishandwildlife.comBack BayThe water temperature stabilized this week, currently at 80 degrees. We are now in the full summer fishing swing, with lots of variety and action.  Anglers are reporting lots of activity on the summer standards: flounder, kingfish, and blues; plus lots of activity on some of the more “exotic” catches like Sheepshead and Triggerfish.!The summer Flounder bite has remained strong, with some good keepers landers. Some reports of 7 – 9 pounders being hooked! That’s what we call “doormat” Flounder.Bluefish, Sea Robins, and those ugly Oyster Toad Fish are being hooked daily.The main take right now in the bay are Flounder.  Minnows, cut squid, and bucktails (white or pink) with Gulp tails are all good working bait.  Bluefish in the 1+ pound range are still hooking up in the bay on cut bait.The Blue Crabs are getting bigger with more keeper size being netted. A great way to spend the day: fishing and crabbing for a family dinner!Good spots to catch all these fish mentioned is the Longport Bridge fishing pier, Corsons Inlet on the south end of the island and one of the fishing piers on the Rt 52 Causeway. The fishing pier at the end of 12th St is also a nice little spot.Piers and BridgesThe variety has expanded with the warmer water this week,  Flounder, Blues, Sea Robin, and Oyster Toad fish mixing in with Sheepshead and Triggerfish.Flounder, Triggerfish and Sheepshead are biting on squid and minnows – on smaller hooks (#4 or #6 hooks).  Cut bait (bunker or squid) for the Blues, Sea Robins (and Oyster Toad fish).SurfSpanish MackWhile the Kingfish bite is still very strong (another good year for Kindfish in the surf), the consistent and higher water temp (currently 80 degrees) has brought a variety of fish in to the beaches. Weakfish continue to mix in nicely. A little surprise this week is Spanish Mackeral being taken off the beach! We normally see them more off shore.Kingfish have been consistently taken in the 1 – 2+ pound range. Bloodworms on an over/under rig are the bait of choice for Kingfish, Weakfish, and Spanish Mackeral.The sun is shining, the water is warm, so get out there and fish!Download (PDF, 450KB)last_img read more

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Beaney’s Bakery aids fruit firms in crumble challenge

first_imgBeaney’s Bakery in Strood has joined forces with fruit specialists Fourayes Farm and Norman Collett to produce a one-tonne apple and blackberry crumble.The crumble was created for a new Good Food Channel TV show, Monster Munchies. It was pitched against another Kent-based company’s attempt but was crowned winner, at five times the weight of the previous largest fruit crumble recorded by Guinness World Records.The team was given just 24 hours to create the huge dessert, which was judged by a five-strong panel at the finale, held at Brogdale Farm.“We’d like to thank everyone who helped us with the project. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible,” commented team leader Sarah Calcutt, business development manager at Norman Collett. “The past few days have been extremely hectic, from sourcing the ingredients and working out the logistics to the rigorous health and safety checks – not to mention the cooking itself. But it has all been worthwhile and great fun as well.”Fourayes is a manufacturer and supplier of processed fruit and fillings. Norman Collett specialises in marketing top English fruit to the multiple sectors.>>Proper Cornish creates world’s heaviest pastylast_img read more

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No flakes for Délifrance

first_imgDélifrance UK claims to have launched ’flake-free’ pastry slices, to making snacking easier for on-the-go consumers. Available in cheese & tomato, spinach & ricotta and smoked bacon & cheese varieties, the slices are ready to bake from frozen in 30 minutes. They come in packs of 70 and can be served hot or cold.The firm is hoping to capitalise on the current popularity of pies and pasties. “With 57% of adults saying ’there are not enough hours in the day’ it’s not surprising our snacking society has grown in strength,” said Lucy Pickersgill, Délifrance channel controller. “We think our flake-free slices will be loved by the ever-busy customer and caterer alike.”last_img read more

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Indiana State Police trooper bitten by man he was trying to arrest

first_img WhatsApp Indiana State Police trooper bitten by man he was trying to arrest Twitter Twitter (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) An Indiana State Police trooper was bitten by a man he was trying to place into custody.The trooper pulled over a silver Mitsubishi on the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County on Saturday.The driver refused to identify himself to the officer and became aggressive.As the trooper was putting the man in custody, the suspect bit the officer on the arm.That’s when a child got out of the car and started to run into traffic. While the officer was instructing the 6 year-old to get back in the car, the suspect took off running.Police looked for the man, but couldn’t find him and are still looking.The child was released to its mother. Facebook Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Jon Zimney – August 24, 2020 0 381 Pinterest Previous articleGov. Holcomb signs order to increase child care options during virtual school daysNext articleAnalysts: Gas prices still dropping, will likely drop more next month Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Correcting ‘Hamilton’

