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Glacial melt rates in the Himalayas have more than doubled since 2000

Glacial melt rates in the Himalayas have more than doubled since 2000

Science
June 19 (UPI) -- Global warming is shrinking the glaciers in the Himalayas. According to a new survey, glaciers in the region have lost roughly a vertical foot and a half of ice. Scientists compiled data from satellite observations collected over the last 40 years across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. The analysis, detailed this week in the journal Science Advances, showed glacial melt rates have doubled since the turn of the century. During the last 18 years, the average glacial melt rate across the world's tallest mountain range was twice what it was between 1975 and 2000. "This is the clearest picture yet of how fast Himalayan glaciers are melting over this time interval, and why," lead researcher Joshua Maurer, a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observat...
More than 260 dead dolphins found on Gulf Coast since February

More than 260 dead dolphins found on Gulf Coast since February

Science
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating why bottlenose dolphins are stranding themselves at an unusually high rate in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this year Excessive freshwater in the gulf from the Mississippi River flooding could be to blame. More than 260 dolphins have stranded themselves across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle since the beginning of February, which is approximately three-times higher than the historical average, NOAA said. A Mississippi scientist said the spillway opening is at least partly to blame for 126 dolphin deaths across Mississippi's coastline, CBS News reports. These strandings prompted the declaration of an unusual mortality event. or UME. Unusual mortality events are defined as "a stra...
Christine McGuinness shows off more than she bargained for in trousers tighter than skin

Christine McGuinness shows off more than she bargained for in trousers tighter than skin

Entertainment
Reality starlet Christine McGuinness enjoyed a day out in Hale, Cheshire yesterday with WAG Leanne Brown.The Real Housewives of Cheshire stars were out at a launch at KP Aesthetics, and Christine definitely dressed for the occasion.Paddy McGuinness' wife looked ready for summer in a bright pink blouse, tied up around her slim waist.The 31-year-old covered up much of her enhanced chest, with only the smallest amount of cleavage on display. Related Articles However down below it was a whole other story, with the beauty's skintight trousers revealing a little more than she probably intended.The chic white bottoms clung to Christine's gym-honed pins and hourglass curves – and somewhere less desirable.And the bombshell's awkward mishap was accentuated by a visible seam that ran between
Ice sheets in Patagonia are more massive than scientists thought

Ice sheets in Patagonia are more massive than scientists thought

Science
June 4 (UPI) -- A seven-year survey of Patagonia's ice suggests the slabs of ice that stretch across vast portions of Argentina and Chile are thicker than scientists thought, measuring more than a mile in thickness in some places. "We did not think the ice fields on the Patagonian plateau could be quite that substantial," Eric Rignot, professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Irvine, said in a news release. "As a result of this multinational research project, we found that -- added together -- the northern and southern portions of Patagonia clearly hold more ice than anticipated, roughly 40 times the ice volume of the European Alps." Measurements collected using satellite radar altimetry and optical imagery suggest most of Patagonia's ice sheets have been rapidly thinn...
For many in the military, financial concerns weigh heavier than deployment

For many in the military, financial concerns weigh heavier than deployment

Finance
Members of the military face hurdles every day — and financial challenges are among some of the biggest.Eric Wanner, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and his wife, Jana, have moved four times in the last 12 years — most recently to Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.Because of frequent deployments and moving expenses, as well as cost-of-living adjustments and erratic pay, the couple struggles when it comes to managing their household finances.They are raising a family on a single military income.For example, "when we came back from overseas we had to rent a car for two months while we waited for our other car to get shipped," said Jana Wanner. "That was a massive expense."In fact, service members and their spouses ranked financial stress as their greatest concern, even over deploymen