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Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Satellites show warming is accelerating sea level rise

Technology
Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Sea level rise is caused by warming of the ocean and melting from glaciers and ice sheets. The research, based on 25 years of satellite data, shows that pace has quickened, mainly from the melting of massive ice sheets. It confirms scientists' computer simulations and is in line with predictions from the United Nations, which releases regular climate change reports. "It's a big deal" because the projected sea level ...
FTSE 100 at lowest level since December 2016

FTSE 100 at lowest level since December 2016

Business
A volatile week for world stock markets has ended with more losses with London's FTSE 100 Index following US and Asian markets lower.The slide of more than one percent for the UK's blue-chip index on Friday comes on top of its 1.5% decline on Thursday, taking it below 7,100 to its lowest level since December 2016.The FTSE saw a drop of nearly 5% over the week.European indexes were also sharply down.The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its second biggest fall in history on Thursday, with the decline of 1,032 points only surpassed by the drop of 1,175 witnessed on Monday.This placed the index into what is known as the correction phase, when there is a drop of more than a tenth.It was another choppy session for the Dow on Friday as it turned 1% higher in early trading before reversing th...
Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

World
Following weeks of heavy rain in Paris, the River Seine continues to rise -- now putting its famous Louvre Museum in danger. The water level is expected to reach 20 feet by Saturday, which is 13 feet higher than its normal height, according to the latest official weather bulletin. The rise of the water level is causing disruption to the city’s transportation system. Seven metro stations alongside the river in Paris have been shut down and will remain closed until Jan. 31, transport authorities said. The flood is also starting to affect the Louvre Museum, located next to the Seine. In a statement, France's most visited museum -- home of the Mona Lisa -- said it will close the lower level of the Department of Islamic Arts until Jan. 28. Roads and walking paths along the river have been
Pound at highest level since Brexit vote

Pound at highest level since Brexit vote

Business
The pound has climbed to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote.Sterling was up by more than a cent to reach nearly $ 1.37 in Friday trading. It was little changed against the euro, hovering below €1.13.It has not been as high versus the dollar since the result of the EU referendum in June 2016 sent the pound plunging from $ 1.50.That result saw sterling sliding to less than $ 1.20 in ensuing months before steadily gaining back ground over 2017.The latest rise on Friday was partly attributed to a report that Spain and the Netherlands were open to a softer Brexit deal for Britain.Bloomberg reported that the two countries' foreign ministers had agreed to work together for a divorce deal that would maintain close ties between the EU and Britain.That did little to help t
Mount Agung: Bali volcano alert raised to highest level

Mount Agung: Bali volcano alert raised to highest level

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAbout 100,000 people near Bali's Mount Agung have been ordered to evacuate as officials fear a major eruption.Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level, and expanded the exclusion zone around the rumbling volcano.The island's airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot.Authorities say dark smoke and ash have been billowing up to 3,400m (11,150ft) above the mountain's summit.Officials have warned residents to stay away from rock and debris flows known as lahars, which have been spotted flowing down from the mountain.Mount Agung's volcanic tremors first began in September. Indonesia prepares for a big volcanic eruptionA volcanologist explains Bali eruption photosHow close is it to a maj...