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed would like to make clear that she likes “Hamilton,” the Broadway hip-hop musical phenomenon about Alexander Hamilton, which audiences and critics have adored and some scholars and writers have scorned.But she would like to make clearer that she found the show problematic in its portrayals of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Fathers, and the issue of slavery. The musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, who in Chernow’s view has been the most underrated and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers.“A Broadway show is not a documentary,” said Gordon-Reed, a history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who also holds the Charles Warren Professorship of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.“Artists have the right to create,” she added, speaking last week at a student-sponsored event about the musical, “but historians have the right to critique.”And so she did.The show portrays Hamilton as a “young, scrappy, and hungry” immigrant (he was born on the Caribbean Island of Nevis, but qualified as a U.S. citizen when the Constitution was adopted), an egalitarian, and a passionate abolitionist. All of this is wrong, Gordon-Reed said.“In the sense of the Ellis Island immigrant narrative, he was not an immigrant,” she said. “He was not pro-immigrant, either.“He was not an abolitionist,” she added. “He bought and sold slaves for his in-laws, and opposing slavery was never at the forefront of his agenda.“He was not a champion of the little guy, like the show portrays,” she said. “He was elitist. He was in favor of having a president for life.”The musical simplifies and sanitizes history, said Gordon-Reed. “The Hamilton on the stage is more palatable and attractive to modern audiences,” she said.Set amid the Revolution, the play fails to depict the central role played by slavery at that moment in history, and also neglects to mention that most of the Founding Fathers were slave owners.“In the musical, only Jefferson is shown as a slave holder,” said Gordon-Reed, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her book on the family of Sally Hemings, slave and mistress to Jefferson. “But Madison owned slaves too, and so did George Washington.”Although she praised the multiethnic portrayal of the Founding Fathers, she wondered whether the casting has helped “submerge” the issue of slavery. She also mused about how the play diverged from the efforts of historians who for the past 50 years have tried to bring a more complicated narrative to the era.“It’s not a purely heroic narrative,” she said. “It’s not just celebration. The Founders accepted slavery as an institution.”Still, she hopes the show’s popularity will serve as a catalyst for a renewed focus on early American history, both in schools and the wider culture. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a “genius,” she said.But if one wants to find out who the real Hamilton is, insists Gordon-Reed, the answer is not on Broadway.last_img read more

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Egypt says it has launched vaccinations against coronavirus

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Egypt has launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. The first shots of Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm’s vaccine were given to healthcare workers in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. Health Minister Hala Zayed says they would prioritize vaccinating healthcare workers in 40 hospitals, designated to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients across the country. Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, has reported more than 161,140 confirmed cases, including 8,902 deaths. However, the actual numbers of COVID-19 cases, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher, in part due to limited testing.last_img read more

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Jason Sudeikis Will Star in Off-Broadway’s Dead Poets Society

first_img Dead Poets Society View Comments Related Shows Saturday Night Live alum and screen favorite Jason Sudeikis will headline the world premiere of Dead Poets Society. The Classic Stage Company production, directed by John Doyle, will begin performances on October 27.Tom Schulman will adapt his Oscar-winning screenplay for the stage. Like the 1989 film, the play is set in an elite all-male boarding school, where new English teacher John Keating uses unconventional methods (such as standing on desks and appreciating poetry) to get his students to challenge the status quo and “make your lives extraordinary.”Sudeikis was an SNL regular from 2005 to 2013 (he also served as a writer for two years prior). His numerous additional TV credits include 30 Rock, The Last Man on Earth and Eastbound and Down. On the big screen, he has appeared in Race, Mother’s Day, Horrible Bosses, The Bounty Hunter and the upcoming sci-fi feature Colossal. Dead Poets Society marks Sudeikis’ New York stage debut, though he has been known to tailgate performances of Wicked.Opening night is set for November 17. Additional casting for the world premiere will be announced in the coming weeks.center_img Jason Sudeikis(Photo courtesy of The Publicity Group) Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016last_img read more

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25 Years of Widespread Panic

first_imgDixie Jam: Widespread Panic starts a huge fall tour in the South this month.In the early ‘80s, Widespread Panic was born at the University of Georgia out of the casual dorm room jams of lead singer John Bell and lead guitarist Michael Houser. After becoming a popular fixture in Athens’ reputed independent music scene, the band gradually spread its dynamic brand of psychedelic Southern groove rock to huge audiences across the country. Now it’s been 25 years since the band’s first official show in 1986, and along the way the group has endured its share of triumphant highs and devastating lows. The Dixie jamband’s road-warrior diligence built a loyal fan following that led to sellouts of monumental venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and Madison Square Garden, as well as a free blowout concert in the streets of Athens that attracted 100,000 people back in 1998. There has also been evolution through adversity, specifically when the band lost Houser to cancer in 2002.After two and a half decades, the band—which now includes Bell (lead vocals and guitar), John Herman (keyboards), Jimmy Herring (lead guitar), Todd Nance (drums), Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz (percussion), and Dave Schools (bass)—is planning an indefinite hiatus to start in the early part of next year. But before the extended break, Panic is celebrating its anniversary with a tenacious touring schedule that includes a huge run through the South this fall and a New Year’s Eve show in Charlotte. Bell chatted with BRO about the band’s biggest moments and his upcoming time off.After 25 years, can you pinpoint a pinnacle moment for Widespread Panic?The first time Mike and I were playing together, and we realized something special and different was going on. That has to be the pinnacle moment, because it led to everything that has come since. Playing venues like Red Rocks and the streets of Athens were really big things, but they happened because of bigger things like knowing we were a band that needed to stay together.Through trials and triumph, what’s been the key to keeping the band vital for so long?It sounds trite, but we always remember to have fun with it. We just keep writing new music and try not to be too serious—just serious enough to keep our jobs.The band recently reconnected with Athens with two big shows to start the year, and the recording of your latest album, Dirty Side Down. Why was the town a great starting point for your band and many others?It’s a great starting point for a lot of bands, because it’s a college town with a bunch of kids partying all the time and a lot of opportunities to play music. Meeting our main producer, John Keane, early on had a lot to do with it as well. He’s a great producer, who’s done great things for our band. When we’re in his studio, we are always comfortable and we always explore new stuff that we wouldn’t without his influence. 1 2 3last_img read more

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