November 27, 2012

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Permafrost Melt Already Under Way

U.N. fears release of billions of tons of CO2

A new report by the United Nations Environmental Program is warning that a large-scale melting of the Earth’s permafrost—defined as soil that is at or below freezing point—may already be under way. According to the UNEP, current models for climate prediction are not taking into account the 1,700 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide sealed in the permafrost, roughly twice the amount that’s currently stored in the atmosphere. A significant thaw could emit up to 135 billion metric tons of CO2 by 2100.

Permafrost covers over 24 percent of exposed land in the northern hemisphere and the UNEP is urging the United States and other countries with large permafrost deposits to begin monitoring their ground more carefully.

Via Scientific American

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'Change Cycling' Group to Pressure UCI

Ashenden, Walsh among members

A new group with the stated aim of changing pro cycling and it's governing bodies will meet for the first time in London this weekend. Change Cycling Now, which launched on Tuesday, counts several cycling personalities among its members, including journalist David Walsh; doping expert Michael Ashenden; and Jaimie Fuller, the chairman of clothing manufacturer and erstwhile UCI sponsor Skins.

"It would be easy to sit around and criticize and accuse, but we shall be discussing positive ways to effect the future with changes that can move us back toward a sport that has integrity and is also clean and credible," Fuller said.

Along with journalist Paul Kimmage, Walsh and Fuller are currently pursuing legal action against the UCI—Fuller for alleged damaged business to his company's reputation, and Walsh and Kimmage in relation to a libel case the governing body filed against them.

Via Velonation

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Family Members Drown Trying to Save Dog

Large waves north of San Francisco

Three family members drowned in California on Saturday after attempting to retrieve their dog from the ocean. The family of four—Howard Kuljian, 50, Mary Scott, 54, Gregory Kuljian, 16, and Olivia Kuljian, 18—was walking along a beach at Big Lagoon, north of San Francisco, when their dog was pulled into the water by a large wave. Gregory Kuljian ran in to try to save the animal, but he was hit by a wave and pulled out to sea. The boy's parents ran in after their son, but they, too, were dragged under. Their bodies eventually washed ashore, but neither were able to be revived. The son's body is still missing, but officials have called off the search due to an “impossibility of survival.” Olivia Kuljian survived, as did the dog, which found its way back to shore, and is currently in the care of a neighbor.

Via Reuters

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Deaths in Guangzhou Marathon Draw Criticism

Second runner dies

Another death in the first marathon held in the Chinese city of Guangzhou has drawn criticism that the race was mismanaged. Ding Xiqiao, a 25-year-old real estate agent, was about 900 feet from the finish of the race's 5K when he collapsed. Ding's brother said it took 20 minutes for paramedics to arrive and that they had to call a second ambulance because the first was not outfitted to treat the runner. "First aid came from other runners," Ding Hongqiao said. "Why did the professional medical staff arranged by the marathon organizers come so late? I think human errors were made, and [my brother's death] was not simply an accident." Ding never emerged from a coma. Another runner, Chen Jie, 19, died of cardiogenic shock after crossing the finish line of the 10K.

Via Pace Per Mile

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