A group of glaciers spanning an eighth of the East Antarctica coastline are being melted by the warming seas, scientists have discovered. This Antarctic region stores a vast amount of ice, which, if lost, would in the long-term raise global sea level by tens of metres and drown coastal settlements around the world. Freezing temperatures meant the East Antarctica region was until recently considered largely stable but the research indicates that the area is being affected by climate change. The vast Totten glacier was known to be retreating but the new analysis shows that nearby glaciers in the East Antarctica area are also losing ice. To the east of Totten, in Vincennes Bay, the height of the glaciers has fallen by about three metres in total since 2008, before which no loss had been recorded. To the west of Totten, in Wilkes Land, the rate of height loss has doubled since 2009, with glaciers losing height by about two and a half metres to date. The data comes from detailed maps of ice … [Read more...] about East Antarctica glacial stronghold melting as seas warm
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Superstar DJ Judge Jules says Stoke-on-Trent has had a 'major impact' on the UK clubbing scene - as he prepares to return to North Staffordshire for a special reunion. Jules – real name Julius O’Riordan – was a frequent visitor to the Potteries when Golden at The Void in Hanley was renowned as one of the finest club nights in the country. The iconic Void was closed in 2003 and the building bulldozed two years later - while it has been almost as long since Judge Jules last spun the decks in the Potteries. But on Saturday, November 24, he will return to North Staffordshire to perform at the Golden reunion, at Keele University, alongside the likes of Pete Bromley, Danny Rampling and Brandon Block and Alex P. Jules said: “Back in the day I was in Stoke-on-Trent lots and lots. Golden put the city on the clubbing map. Stoke-on-Trent is sandwiched between Manchester and Birmingham, but it managed to establish the sort of clubbing culture you would expect to find in a … [Read more...] about Judge Jules is coming back to North Staffordshire!
A former Archbishop of Canterbury has visited a Stoke-on-Trent centre which helps asylum seekers and refugees. Dr Rowan Williams met service users at Hanley-based ASHA as part of a series of engagements in North Staffordshire. The organisation provides support to around 900 asylum seekers and refugees every year. After hearing personal stories from people that ASHA has helped, Dr Williams gave a talk and spoke to staff, volunteers and trustees. He said: "This is a place where people feel they are being taken seriously, their needs are being listened to and their gifts are being drawn out. They are given a sense of future. "It's crucial that there are facilities like this. If we have people knocking on our doors as refugees and asylum seekers we need to have ways of building conversations and relationships with them. "The problem won't just go away if we close our eyes. We need to find a really positive way of responding and ASHA is one of those ways." Among the ASHA service users that … [Read more...] about Former Archbishop of Canterbury meets asylum seekers in Stoke-on-Trent
An aerial investigator who took a photograph of lost Elizabethan gardens at a Staffordshire Hall over the summer has spoken to us about her work. Earlier this week we reported how Historic England had uncovered a number of historic sites across the UK after the recent heatwave left cropmarks particularly visible from above - including around Tixall Hall near Stafford. Aerial Investigator, Emma Trevarthen, from Historic England, took a photo above the area at the height of the heatwave. She said: “In a lot of cases we already know the buildings existed but we don’t know where they were or how massive they were. “It gives us information about things that may not have appeared on maps. “Tixall Hall was a particularly clear one, and it was really nice to see. “It’s been 10 years since we’ve had a summer that’s been this productive in terms of crop markings, particularly in the Midlands and the North. “We’re really lucky that … [Read more...] about Aerial investigator on lost gardens seen from air
Inspirational teenager Tilly Griffiths is California dreaming after securing a place at one of America’s leading universities. The 18-year-old, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a motorised wheelchair, is determined not to let disability get in the way of widening her horizons. Now she is packing her bags ready for the big move to Stanford University after getting top grades in her A-levels. Tilly, who studied at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, achieved an A* in French and As in English language, English literature and an extended project. She said: “I did the extended project on political commentary. I was looking at the influence of social media on the US election and last year’s general election here. I found fake news played a part as well.” Tracking Donald Trump’s rise to become US President has also been good preparation for university. “I’m really excited about it,” added Tilly, from Cheddleton. “Being … [Read more...] about A-levels 2018: Trump that! Tilly is heading to California to study