Top story: ‘The wolves are now in sight’ Good morning, it’s Warren Murray with the Tuesday news and views. Melting ice in Greenland disrupts the Gulf Stream current, raising sea levels and pumping heat into the Southern Ocean. There, it speeds up the loss of ice from the Antarctic. As the heat rises, more rain falls in forested regions and the wettened soil is less able to trap planet-warming methane. Ocean floors give up even more methane, heating the planet further still. We will pause there to explain this is not a sequel to The Day After Tomorrow but an illustration of what leading climate scientists fear could happen if “positive feedback loops” are allowed to take hold – by which warming temperatures release new sources of greenhouse gases or destroy the Earth’s ability to absorb carbon and reflect heat, causing a spiral into a “hothouse” world. They ask whether the planet’s temperature can stabilise at 2C above … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Are we headed for ‘hothouse’ Earth?
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Children will enjoy putting some spring sparkle into their reading when they get their hands on a super new selection of imaginative books. Aim high with a picture book celebration of extraordinary treehouses, meet a child-eating monster who finally finds a friend, go wild with a charismatic canine and take flight with an enchanting little butterfly. Age 4 plus:Everything You Need for a TreehouseCarter Higgins and Emily HughesYoungsters will be branching out when they get their hands on this beautiful picture book which takes the concept of treehouses to dizzy new heights.If you thought a treehouse was just a fairly simple structure perched in a tree at the bottom of your garden, then think again. Creative author Carter Higgins and talented illustrator Emily Hughes have big ideas when it comes to outdoor play.This inspirational and magical book offers children an entertaining sequence of treehouses that celebrate the timeless wonder of these eternally popular ‘dens’ and … [Read more...] about Book review: Tall treehouses, a gothic monster and an adorable dog
DeKALB – People will be able to view starry skies with members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road – provided large clouds don't get in the way. Stargazers will learn about celestial objects such as planets, star clusters and nebulae, said John Schwartz, social programs and membership director for NSA. He said some observer highlights anticipated for Saturday evening are Jupiter and its moons, along with galaxies in the Leo and Virgo clusters. "They're quite spectacular and beautiful to view," Schwartz said. "People like those." Schwartz said the club tries to host events like this twice a year during the spring and fall seasons, so the weather is comfortable for viewers to attend the outdoor event. Regardless of season, however, "There are always things to look at in the sky," he said. Schwartz said between 20 and 40 people usually come to the events, which includes larger groups such Boy or Girl Scout … [Read more...] about Public stargazing event Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb
DeKALB – People will be able to view starry skies with members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road – provided large clouds don't get in the way. Star-gazers will learn about celestial objects like planets, star clusters and nebulae, John Schwartz, social programs and membership director for NSA, said. He said some observer highlights anticipated for Saturday evening are Jupiter and its moons, along with galaxies in the Leo and Virgo clusters. "They're quite spectacular and beautiful to view," Schwartz said. "People like those." Schwartz said the club tries to host events like these twice per year during the spring and fall seasons, just so it's comfortable for viewers to come to the outdoor event. Regardless of season, though, "there are always things to look at in the sky," he said. Schwartz said between 20 and 40 people usually come to the events, which has included larger groups like Boy or Girl … [Read more...] about Public star-gazing event Saturday at Afton Forest Preserve
For thousands of years, people have looked to the stars to find greater meaning in the celestial objects above them. Ancient civilisations relied on the stars to guide their travel, using them to develop calendars and even named constellations after people from their cultures.According to the International Astronomical Union, wherever in the world you are, the 88 constellations are the same as those seen Plato, Cleopatra, William Shakespeare and Leonardo Da Vinci, when you’re looking at the night sky.So, as it’s Interntational Astronmy Day, look to the heavens and join the world’s stargazers. Here are Europe’s best spots to sit back and enjoy the some of the most impressive performances the natural world can produce.1. Northumberland, UKIn 2013, Northumberland National Park became an International Dark Sky Park. Along with Kielder Water and Forest Park, 572 square miles of land were given gold-tier status for the quality of starry nights on display, … [Read more...] about International Astronomy Day: 4 unexpected places to go stargazing in Europe