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first_imgFormer BusinessWeek publisher McGraw-Hill reported that net income during the fourth quarter of 2009 spiked 44.3 percent over the same period last year to $167.4 million, the company said in an earnings report released Tuesday. The results included a $10.5 million pre-tax gain ($6.7 million after tax) from its sale of BusinessWeek to Bloomberg LLP late last year.Previously, McGraw-Hill said it expected a $5.9 million gain after tax on the BusinessWeek sale.Meanwhile, full-year net income declined 8.6 percent to $730.5 million and revenue slid 6.3 percent to $5.95 billion for 2009.McGraw-Hill’s information and media division saw operating profit surge 40.6 percent to $45.9, bolstered by the BusinessWeek sale. For the full year, profits were mostly flat (up 0.7 percent) to $92.7 million on $953.9 million in revenue. McGraw-Hill continues to publish several publications include Aviation Week and several trade titles under its McGraw-Hill Construction group.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Statement on Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From The Iran Nuclear DealSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Urges FTC To Require Additional Privacy Safeguards At FacebookSenator Markey Statement On President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From Iran Nuclear DealSenate Democrats Take Final Step Necessary To Force A Vote To Reinstate Net NeutralitySenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren and Perdue Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Military Sexual Assault Treatment Warren Statement On President Trump Withdrawing From The Iran DealWarren, Daines, Shea-Porter Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Streamline National Guard Promotion ProcessLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

VIDEO State Rep Ken Gordon Interviews Congressman Seth Moulton

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: State Rep. Ken Gordon Discusses 2018 Legislative AccomplishmentsIn “Videos”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting, Opioid Crisis & MoreIn “Government” BURLINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of his “Rappin’ with the Rep” local access TV show, State Rep. Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington along with all of Burlington and Bedford, interviewed U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton. They talk local transportation, President Trump’s emergency declaration, gun reform, fake news, political transparency and more.Watch the episode below, courtesy of Burlington Access Cable TV:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 25 Road Rage On Butters Row Bridge Turtle

