Martin Shiwak is navigating his snowmobile along the frozen shoreline when his eight-year-old son Dane, who is riding on the back, points at a wall of stunted spruce trees. Shiwak cuts the engine, hops off the machine and quietly pulls out a .12 gauge shotgun. He hands the weapon to Dane, and the pair crouch behind their snowmobile. Dane fires two quick shots. Two white partridges, almost invisible in the tree line, drop dead. Dane runs to retrieve the birds, warming his hands against their bodies to ward off the chill from the cold wind whipping in from the North Atlantic Ocean. Shiwak is an Inuit trapper and hunter who grew up relying on the wild bounty of Labrador. He takes his son out for trips like this every week, trying to pass on generations of knowledge around living off the land: how to collect firewood, hunt and fish, and travel safely in a place where the rhythm of life is still built upon ice and snow. But he’s running out of time. The sea surrounding coastal … [Read more...] about ‘Sea, ice, snow … it’s all changing’: Inuit struggle with warming world
Freezer not cold enough for ice cream
Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice – by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice where it would freeze, thickening the cap. The pumps could add an extra metre of sea ice to the Arctic’s current layer, Desch argues. The current cap rarely exceeds 2-3 metres in thickness and is being eroded constantly as the planet succumbs to climate change. “Thicker ice would mean longer-lasting ice. In turn, that would mean the danger of all sea ice disappearing from the Arctic in summer would be reduced significantly,” Desch told the Observer. Desch and his team have put forward the scheme in a paper that has just been published in Earth’s Future, the journal of the American Geophysical Union, and have … [Read more...] about Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?
PAEDOPHILE publicist Max Clifford died in a "freezing" jail where showers were "cold as ice", new evidence from prison inspectors suggests. The findings, detailed in an upcoming report on Littlehey prison, look set to bolster claims by Clifford's family that the conditions in which he was held contributed to his death. Clifford was a celebrity publicist who in 2014 was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault on four girls and women aged 15 to 19. He was still serving an eight-year sentence at the prison in Cambridgeshire when he died aged 74 in December 2017, two days after suffering a heart attack. The report, to be published in the coming weeks, will detail freezing temperatures brought about by broken boilers in the jail, the Times reported. Daughter Louise Clifford said the findings reiterated complaints made by her father when he was alive.“He said the water in the showers was like ice," she told the Times. "The prisoner in the cell next to him was sleeping in … [Read more...] about Paedo publicist Max Clifford, 74, died in ‘freezing jail conditions’ where showers were ‘as cold as ice’
Coffee chain Pret is giving customers a free iced coffee as part of its special 'Friday Freeze' promotion. From 10am this morning (30 August) customers can rock up to their local Pret and quote a secret code word in order to get their free iced coffee or Cold Brew drink. To redeem the freebie customers must visit a participating shop between 10am and 11am and say "Have an ice day" to your barista. In return you'll get a free organic iced coffee. Pret has already shared details of the promotion on its official Facebook page, writing "We’re celebrating the final #FridayFreeze of the summer.️ For an organic iced coffee on us, quote the password to our lovely Team Members between 10-11am. Find out which shops are taking part http://bit.ly/Friday_Freeze" The iced coffees available in the deal include iced latte and black coffee varieties along with the chain's selection of Cold Brew drinks, which normally cost between £1.99 and £2.45. If you're … [Read more...] about Pret is giving away free iced coffees today for the final ‘Friday Freeze’ of the summer
It’s hard to think of tougher ways to spend a Saturday night than caring for ill children in a busy London hospital, but, according to Dr Ranj, it’s a doddle compared to dancing the cha-cha on live TV. ‘Honestly, going in to do an A&E shift was a bit of a relief after dancing, because it was so much less stressful!’ he laughs. ‘The physical exhaustion, the stress, the mental anxiety was relentless. Strictly was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done – a million times harder than medical school.’ It’s a dreary Monday morning when we meet, but Dr Ranj is filled with the sort of puppy-like energy that’s contagious. It’s probably this that kept him going on the show – there aren’t many people who could work hospital night shifts, catch a few hours kip, then go straight to dance rehearsals the next day. But as tough as it may have been, it was still an experience that Dr Ranj relished, and not just because of … [Read more...] about Dr Ranj reveals why leaving Strictly Come Dancing was like a bad break up