After the cool breeze of December, it seems that we’re going to quickly shift into wearing our summer outfit as forecasters warn that 2019 is expected to be one of the hottest years of all time. This is a result of a possible El Niño event worsen by man-made global warming.
Global temperatures have continued to rise, and it appears that it’s not going to drop anytime soon. The past four years have been the hottest on record, and the 20 warmest have occurred in the past 22 years.
The Met Office has revealed average global temperatures for 2019 may reach 1.10C above pre-industrial levels, back in the late 1800s. This will make it one of the five hottest years ever recorded. This will be close to the record-breaking 2016 when temperatures hit 1.15C above the pre-industrial levels.
Dr. Doug Smith, one of the Met Office researchers, said:
“The forecast for 2019 would place next year amongst the five warmest years on record, which would all have occurred since 2015.
All of these years have been around 1C warmer than the pre-industrial period.”
El Niño is a part of a routine climate pattern that occurs when sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal levels for an extended period of time. It can last anywhere from 4 to 16 months, and it typically has a warming influence on the global temperature.
Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said:
“Our forecasts suggest that, by the end of 2019, 19 of the 20 warmest years on record will have occurred since the year 2000.”
Experts have warned of the need to take urgent and dramatic action across society to start to bring down emissions rapidly and put the world on track to limit temperature rises and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Although they are not ready to confirm it yet, experts say that it is certainly possible that 2019 may be the warmest year on record,
Marine Park Trainer in China Puts Lipstick on Beluga Whale, Sparks Outrage
She did it to make the whale look “prettier.”
Being viral is what everybody wants to be, especially for businesses and wanna-be celebrities. People will do even the craziest things just to get famous online. A marine park trainer pulls a stunt possibly to make the park's videos viral, but it earned her so much more.
The park in question is Sun Asia Ocean World in Dalian in North Eastern China. In one of the videos that featured the park's attractions, a female trainer was seen putting on bright red lipstick on a beluga whale's lips.
According to a news report, she did it to make the whale look "prettier."
The video was released on a popular Chinese social media site "Douyin" just this month and got more than 100,000 views before it was deleted. Judging from the reactions, a lot of people were incensed at what the trainer did to the whale....
Kim Jong-un Brought Personal Toilet To Protect His Stools During Sit-Down With Trump
Kim Jong-un took “keeping one’s privacy” to the next level.
Kim Jong-un took “keeping one’s privacy” to the next level. North Korean officials made sure that he will have a safe arrival for his sit-down with President Donald Trump in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit. To make this possible, they used two decoy airplanes to protect the Supreme Leader's stools. Yes, you read that right.
Bringing his own bodyguards and food supply is definitely nothing out of the ordinary. However, tagging a portable toilet along certainly dropped a lot of jaws. Kim's security team brought the bathroom fixture to Singapore in an effort to “deny determined sewer divers insights into the supreme leader's stools.”
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump finally met for the Summit.
The Trump-Kim summit is the first ever meet-up between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea. Upon his arrival in Singapore Sunday evening, Kim smiled as he was welcomed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong....
Fear Grips India As Rare Virus Continues To Claim Lives, May Become Global Epidemic
The disease is suspected to be caused by infected fruit bats.
Several people in southern India have died after they have been infected with a virus that causes flu-like symptoms at first and develops into something more agonizing as the disease progresses. What is more alarming is that, according to health officials, the rare disease may even become a global epidemic if it is not contained.
Emergency measures are being taken in the southwestern state of Kerala in India after almost 50 people have been infected with the Nipah virus. While those infected only experience flu-like symptoms at the onset, the agony aggravates as the symptoms progress to encephalitis, a condition characterized by the swelling of the brain.
Several people in India have already died because of the Nipah virus, which comes with flu-like symptoms that eventually develop to encephalitis.
For now, there is no vaccine against Nipah and the only treatment given to those who have been diagnosed with the disease is meant to make them comfortable. Hence, the disease has a mortality rate of 70 percent....