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 25, 2019:Red light out was out at the entrance of the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. Mass Highway notified. (1:28am)A caller reported a large turtle in the Reed Street roadway. Turtle made it safely across. (7:16am)A caller reported there may be a man in a van living behind Ristuccia Arena. Man was advised he cannot stay on the property without permission. Party departed. (8:18am)A cat was struck by a car on Andover Street. Animal Control Officer brought cat to Mass Vet in Woburn. (8:28am)A caller reported an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend keyed his vehicle on Salem Street. (12:56pm)Animal Control Officer removed a snapping turtle from a driveway on Vermont Road. (2:15pm)A caller reported a past road range incident on Butters Row Bridge. Male party in red pickup truck got out of vehicle and yelled at caller and another car to back up and give him the right of way. (4:18pm)A Church Street resident reported two vehicles, possibly Civics, drove past his home at high rate of speed estimated to be 90 MPH. Police unable to locate. (8:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 10: Driver Issued Summons; Bunny & Turtle Issues; Homeowner Gets Surprise After MidnightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 8: Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault & Battery With A Dangerous WeaponIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img NASA SpaceX 4 5:41 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Originally published March 2, 12.01 a.m. PT. Updates, March 2, 5:32 p.m. PT: Adds tweets, images from launch; March 3, 3 a.m. PT: Adds ISS docking information. Tags 7:07 SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launches to the ISS 16 Photos Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Share your voice Sci-Tech The Crew Dragon trailing the ISS as it prepares for capture. NASA/SpaceX SpaceX has taken another small step toward sending astronauts into space after launching the Crew Dragon capsule early Saturday morning and successfully docking with the International Space Station. spacex-demo1 SpaceX Affixed to the top of a Falcon 9 booster, the rounded cone capsule of the Crew Dragon blasted off in a blaze of fire and smoke from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:49 a.m. ET Saturday. The launch was the first step in the Demo-1 mission, designed to test the capabilities of the capsule over the next week, but it was only the beginning. After launch the capsule coasted to the ISS, making a number of maneuvers to line up with a specialized docking adapter aboard the station. Though live footage of the event appeared low-key, both the Crew Dragon and the ISS were traveling at over 17,500 miles per hour during the monumental docking attempt.  Crew Dragon achieved soft capture with the ISS at 5:51 a.m. ET, but the high-speed space grab wasn’t over. Shortly after, 12 hooks reached out from Crew Dragon to firmly attach it to the ISS, enabling a “hard capture” of the capsule at 6 a.m. ET and marking the first successful docking of a Commercial Crew capsule at the ISS. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with the International… Now playing: Watch this: No humans are on board, but the capsule isn’t empty. Locked within Crew Dragon is a flight dummy nicknamed Ripley and an anthropomorphic plushie of planet Earth designed to indicate when the capsule had reached zero gravity. In addition, the capsule carried around 400 pounds of crew supplies and equipment to the ISS to simulate future missions.  A view from onboard the Crew Dragon as it approached the ISS. SpaceX/NASA On Saturday morning, the historic launch was celebrated with cheers and applause at Kennedy Space Center, after multiple delays pushed the maiden flight back from an expected launch in 2018. The site of the landmark launch was Pad 39A, which has previously seen NASA’s Saturn rockets carry astronauts to the moon aboard Apollo spacecraft and the famous launches of NASA’s space shuttles. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk expressed his appreciation for both the SpaceX team and NASA at a post-launch press conference but noted the mental toll the experience had on him. “To be frank, I’m a little emotionally exhausted,” he sighed. “That was super stressful, but it worked… So far.”    Though the launch was a success, SpaceX still has a few more obstacles to overcome before the demonstration mission is complete. The capsule will remain docked at the ISS until March 8, then begin what is arguably the most important part of its demonstration: successfully returning to Earth. The capsule is fitted with enhanced parachutes and is set to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean. The Falcon 9 blasts off, carrying Crew Dragon for the first time. SpaceX Speaking of the Atlantic, the reusable Falcon 9 booster that launched Crew Dragon landed on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You drifting in the ocean, approximately 10 minutes after liftoff. As part of its Commercial Crew program, NASA handed contracts to both SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to develop rockets that could send astronauts back to space. NASA hasn’t launched humans to space since 2011, when the Space Shuttle program ended. In the meantime, the agency has paid for spots on the Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of over $80 million per seat. That makes Saturday’s success particularly important, helping chart a course for NASA to bring launches back to American soil and keep costs down.  “We want to make sure we keep our partnership with Russia, which has been very strong for a long period of time,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said before the flight. “But we also want to make sure we have our own capability to get back and forth to the International Space Station.” The Crew Dragon separates from the Falcon 9 in Earth’s shadow. SpaceX The Crew Dragon capsule is an enhanced version of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which has ferried cargo from Earth to the ISS on 16 previous occasions. This iteration can carry seven human passengers, which it’ll eventually shuttle to the ISS in low Earth orbit. Provided this demo mission proceeds as planned, the Crew Dragon will have to demonstrate its safety in one more “in-flight abort test,” scheduled for later this year. If it passes that test, SpaceX and NASA will finally be ready to make another giant leap, sending astronauts to the ISS from the US for the first time since 2011. last_img read more

first_img Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Microsoft is jumping on the digital health bandwagon. Gety Images For the past couple years, tech companies like Apple, Google and even Facebook have been doing something seemingly against their interests: Encouraging us to stop using them. On Monday, Microsoft joined those companies by encouraging business people to be more mindful of their time too. The new features, built into the company’s Office 365 business productivity service for Windows PCs, Macs and mobile devices, tracks how people use their computers and then displays that information on a dashboard.For example, Microsoft’s software will soon start showing people how often they focused on a task and for how long. And it will also cheer them on if they successfully disconnected after work. You can even set goals for how often you have quiet days, Microsoft said. Read on ZDNet: Microsoft Build 2019: Azure is the star, and Windows is a bit player The new features, announced at the company’s Build developer conference in Seattle, are the latest in a growing trend of tech companies aiming to make us feel better about using their devices and services. They’re doing this by encouraging us to be more mindful about how much of our lives get taken up by technology in the first place. At Apple, this comes as part of a feature called Screen Time, which shows you how often you use your phone and what types of apps you’re using most. You can also set limits on how long you can use specific apps, like Facebook. Google’s Android software for phones and tablets has a tool called Digital Wellbeing that offers similar features. Even Facebook and Instagram, which are often derided as places people zone out and lose hours tapping and scrolling, have a screen time feature. For Microsoft, these features are part of a broader refinement to Microsoft’s Office 365 business software. The suite, which includes access to the company’s popular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook apps, is used by 180 million people. Microsoft said the new features will be available “in the next few months.”  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice reading • Microsoft, at its Build 2019 conference, says you need to put down that phone Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Post a comment 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Microsoft Office Google Microsoft Apple See All Computers Software Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

