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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Moscow all time record snow - Taiwan aftershocks & possible underwater eruption offshore (VIDEO)

Record snowfall in Moscow Feb 2018

A woman walks on Red Square after record snowfall in Moscow, Russia, Feb.5, 2018.
Aftershocks continue to shake Taiwan with a cold surge advisory. The quakes seem to be related to an unnamed volcano that erupted during the Dalton Minimum 13 miles off shore and directly at the area of the 6.4 damaging quake epicenter. Moscow all time record cold, with schools cancelling classes for the first time in 3 generations and one month of snow in 36 hours.


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UK's big freeze could linger for another month, more snow and sleet is on the way

UK snow feb 2018
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As for this week, most of the country is set to be hit by flurries of snow, sleet and rain up to the weekend.
Grab your coats and scarves, people. This cold weather is going nowhere.

Or at least it's not for the next month.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said the UK is looking at a prolonged winter this year - meaning this freezing spell isn't expected to clear up until March.

As for this week, most of the country is set to be hit by flurries of snow, sleet and rain up to the weekend.

And despite temperatures in Scotland dropping to -9.6C last night, central England and the Midlands are expected to be the lowest this evening.

We're talking lows of -4C and -5C in some countryside spots... So wrap up warm.

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The Big Burn - Global fire 13k years ago

YDB Event
© UC Santa Barbara
Black dots represent locations of 129 lake cores exhibiting charcoal records and purple dots represent marine sites with charcoal and/or soot spanning the Younger Dryas onset.
Some 13,000 years ago, a cataclysmic event occurred on Earth that was likely responsible for the collapse of the Clovis people and the extinction of megafauna such as mammoths and mastodons.

That juncture in the planet's geologic history - marked by a distinct layer called the Younger Dryas Boundary - features many anomalies that support the theory of a cometary cloud impacting Earth. The collision triggered a massive biomass burning event, and the resulting soot, ash and dust in the global atmosphere blocked out the sun, which prevented photosynthesis - a phenomenon called impact winter.

For more than a decade, UC Santa Barbara professor emeritus James Kennett has studied elements found at the Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB). He has collaborated with scientists around the globe, providing evidence at the YDB for a platinum peak as well as for spherules, melt glass, nanodiamonds and other exotic materials that can be explained only by cosmic impact.

Kennett and his colleagues have now published new research in the Journal of Geology. In two papers, they analyze existing published scientific data from ice, glacier, lake, marine and terrestrial sediment cores, finding evidence for an extensive biomass burning episode at the YDB layer representing one of the most extreme events - if not the most extreme - ever experienced by our own species, anatomically modern humans. Recent extreme climate and burn events like those in California pale by comparison, Kennett said.

Comment: 12,800 years ago: Cosmic impact produced global fires larger than dinosaur killer event - Research


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Massive winter storm dumps over 30 cms (1 foot) of snow in 24 hours on parts of British Columbia (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A massive winter storm has hit parts of B.C. this week and it's not over yet.

More than 30 centimetres of snow has fallen in about 24 hours in areas such as Williams Lake, Quesnel, 100 Mile House, Prince George and Revelstoke.

Up to 50 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in these regions by Thursday, before the snow starts to taper off Thursday night.


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Paris grinds to a halt as snow blankets northern France

snow paris
© Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Men walk with skis on a snow-covered path near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as the record-cloudiest winter continues in western Europe.
The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northern France, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital's first real dose of wintry weather this season.

The Meteo France weather service put the greater Paris region on alert for snow and black ice on roads, among 27 departments it expected to be on alert across the country until midday Wednesday.
paris snow
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The Arc de Triomphe as snow falls.
The weather caused major gridlock across the city, with more than 700km (430 miles) of traffic jams recorded at 7.30pm local time (1830 GMT) on Tuesday, local information service Sytadin said.

Paris bus services were cancelled on Tuesday evening, according to the RATP transport authority, and school transport would not run on Wednesday in several areas.

