NBC is looking for contestants for Bear Grylls' new outdoor adventure reality show, which will pit teams of two against each other in the remote wilderness. There are few details about the content of the show, but a brief description for the casting release reads, "Teams of two will be dropped in a remote wilderness location; make it to the end and win the reward of a lifetime!" Those eager to test their mettle should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee prices are at a 30-year high, and a warming climate could make the beverage much more expensive, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers at London's Royal Botanic Gardens used computer models to calculate that the number of locations with the proper conditions to grow coffee will drop between 65 and 99 percent by 2080. They cited the example of South Sudan: “The modeling predicted that Arabica could be extinct by the year 2020 due to climate change, and this appears to be realistic given the poor health (lack of seedlings, loss of mature Arabica specimens, low frequency of flowering and fruiting) of the remaining populations observed in 2012.”
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Winter storm Athena struck the Northeast this week, blanketing the region in a layer of thick, wet snow. The snowfall has impeded recovery efforts, as millions remain without power along the eastern seaboard in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Utilities in the Garden State reported an additional 20,000 outages, with 55,000 and 60,000 new outages in New York City and Long Island, respectively.
But after the ski industry's worst year in two decades, the snow is a boon to some, with many ski resorts opening their doors early. Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina opened to the public on Halloween, its second October opening in 52 years. Meanwhile, both Snowshoe Mountain and Appalachian Mountain are planning to open before Thanksgiving, and Sugarloaf plans to open early on November 9. Resort operators are optimistic about the prospects for this season after a disappointing 2011-12, when national average snowfall plunged by 41 percent from the previous year.
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The 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be the biggest Winter Games ever, event officials announced on Thursday. During a media briefing, sports director Irina Gladkikh outlined the 12 new events that have been added to the 2014 Games: biathlon (mixed relay), figure skating (team), freestyle skiing (men’s and women’s slopestyle, men’s and women’s half pipe), luge (team relay), ski jumping (women), and snowboarding (men’s and women’s slopestyle, men’s and women’s parallel slalom). That brings the total number of medal events to 98 across 15 different sports—up from 86 in 2010. The Sochi Games will take place from February 7 to 23.