first_imgInfosys, India’s second largest IT firm, has been cleared of visa violations by the US government after a three-month probe, the company said on Tuesday.”Infosys is pleased to report that the US Department of Labour (DOL) concluded its investigation with a determination of compliance regarding labour condition applications filed in the Southern California Edison project. Infosys fully cooperated with the DOL in its investigation, and over 145 files were reviewed, with no violations found,” the company said.In June 2015, the US government had ordered an investigation to probe alleged violation of rules pertaining to H-1B visa by Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The probe was initiated after two US Senators alleged that the two companies misused an H-1B visa programme to “replace hundreds of American workers” at an electric utility, Southern California Edison. Prior to the investigation, Southern California Edison had laid off over 500 technology workers.”Many said they were made to train replacements who were immigrants on temporary visas, known as H-1B, brought in by the Indian firms, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys”, an NYT report said.But Infosys has denied indulging in unfair practices.”We do not practice or condone unfair or unethical H-1B visa practices. Our key priority is to operate fairly, ethically and with integrity, which is good business and what our clients expect,” said Sandeep Dadlani, EVP and Head of Americas of Infosys.In another similar instance, an American IT professional, who worked with TCS, had filed a lawsuit against the company in April, accusing the company of practising discrimination against Americans in its US offices and favouring South Asians in hiring and promotion.Indian IT companies are among the top recipients of H-1B visas issued by the US government. The visas allow companies to hire highly skilled workers from other countries when there is non-availability of such workers in the US.Responding to the development, the Infosys stock rose more than 1% on Tuesday morning to trade at Rs 1,070, while the benchmark Sensex climbed over 190 points.Analysts are bullish on the stock. “We maintain our BUY with a price target of INR 1306 and remain positive on the IT space,” said Sarabjit Kour Nangra, VP Research, IT & Pharma, Angel Broking.last_img read more

first_img Cyclone Fani | The cyclonic storm completely moved into land The schools and colleges in Gujarat have declared a holiday on June 13, anticipating the impact of the cyclone. (Representational Image)The cyclonic storm Vayu is fast moving northwards over the east-central Arabian Sea and is expected to hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in early hours of Thursday, June 13.The cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. It will hit the Gujarat coast around Veraval and Diu region, with windspeed going up to go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph.The deep depression is located off the Lakshadweep coast near Aminidivi. Cyclone Vayu over East Central Arabian Sea.CS ‘VAYU’ about 350 km west-southwest of Goa at 0830 IST. To move nearly northwards & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of 13th June 2019. pic.twitter.com/LbjZI6RMwu— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 11, 2019Fishermen have been advised to not venture into Southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, along the Kerala and Karnataka coasts on Tuesday and the east-central Arabian Sea and along the Maharashtra Coast on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Advisory has also been given to not venture into the Northeast Arabian Sea and along Gujarat coast on Wednesday and Thursday.The schools and colleges in Gujarat have declared a holiday on June 13, anticipating the impact of the cyclone. The Gujarat government is on high alert and has decided to deploy 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.The government will also put the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on alert. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also reportedly said that people living in the coastal belt would be shifted to safer places.”We have cancelled leaves of all the employees concerned and asked them to join the duty. After the Cabinet meeting, all the ministers will go to various districts to oversee relief and rescue operations,” Rupani told reporters in Gandhi Nagar. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Impact in other statesDue to changes in wind direction because of Vayu, isolated dust storm and thunderstorm activity are also expected in parts of Rajasthan on Tuesday, leading to a marginal drop in temperatures over the region. Scattered dust storm followed by rain and thundershower is expected over many parts of Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday.Mumbai would see good rains and high-velocity winds as the cyclone is expected to cross 250-300 km away, parallel to the Mumbai coast, in the early hours on Wednesday.In Kerala, Alappuzha recorded 106 mm of rain, Kottayam 92 mm, Kochi 91 mm, Thiruvananthapuram 58 mm, and Kanyakumari 36 mm within a span of 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rains are expected over coastal Karnataka and Goa in the next 24 hours.A cause of worryBut while Vayu is expected to not result in widespread destruction, it is a cause of worry because it is likely to halt the northward progression of the monsoon for a few days, by sucking all the moisture from the monsoon winds towards itself.The arrival of the monsoon has already been delayed, hitting the Kerala coast on June 8 instead of June 1. Closelast_img read more

