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A warming, rapidly changing Arctic is the "new normal" and shows no signs of returning to the reliably frozen region of the past.

This is according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Arctic Report Card.

Director of the administration's Arctic Researcher Program, Dr Jeremy Mathis, said the region did a great service to the planet - acting as a refrigerator.

"We've now left that refrigerator door open," he added.

Dr Mathis was speaking at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans, where Noaa presented its annual summation of Arctic science.

Starving polar bear: The 'face of climate change'?
This is the 12th report the administration has produced. And although it pointed to "a few anomalies" in a recent pattern of warming in the Arctic region, Dr Mathis said: "We can confirm, it will not stay in its reliably frozen state."

"The thing I took that had the most resonance for me was we're able to use some really long-term records to put the Arctic change into context - going back more than 1,500 years.

"What's really alarming for me is that we're seeing the Arctic is changing faster than at any rate in recorded history."

The speed of change, Dr Mathis added, was making it very hard for people to adapt.

"Villages are being washed away, particularly in the North American Arctic - creating some of the first climate refugees," he said.

"And pace of sea level rise is increasing because the Arctic is warming faster than we anticipated even a decade ago."

Warmer air: Average annual air temperature over land was the second highest after 2016, with a temperature 1.6C above average.
Declining sea ice: The maximum winter sea-ice area, measured each March, was the lowest ever observed. Sea ice is also getting thinner each year.
Warmer ocean: Sea surface temperatures in August 2017 were 4C above the average in the Barents and Chukchi seas. Surface waters of the Chukchi Sea have warmed by more than half a degree C per decade since 1982.
Plankton blooms: Springtime melting and retreating sea ice allows sunlight to reach the upper layers of the ocean, meaning more of these microscopic marine plants can photosynthesise.
Greener tundra: Overall vegetation, including plants getting bigger and leafier and shrubs and trees taking over. Grassland or tundra, increased across the Arctic in 2015 and 2016, as measured by satellite.
Ups and downs for snow: For the 11th year in the past 12, snow cover in the North American Arctic was below average, with communities experiencing earlier snow melt. The Eurasian part of the Arctic saw above average snow cover extent in 2017 - the first time that has happened since 2005.
Less melt on Greenland Ice Sheet: Melting began early on the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2017, but slowed during a cooler summer, resulting in below-average melting when compared with the previous nine years. Overall, the Greenland Ice Sheet, a major contributor to sea-level rise, continued to lose mass this past year, as it has since 2002 when measurements began.

BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. – Two people were shot dead on the Pennsylvania State University Beaver campus in western Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon, reports CBS Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police tell the station the shooting is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.
The incident reportedly happened Wednesday afternoon at the Center Township campus, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Troopers say a campus employee was fatally shot near her car by her estranged husband, who then shot and killed himself.

The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in the food services area, adjacent to the student union, campus spokeswoman April Johnston-Smith told CBS News. The threat is now contained, she said.

Johnston-Smith said students were not involved, but wouldn't confirm whether any employees were.

The campus was closed Wednesday afternoon. Multiple ambulances were responding to the scene.

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Medical, Wellness, & Health / Try-this-cucumber-diet-7-days-7-kg-less/
« Last post by Hairlady on Today at 05:14:45 PM »
Cucumber is good for your body because it purifies your organism, stimulates metabolism and cleans the intestines and digestive tract. This vegetable takes out the excess water and it is recommendable for those who want to make full detoxification especially if the daily diet contains severe, canned and salty food. Some people even use cucumber for cleaning face skin or acne.

This diet lasts for 10 days and all you need to do is start using certain foods in your daily diet. With this diet you may loss 7 kg. Since the diet is based on cucumber you can eat one whenever you feel hungry.

Cucumber diet plan for a day:
-2 hard boiled eggs
-1 plate cucumber salad

-5 plums or 1 big apple or 1 peach (lower than 200gr)

-1 piece toasted wheat bread with a bowl of cucumber salad

Ingredients for cucumber diet salad: 400 gr of cucumber, 200ml of sour milk or yogurt your choice, salt and fresh onion.

Preparation: Peel and cut the cucumber to small pieces. Add salt and mix well until the salt is completely dissolved. Add sour milk or yogurt and mix it gently. Add the onion and serve.


-Cucumber shake

Ingredients for Cucumber Shake: 1 cucumber, 1 apple and a hand of washed spinach

Preparation: Put all the ingredients in blender and add some fresh ginger – mix well. When done put in a glass and drink it while it is fresh because if you leave it for later it will lose its healing properties.

Cucumber Nutrition: Contains vitamins and minerals, rich in fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamins C, E and B which is why this shake is perfect for you and your body.

-Fruit of your choice (300 gr).



More video about body language.

Off Topic Chat / Re: Holiday Cookie Making.. Which is your favorite?
« Last post by DavidSnell on Today at 05:10:45 PM »
I like chocolate chip with walnuts.

What your body language reveals about you?

Maca grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient.

Maca powder has been around for centuries and considered by the Incas as a superfood. As one of the legends goes, Incan warriors consumed maca powder prior to battle. It helped increase their fighting spirit, strength, stamina and libido. Maca powder was valued so highly by the Incas, it was used as a form of payment. Maca powder has definitely become popular among athletes as it offers a plethora of nutrients.

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Men and women alike have been using maca and maca powder for generations in order to boost sexual function and it’s actually surprisingly effective. Simply incorporating maca powder into your daily diet and putting it in recipes that can work with a fine powder will help improve both your libido and your endurance. It’s even capable of balancing hormones in the body and has been reported to improve fertility in men and women.

Maca powder helps balance the hormones in your body by supporting the body to produce its own hormones. Additionally, Maca powder helps easing PMS symptoms.
Maca powder increases stamina and improves mood because it possesses adaptogenic qualities which produce an adaptive response to stress. This happens due to the unique alkaloids and high amounts of minerals and vitamins it contains.
Maca powder increases libido in both men and women. Numerous studies have shown that maca powder boosts your sex drive.
We recommend you to consume between 2-3 tablespoons of Maca Powder daily.

Enjoy smoother skin and a better complexion by taking maca powder supplements on a daily basis. The root powder has been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of acne, reducing the regularity of breakouts, and even helping clear blemishes. Amazingly, it can also significantly lower skin sensitivity making your skin capable of withstanding hotter temperatures and climates.


Learn about maca root benefits as a natural energizer that can help to nourish and balance several important body systems, increase bone density and rejuvenate sex drive.  Rejoiced in Peruvian culture for its super-tonic effects and supremely nutritious attributes that help to provide strength and endurance for physical activity high in the Andes mountains.

More info about body language. Very interesting.

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