Vinni Hettige

17 Flips | 5 Magazines | 2 Likes | 6 Following | @vuvuzelling | Keep up with Vinni Hettige on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Vinni Hettige”

What Lies Within the Permafrost Will Escape Within Decades, Warns NASA

Much of it will be released into the atmosphere by 2100.<p>The most pervasive human fear is the fear of the unknown. One of the things we know very …

Global Warming

Burning coal may have caused Earth’s worst mass extinction

Earth has so far gone through five mass extinction events – scientists are worried we’re on course to trigger a sixth – and the deadliest one happened 252 million years ago at the end of the Permian geologic period. In this event, coined “the Great Dying,” over 90% of marine species and 70% of …

Earth Science

Earth's Flip-Flopping Magnetic Field is Screwing with Satellites Over Africa

The "big flip" may be on its way.<p>We foolishly assume some things about the Earth will always be the same. Sure, it’s safe to assume the sky will …

Earth Science

Scorched country: the destruction of Australia's native landscape

Kate (not her real name) and her husband have run cattle grazing properties in central Queensland for more than 30 years. On remote and isolated properties like that, communities are close-knit and neighbours rely on each other to survive.<p>But Kate says her neighbours hate her family. Their crime? …

Australia

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'

The Arctic winter has ended with more news that is worrying even the scientists who watch the effects of climate change closely.<p>The region experienced its warmest winter on record. Sea ice hit record lows for the time of year, new US weather data revealed on Tuesday.<p>“It’s just crazy, crazy stuff,” …

Global Warming

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary …

Global Warming

Buddhism Is More ‘Western’ Than You Think

Not long ago I was accused of something I hadn’t realized was a bad thing: clarity. Adam Gopnik, reviewing my book “Why Buddhism Is True,” in The New Yorker in August, wrote: “He makes Buddhist ideas and their history clear. Perhaps he makes the ideas too clear.”<p>Underlying this allegation (which I …

Houston: A Global Warning

Let there be no doubt: the horrific damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey was an almost entirely man-made catastrophe, one fingerprinted by …

Extreme Weather

Larsen C Ice Shelf Break is Only Start of Antarctica Melting From Climate Change

Seen from above, the Pine Island Ice Shelf is a slow-motion train wreck. Its buckled surface is scarred by thousands of large crevasses. Its edges are shredded by rifts a quarter mile across. In 2015 and 2016 a 225-square-mile chunk of it broke off the end and drifted away on the Amundsen Sea. The …

Antarctica

Facts to counteract the normalization of neo-nazis

This past weekend, Richard Spencer was punched while giving an interview to an Australian outlet. Now certain media is wondering whether punching a …

Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

<i>Rejoice! It’s been a year, perhaps no one will notice.</i><p><i>Now, on 22 January 2018, we’re putting our version back up. Not to be jerks, or embarrass</i> …

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.<p>The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% …

Extinction

Interview with French extremism researcher Olivier Roy: ″Radicalisation is not the result of failed integration″

<b>Interview with French extremism researcher Olivier Roy</b><p><b>″Radicalisation cannot be blamed on failed integration″</b><p><b>After the attacks in Brussels, Olivier</b> …

Chasing ice: how ice cores shape our understanding of ancient climate

It is just over 50 years since French scientist Claude Lorius dropped some glacier ice in his whisky and started a quest that continues today. Lorius …