first_imgSpider-Man: Far From Home and Jyothika’s Raatchasi.PR HandoutTime and again, Hollywood films have proved that they have a constantly growing market in Chennai. Spider-Man: Far From Home has now taken the top spot after getting a flying start at the collection centres in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.Spider-Man: Far From Home has, in fact, performed better than local movies. It has raked in Rs 1.61 crore from 231 shows at the Chennai box office, as per Behindwoods.Jyothika’s Raatchasi is in second place at the Chennai box office. It has raked in Rs 68.01 lakh from 201 shows. It is considered to be a good number for a female-centric film.It is followed by Kalavani 2, which has earned Rs 13.96 lakh from 78 shows. The movie was hit by financial issues on the opening day, leading to the cancellation of shows across the state.Yogi Babu’s Dharmaprabhu has entered its second weekend in Chennai. Unfortunately, the film has failed to perform. It earned Rs 9.60 lakh to take its total collection to Rs 57.26 lakh by the end of its second weekend.Hindi film Article 15 has grossed Rs 9.48 lakh from 36 shows at the Chennai box office. It has collected Rs 33.28 lakh from 36 shows.Samantha’s Oh! Baby has got an average opening in Chennai. It has earned Rs 9.43 lakh from 45 shows. Hollywood flick Annabelle Comes Home has collected Rs 8.30 lakh from 48 shows to take its total tally to Rs 77.60 lakh.Vijay Sethupathi’s Sindhubaadh, which saw the light of the day after much delay, has failed to set the box office on fire. To everyone’s shock, the business has completely dropped in the second weekend itself.It has made a collection of Rs 5.97 lakh from 48 shows to take its total tally to Rs 1.84 crore. Jiivi has raked in Rs 3.62 lakh from 39 shows to take its total tally to Rs 11.67 lakh.last_img read more

2 sisters killed as bus plunged into roadside canal

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo sisters were killed as a passenger bus fell into a roadside canal at Jaintiapur in Sylhet, witnesses and police said.The accident took place at Katagang area of Sylhet-Tamabil highway on Wednesday afternoon.The deceased are Lubna Begum, 10 and Ahna Begum, 14, daughters of Showkat Ali of Fulbari village of Jaintiapur. More 15 passengers were rescued and they received treatment at Jaintiapur upazila health complex.Quoting witnesses, police said the driver of Sylhet-bound bus from Zaflong lost control over the steering while overtaking another bus at Katagang area of Jaintiapur.The bus overturned and plunged into a roadside canal after hitting an electric pole, leaving two sisters dead on the spot, police said.Jaintiapur police station officer-in-charge Khan Mohammad Moinul Zakir told Prothom Alo that the bodies were sent to MAJ Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. The bus was seized, he added.last_img read more

Minni faces police interrogation over Rifat murder

first_imgMinniPolice took Aysha Siddika Minni to the police superintendent’s office on Tuesday morning for interrogation over the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif in broad daylight, reports UNB.A team of police went to Minni’s residence near Barguna Police Lines around 9:45am and took her to the SP’s office, said witnesses.However, SP Maruf Hossain said police brought Minni to his office to take her deposition as a witness in the murder case.Md Humayun Kabir, inspector of Sadar police station and the investigation officer of the case, and the SP were taking her deposition under section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for the sake of investigation, he said.Police also sought Minni’s cooperation to identify the murder suspects, according to the SP office.The new development came after Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif and locals demanded Minni’s arrest alleging that she had part to the gruesome murder of her husband.At a press conference at Barguna Press Club on Saturday night, Dulal Sharif demanded the arrest of his daughter-in-law to investigate whether she had colluded with the killers.He had alleged that Minni concealed the matter that she was previously married to Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, the prime accused of the Rifat murder case who was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on 2 July, and she used to visit Nayan’s house frequently.Besides, instead of trying to protect Rifat on the day, she was busy with herself and even ‘helped the killers’, according to Dulal.He raised a 10-point allegation against Minni who has been made the first witness in the case.Besides, locals formed a human chain on the Barguna Press Club premises on Sunday morning to press for the same demand.Many people, including Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif, took part in the human-chain programme.Soon after the human chain, Minni arranged a press conference at her father’s house where she claimed that propaganda was being spread against her to protect the murderers. “My father-in-law (Dulal Sharif) is sick and he has no balance.”She alleged that a vested group has been out to implicate her in the case through misguiding her father-in-law so that the accused get released.About the claim that she had previously married to Nayan Bond, Minni refuted it, saying, “Why hadn’t Nayan stood in my way when I married Rifat if I had earlier married him?”Police have so far arrested 13 people in connection with the Rifat murder. Seven of them have confessed to their involvement in the murder.A video clip of the murder captured in a surveillance camera went viral on social media. It showed criminals hacking Rifat Sharif brutally in broad daylight in front of Barguna Govt College while his wife Minni was trying to save him.Rifat was sent to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal where he died.Dulal Sharif, the father of Rifat, filed a case against 12 people.last_img read more