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Record snowfall in France causes transport chaos amid more snow

Snowfall levels are reported to be at record highs, not seen since the winter of 1987
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Snowfall levels are reported to be at record highs, not seen since the winter of 1987
Record snowfall levels have caused serious transport issues up and down the country, as 25 departments remain on orange alert from Météo France, and drivers are asked not to use their cars.

Since Tuesday night (February 6), at least 12cm of snow has fallen on Paris, and in some areas around Ile-de-France, over 20cm has been recorded; reportedly this is the most snow to have fallen in one night since the winter of 1987.

Transport conditions have prompted the Interior Minister's office to request that people not use their cars in any snow-affected areas, except where absolutely necessary.

"We ask drivers to not use their car this morning," said spokesman Frédéric de Lanouvelle, calling the situation "exceptional" and "very complicated".

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Massive snow strands 800 cars in Fukui, Japan for second day - 2 feet of snowfall in 48 hours

An aerial photo shows cars and trucks buried in snow and stranded on Route 8 in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, on Wednesday.
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An aerial photo shows cars and trucks buried in snow and stranded on Route 8 in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, on Wednesday.
As many as 800 cars remained stranded for a second day on Wednesday in Fukui Prefecture as heavy snow continued to blanket a wide area along the Sea of Japan coast.

The snow, which has caused havoc to transportation services in the region, was expected to last through the day, and the Meteorological Agency is warning of continued traffic disruptions and slippery roads.

The Ground Self-Defense Force had dealt with the snow Tuesday night for a line of vehicles that stretched some 10 kilometers. As many as 1,500 cars in the cities of Awara and Sakai had been trapped.

In addition to road-clearing, some 750 GSDF personnel were also mobilized to distribute water and food. A traffic disruption occurred after a large vehicle slid partially off the road and got stuck on Tuesday morning, blocking the route.


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Flake news: Snowfall in Hawaii

Hawaii snow covering Mauna Kea

Hawaii snow covering Mauna Kea
Yes, it's snowing in Hawaii.

But don't panic, it's not the end of days. It's only snowing on Hawaii's high mountain volcano summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

Both mountains are under a winter storm warning until Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service said "fog, ice, snow and very strong winds" will hammer the Big Island summits through Wednesday, with up to 14 inches of snow possible.

"Plan on difficult travel conditions," the weather service warned, with "visibility near zero at times."

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Major study finds mid-latitudes ozone layer not repairing as models predict

Ozone Layer
© NASA/Science Photo Library
A coloured satellite map of atmospheric ozone in the southern hemisphere between mid-August and early October 1998. An ozone "hole" is seen over Antarctica.
Pointing to the recovery of the ozone layer as humanity's one great triumph of environmental remediation may have been premature, a new report warns.

A team led by Joanna Haigh of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, UK, has discovered that while ozone density is indeed improving at the poles, it is not doing so at lower latitudes, roughly between 60 degrees north and 60 degrees south.

That encompasses everywhere on the planet between the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland to south of Tierra del Fuego at the foot of South America.

The researchers found that although the decrease in ozone concentration is not as great as that seen at the poles before the banning of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in 1987, the effects may be worse, because ultraviolet radiation is stronger in the region, and it contains most of the world's population.

Ozone is an inorganic molecule also known as trioxygen, or O3. It is present in low concentrations throughout the Earth's atmosphere, but is found in much larger levels in the stratosphere, about 20 to 30 kilometres above the planet's surface, where it is formed by the interaction of O2 with ultraviolet light from the sun.

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Heavy snowstorms spread across Morocco blocking 38 roads (VIDEOS)

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As the cold weather is set to continue, snowstorms across the country have closed several roads on Monday, the Ministry of Transport has said.

Snowstorms have blocked 38 roads, according to the ministry, which was quoted by Moroccan news outlet Hespress.

The Ministry has managed to open 44 roads in various regions of the country after they were blocked due to heavy snowstorms.

Among the national roads that are still blocked: Road N. 13, which links between Azrou, Tamhidit and Medelt, and the road N19 that links in Tindara.