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February 19 2016


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Ocean levels in the Philippines rising at 5 times the global average

(credit: NOAA)

One major threat from climate change is the rising global sea level. At the coast, the rising seas will wipe out infrastructure and threaten wildlife. If ocean water moves deeper into landmasses, the salt will contaminate sources required for drinking water and agriculture.

A solid understanding of how quickly the sea level is rising, and the major contributing factors, is critical to developing practical plans to limit the problems and deal with the inevitable. Recently, a team of scientists has dived head-first into this challenge.

Effect of rising sea levels

The main factors influencing rising sea level have been well documented. First, climate change has led to increased global temperatures. As its temperature rises, the sea water expands (a process called steric expansion). In addition, ice sheets and land glaciers all over the world are shrinking through evaporation and melting. All of these factors contribute to rising ocean levels.

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ISIS Influence Flatlines After Wave Of Twitter Bans | Fast Company

Now if they could only do the same thing for trolls.Twitter recently announced that since mid-2015 it has suspended 125,000 accounts that were threatening or promoting terrorist acts, with many of those suspended accounts primarily related to the militant group ISIS. Now independent research shows that the suspensions are having the intended effect, reducing the spread of the terror group's propaganda on the social networking site.Read Full Story
European carrier Three to add ad-blocking tech at the network level - CNET

European carrier Three to add ad-blocking tech at the network level

The UK network aims to banish "irrelevant and intrusive" adverts from your phone.
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