Houstons Contributions to Combat Climate Change

first_img Share Listen The United Nations has just released a report on global warming and a local expert told Houston Matters Wednesday the Bayou City has become of the American metropolises leading the way with initiatives to better protect the environment.Gavin Dillingham is program director of Clean Energy Policy at Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and said what the report presents isn’t surprising but “hopefully it’s a wake-up call to a lot of people that may not have been paying as much attention to it or that still need maybe more information or data.”Dillingham noted that, a few years ago, the City of Houston “first looked at its internal operations and really tried to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions there through just improving operations in buildings and fleet to waste management, etcetera.”“Now the City is looking to do that on a community wide basis through its Climate Action Plan,” the expert added.Dillingham also highlighted that one of the main goals of Houston’s Climate Action Plan is to meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goals as initially established in the Paris climate agreement, from which the Trump administration withdrew last year.For Dillingham, there are several American cities that are working towards meeting those goals and “the City of Houston has really taken a good leadership role” by trying to combine cost-effective measures that will better protect the environment but that will also promote the city’s economic vitality.The expert also underscored the fact the City of Houston has recently joined the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a $164 million global effort to build urban resilience around the world.At a regional level, the HARC expert explained his organization is working on helping a group of nine counties near the Texas Gulf Coast to prioritize efforts to combat climate change. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /05:09last_img read more

Why Rice Researchers Created A Tombstone For An Icelandic Glacier

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:33 Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe/Rice UniversityAn aerial view of the former Okjökull glacier.Rice researchers will place a memorial on the former site of Okjökull, the first Icelandic glacier to be lost due to climate change.Rice University’s associate professor of anthropology Cymene Howe and professor of anthropology Dominic Boyer said they wanted to create something similar to a  “tombstone” for the glacier to remind people that its loss is part of a larger global issue.“We wanted to create a kind of calling that people would recognize” Howe said. “What we want to recognize with this is that anthropogenic climate change is also a human event and it’s one that we have control over and that we can also recognize a way forward.”Boyer said that while Okjökull, commonly known as “Ok”, is Iceland’s first glacier to disappear, more will follow in the coming decades. Okjökull lost its status as a glacier in 2014, after melting down to one square kilometer and 15 meters deep, according to The Guardian. Ok originally measured almost 15 square kilometers. Howe and Boyer said that scientists are worried all of the 400 glaciers surrounding Iceland will disappear by 2200. Dominic Boyer/Cymene HoweThe memorial plaque for the Okjökull glacier that will be unveiled August 18.The researchers also produced a documentary last year called “Not Ok,” that documented Okjökull losing its glacier title. They said their goal in bringing attention to Ok’s story is to “move beyond the science question.”“We wanted to move beyond this question of constantly being worried about the science,” Howe said. “Because it doesn’t seem to be getting us where we need to be, which is collectively coming to an agreement about how we can all collectively turn back the dials on CO2 and other emissions that are causing global warming.”On the plaque, the figure “415 ppm CO2” is inscribed to represent the record-breaking levels of carbon dioxide that were recorded in the atmosphere earlier this year. Howe said this serves as a reminder of what’s at stake. “If we extend out our thinking beyond this little glacier in Iceland, we can see that there are really dramatic environmental impacts that are affecting not just people who live near glaciers, but people who live along coasts everywhere in the world,” she said. This thinking also applies to Houston, even though the city is far away from any glaciers or ice sheets. “If we let this amount of CO2 stay in the atmosphere, Houston will literally go under water,” said Boyer. “And that’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it’s almost guaranteed without substantial changes.”The plaque will be unveiled at the site of Okjökull on August 18. Listen to the researchers discuss the glacier on Houston Matters in the audio below: Listen Sharelast_img read more