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Here’s How Dire Our Climate Change Situation Is. Hint: It’s Pretty Bad!

Turns out, climate change is happening at a much faster rate than we initially thought!

Turns out, climate change is happening at a much faster rate than we initially thought!

Last year in Paris, the United Nations climate change conference took place in order to tackle future climate changes. After the conference, they came up with the following commitment at the Paris Agreement:

Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

Sounds good, right? But the problem isn’t with the future measures but the current climate situation, which seems to be growing worse each year.

In 2015, the global average temperatures were a little over 1℃ above pre-industrial levels, with predictions that 2016 will be hotter. And as you may have noticed last February and March of this year, the temperatures were higher – 1.38℃ above pre-industrial averages, to be exact.

With our current emission, we will likely reach 1.5℃ within the next couple of decades (roughly 2024). And the 2°C target will be surpassed just a few years afterwards.

Animated timeline showing the current estimates of when global warming temperatures will rise beyond 1.5℃ and 2℃ above pre-industrial levels

What does this mean for us?

It means we’ll have only less than a decade before we break through the 1.5℃ global warming target agreed to by the world’s nations in Paris. And even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions right now, we will still likely experience about half a degree of warming as the oceans “catch up” with the atmosphere.

This is an urgent problem that a lot of people can’t seem to fathom. An alarming number of people still believe we still have plenty of time to act on climate change, and that the most reasonable solution would be to gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decades. But with recent studies in mind, this is simply not the case.

We need to find ways to remove greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, while simultaneously and rapidly cutting down on our emissions.

We’re still emitting an alarming amount of carbon onto the atmosphere, and it’s wreaking havoc on the world’s average temperature

The more we warm the planet, the more we’ll start to feel the impact of climate change – from melting polar ice caps, erratic and extreme, to the number of deaths reported due to heatwaves. Research has also shown that the higher temperature of the oceans have also caused the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in March 2016.

The Great Barrier Reef is already getting bleached because of climate change

It’s almost impossible to achieve the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, but we can’t just sit idly by and let our carbon emissions ravage the earth even more. Whether we reach the target or not, one thing is for sure: we, as a society, must do everything we can to reduce our emissions to at least slow down the effects of climate change.

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Lion Tries to Eat a Baby on Live TV and Her Mother Just Laughs

A frisky lion cub suddenly got a little too rough with a toddler during a live broadcast of the Mexican TV talk show, Con Sello de Mujer.

It shouldn't take an animal attack to remind us of nature's unbreakable law. You can take a lion out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the lion. To be specific, the animal involved in this story is technically still a lion cub. But, of course, the same condition applies. In any case, the animal is already way more powerful than the baby.

Things seemed fine at first.

Things seemed fine at first.

The animal attack happened on the Mexican TV talk show, Con Sello de Mujer. Roughly translated, the title means A Woman's Seal. The show ran from 1998 to 2007. It focused on topics that mostly appealed to women such as health and beauty. ...

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Get Olympic Inspiration From Filipino Divers’ Epic Fail In 2015 Southeast Asian Games

The athletes participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics can learn something from the failed performance of two Filipino divers in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

While news from the 2016 Rio Olympics often highlight the winners, let's not forget that there are losers as well. Then again, they always say that sports isn't about winning — it's about how you play the game. It's also about your ability to keep going even after you suffer defeat. This may explain why the failed dives of two Filipino athletes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games or SEA Games in Singapore are once again being discussed.

On June 10, 2015, two Filipino divers — John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo — participated in the men's three-meter springboard event of the SEA Games. At that time, Fabriga was 21 and Pahoyo was 17.

Fabriga (left) and Pahoyo (right) failed in their dives.

Fabriga (left) and Pahoyo (right) failed in their dives....

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MH370 Mystery Solved? Washed Up Plane Parts and Passenger Items Finally Showing Up.

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It has been more than two years since the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 bound for China went missing. It was March 8, 2014 when the Boeing 777 aircraft vanished without a trace along with its 227 passengers and 12 in-flight crew. After all this time, the relatives of the MH370 passengers haven't gotten any closure yet. Various speculations have arisen from conspiracy theories, terrorist takeover, alien abductions and whatnot. After the intensive search and rescue operations made by the joint efforts of various nations, nothing concrete turned up. Search operations went as far as the areas near Perth, Australia but yielded unfruitful results. Years later, washed up airplane parts are rekindling the MH370 case anew. Could these artifacts tell the untold story of the world's most mysterious airplane crash?

Just a bit of a refresher on the MH370 flight path and the areas searched so far...

A map showing the original intended flight path, the re-route and the initial search areas for MH370

A map showing the original intended flight path, the re-route and the initial search areas fr MH370...

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