Mapping climate change in European temperature distributions

first_imgClimate change poses challenges for decision makers across society, not just in preparing for the climate of the future but even when planning for the climate of the present day. When making climate sensitive decisions, policy makers and adaptation planners would benefit from information on local scales and for user-specific quantiles (e.g. the hottest/coldest 5% of days) and thresholds (e.g. days above 28 ° C), not just mean changes. Here, we translate observations of weather into observations of climate change, providing maps of the changing shape of climatic temperature distributions across Europe since 1950. The provision of such information from observations is valuable to support decisions designed to be robust in today’s climate, while also providing data against which climate forecasting methods can be judged and interpreted. The general statement that the hottest summer days are warming faster than the coolest is made decision relevant by exposing how the regions of greatest warming are quantile and threshold dependent. In a band from Northern France to Denmark, where the response is greatest, the hottest days in the temperature distribution have seen changes of at least 2 ° C, over four times the global mean change over the same period. In winter the coldest nights are warming fastest, particularly in Scandinavia.last_img read more

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Nigeria’s Military Detains 2 Al Jazeera Reporters

first_imgNigeria’s military has detained two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri since Tuesday, the news outlet said on Thursday.Al Jazeera said the journalists, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa, were being kept in their hotel rooms until further notice. Their camera equipment had been confiscated.Nigeria’s defence headquarters said on Wednesday that the two television reporters were “restrained to their hotel” after they had been monitored for “loitering” in areas where military operations were on-going against the country’s Islamist insurgency.last_img read more

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Spokane scores late to edge Nelson Leafs 6-4

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsConnor McIntosh scored with just over three minutes remaining in the game to lift Spokane to a 6-4 victory over Nelson in West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep League action Saturday afternoon in the NDCC Arena.The goal by McIntosh snapped a 4-4 tie and gave the American visitors a tougher-than-expected victory.Trailing 2-1 after one frame, Nelson struck for three second-period goals to pull even at 4-4 after 40 minutes.Aigne McGeady-Bruce, Taylor Cooper and Logan Mengler each scored in the second frame, with Mengler’s marker coming in the final minutes, to even the score.However, in the third McIntosh broke through to beat Curt Doyle in the Nelson nets. Netminder Joey Timmermans started the game for Nelson.Desmond Parisotti scored twice to lead Spokane.The Nelson Peewee Reps travel to Trail Friday to compete in the annual Silver City Peewee Rep Tournament.First game is Friday at 3 [email protected]last_img read more

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Champion Tree proclaimed in Johannesburg

first_imgA tree that Nelson Mandela planted with his wife, Graça Machel, in 2008, in Soweto has been declared a Champion Tree by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. As a provincial heritage site, the tree is protected and may not be cut nor damaged.The white stinkwood tree Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel planted in 2008 is named a Champion Tree on 8 November 2016. (Image: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterIn 2008, Nelson Mandela planted a tree in Thokoza Park, in Soweto. Today, the Celtis Africana, or white stinkwood, stands at almost 8 metres tall, and has been declared a Champion Tree.“[We are] proud to announce the declaration of the Mandela Champion Tree as a provincial heritage site,” said Johannesburg City Parks andZoo on 8 November 2016.The Gauteng Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (PHRA-G) has graded the site as a Site II Heritage Site. That meant “the tree is protected; it may not be cut, distributed or damaged and products from the tree may not be possessed, sold or transported without a licence”, said the department.The aim of such a declaration is to heighten socio-economic development in Soweto, particularly Thokoza Park, as a tourist attraction.Celtis africana (white stinkwood) stands at about 8 meters now:The white stinkwoodDid you know?When planted in a garden, it can reach a height of 12 metres.The trunk is usually smooth, covered in bark that ranges from pale grey to white.It flowers during spring, August to September. The flowers are small, greenish, star-like and inconspicuous.The tree is resilient because it is drought resistant and is able to withstand frost.It can be found in a wide range of habitats from South Africa’s coast to Ethiopia.The tree is able to grow in forests, rocky areas, the bushveld, on river banks, slopes of mountains, and even open grassland.Source: Johannesburg City ParksWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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New Twitter Analytics Product Launching Soon? More Evidence…

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Real-Time Web#twitter#web curt hopkins “I wish we were launching something worth ‘all this whoop-la,’ but this is an update to an existing analytics product that very few people see.” However, a post on an official Twitter blog seems to give the lie to that statement.According to the post, by Twitter engineer Ryan King on the Twitter Engineering Blog this evening:“Our analytics, operations and infrastructure teams are working on a system that uses cassandra for large-scale real time analytics for use both internally and externally.”In other words, Twitter is in fact working on an important analytics product that will launch to the public soon. This blog post bolsters the Tweets we referenced in our earlier article. Cassadra is an Apache “open source distributed database.” A “change in strategy,” as King describes it, means Twitter will not use Cassandra to store Tweets as it planned. Now it’s going to be used for the real-time analytics that we reported on. Not a big deal? Nah, it’s a big deal. To paraphrase Marshal Kirkpatrick, “Twitter is launching a public analytics product for the countless business customers who will line up to use it.”So, with all due respect to the VP, we’re going to stick to our guns. Related Posts Several days ago we wrote that Twitter’s analytics team was about to launch a new project. Twitter VP of Communications Sean Garrett denied there was anything earth-shaking going on. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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5 NBA Stars Who Could Have Better Playing Careers

Stephen CurryHis father, Dell Curry, was a 1986 first-round draft choice out of Virginia Tech who was as smooth a shooter as the league had at the time. A shooting guard, he was not much of a defensive player, but he lasted 16 seasons in the NBA because he was deadly from the perimeter. Teams always need scoring. He made 1,245 three-pointers in his career, during which he averaged 11.7 points. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has simply blown up. He has Dell Curry’s quick release, but he’s arguably a better shooter than his dad, and definitely a better all-around scorer and player, fashioning hoops via mid-range jump shots and daring forays to the basket while still among the league leaders in assists. After a month of the NBA season, Curry is the top MVP candidate, averaging 23.7 points and 7.2 assists on the team with the league’s best record. read more

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