While so many debate matters from a political standpoint, on both sides they miss the signs of our time:
Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.
On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones. The most recent version of the model came out in 2015 and was supposed to last until 2020 — but the magnetic field is changing so rapidly that researchers have to fix the model now. “The error is increasing all the time,” says Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information.
From Fox News:
Planet Earth is alive. Deep beneath its skin, its life blood — rivers of molten iron — pulse around its core. And this mobile iron is what generates the magnetic field that causes auroras — and keeps us alive.
But, according to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia. “The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move,” Nature reports.
From The New York Times:
Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.
A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago. The researchers also concluded that ocean temperatures have broken records for several straight years. “2018 is going to be the warmest year on record for the Earth’s oceans,” said Zeke Hausfather, an energy systems analyst at the independent climate research group Berkeley Earth and an author of the study. “As 2017 was the warmest year, and 2016 was the warmest year.”
From the Evening Standard:
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has struck off Russia‘s far east.
The quake off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, which was initially measured at 7.8 before being revised downwards, struck 82km west of Nikolskoye at a depth of 9km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake were possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coasts of Russia.
The Grand Mosque in Mecca, the most sacred site in all of Islam, has faced an insect invasion this week.
According to multiple videos shared by worshippers from the largest mosque in the world, what looks like hordes of locusts have descended on the site, prompting Mecca’s municipal authorities to deploy clean-up teams. The insects were seen all over in the focal point of the annual Muslim pilgrimage; municipal workers have swept the dead insects into piles and sprayed the walls and floors of the mosque as well as its sewage system and water drains.
A severe dust storm spread across parts of regional NSW on Tuesday afternoon, as large areas of NSW were hit heavy rainfall and strong winds that swept over the state.
Large parts of the Riverina area, including Griffith and nearby Barellan, were hit by a huge dust storm just after lunch that turned the skies deep red.
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