Daily Archives: August 22, 2020

What Do Europeans Think About American Life? | NYT Opinion

The New York Times

Published on Oct 28, 2019

We asked young, ordinary Europeans to take a look at U.S. policies on everything from food to guns. As they discover facts about America, they’re not impressed.

Sometimes it’s useful to get an outside perspective. In the Video Op-Ed above, Europeans are shocked to learn that the American government does not guarantee social protections that citizens in other advanced economies take for granted.

Their reactions reflect how European governments prioritize citizen welfare, offering national assurances like universal health care and affordable education. Americans have grown accustomed to the exorbitant costs of basic human services, the absence of parental leave protection and the unregulated presence of chemicals in food — things that would “cause riots” in Europe.

It’s true that the United States grapples with a larger and more diverse population than that of any European country. But with the resources of the world’s largest economy and as keepers of the American dream, can’t policymakers find solutions?

Honest Government Ad | Mail-in Voting


Published on Aug 22, 2020

The US Postal Service has made an ad about mail-in voting, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative.

Unusual lightning storm sparked California wildfires

CGTN America

Published on Aug 22, 2020

An unusual lightning storm has sparked nearly 400 fires across Northern California in recent days. Scientists say climate change is one of the factors that caused the increasing number and magnitude of the fires.

Teaching history for indoctrination

RT America

Published on Aug 22, 2020

Chris Hedges discusses the teaching of history as a form of indoctrination with Professor James W. Loewen.

Loewen’s book: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. His new book, a memoir, is: Up a Creek, with a Paddle: Tales of Canoeing and Life

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Antarctic Ice Mass Loss: Jan. 2004 – June 2014

NASA Video

Aug 26, 2015

GRACE consists of twin co-orbiting satellites that fly in a near polar orbit separated by a distance of 220 km. GRACE precisely measures the distance between the two spacecraft in order to make detailed measurements of the Earth’s gravitational field. Since its launch in 2002, GRACE has provided a continuous record of changes in the mass of the Earth’s ice sheets.

This animation shows the change in the mass of the Antarctic Ice Sheet between January 2004 and June 2014 as measured by the pair of GRACE satellites. The 1-arc-deg NASA GSFC mascon solution data was resampled to a 5130 x 5130 data array using Kriging interpolation. A color scale was applied in the range of +250 to -250 centimeters of equivalent water height, where blue values indicate an increase in the ice sheet mass while red shades indicate a decrease. In addition, a graph overlay shows the running total of the accumulated mass change in gigatons.

The data is first shown over the entire Antarctic Ice Sheet with the graph showing the total change in gigatons for the full ice sheet. The camera then zooms to focus on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where much of the loss has taken place. The animation is shown again over this region while the graph of ice loss presents the change over West Antarctica alone.

This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/deta…

More information: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/w…

Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio

25 Years of Antarctic Land Ice Elevation Change Anomalies (West Coast Fly Over)

NASA Climate Change

May 21, 2019

This data visualization depicts the last 25 years of Antarctic land ice elevation change. Areas in red indicate land ice loss. Areas in blue are regions that saw land ice elevation gains.

The camera starts with a view of the Earth and then flies down to Antarctica, where it pauses to watch the 25 years of data unfold.

Once the data reach the end of 2017, the camera then flies down over the western Antarctic coast and then backs up across the central region.

Download the video here: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4625

Disappearing Arctic sea ice

NASA Climate Change

Mar 15, 2018

This visualization begins by showing the dynamic beauty of the Arctic sea ice as it responds to winds and ocean currents. Research into the behavior of the Arctic sea ice for the last 30 years has led to a deeper understanding of how this ice survives from year to year. In the animation that follows, age of the sea ice is visible, showing the younger ice in darker shades of blue and the oldest ice in brighter white. This visual representation of the ice age clearly shows how the quantity of older and thicker ice has changed between 1984 and 2016.

Download video: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4616
Transcript: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000…

Greenland is Disappearing

Mr Scientific

Aug 22, 2020

Greenland is the world’s largest island with an area of 2.16 million kilometers. It has been located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. 80% of Greenland is covered by the ice cap with a population of more than 57,000 people these people are known as Greenlanders. Recent research shows that Greenland’s ice melted more last year than any year before. It has been found that in 2019, Greenland’s lost 532 billion tons of ice with 223 billion tons of ice in July alone. If the entire Greenland ice sheet melts the sea level would rise by six meters migrating millions of people. The only way to prevent this is by reducing CO2 emissions and taking actions against Climate Change.