Submission + - 2018, Year Of The Big Earthquakes

hcs_$reboot writes: Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation. Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy. The theory goes that the slowdown creates a shift in the shape of the Earth's solid iron and nickel "inner core" which, in turn, impacts the liquid outer core on which the tectonic plates that form the Earth's crust rest. The impact is greater on the tectonic plates near some of the Earth's most populous regions along the Equator, home to about a billion people.

Scientists study from the university of Colorado looked at all earthquakes registering 7 and up on the Richter scale since the turn of the 20th century. In this timeframe, the researchers discovered five periods of significantly greater seismic activity occurring approximately every 32 years. The last slowdown began four years ago.

Submission + - Apple's diversity chief resigns after remark about white diversity

Unhappy Windows User writes: A month ago, Apple's first diversity and inclusion officer, Denise Young Smith, who is black, while speaking at a conference in Bogota, commented about her frustration about diversity always being tagged to race, gender or sexual orientation, and remarked that “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.” This quickly led to much criticism — as well as some support — on Twitter. The pressure has forced her to retract her comment and she has now stepped down.

Submission + - What They Don't Tell You About Climate Change (economist.com)

dryriver writes: No, it is not that Climate Change is hoax or that the climate science gets it all wrong and Climate Change isn't happening. According to the Economist, it is rather that "Fully 101 of the 116 models the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses to chart what lies ahead assume that carbon will be taken OUT of the air in order for the world to have a good chance of meeting the 2C target." In other words, reducing carbon emissions around the world, creating clean energy from wind farms, driving electrical cars and so forth is not going to suffice to meet agreed upon climate targets at all. Negative emissions are needed. The world is going to overshoot the "maximum 2 degrees of warming" target completely unless someone figures out how to suck as much as 810 Billion Tons of carbon out of Earth's atmosphere by 2100 using some kind of industrial scale process that currently does not exist. Basic summary: Solar power, wind power, wave power, electrical vehicles and other niceties are not, by themselves, going to be able to stop Climate Change. Some kind of brilliant new process, invention, technology or other solution is needed that can remove very large quantities of carbon from Earth's atmosphere.

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