2018 Was Hottest Year Recorded for Oceans

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 1/17/19

According to the Advances in Atmospheric Sciences Organization, a global team of scientists that measure the heat in both the air and water, published reports Wednesday that 2018 was the hottest year for our oceans recorded, the first time the oceans being recorded was 1958. “The year 2018 passed the previous record set just the year before, in 2017,” the authors of the article said, “the top five years of ocean heat have come in the last five years.”

Other scientists have published similar findings. In fact, the same group of scientists published a report last week that claimed that our oceans are warming up faster than initially thought. Responding to that report, the authors said that measuring the heat of the ocean is one the most efficient ways of tracking climate change because over 90% of the heat in greenhouse gases get absorbed into the ocean.

The claim that our oceans and also our planet are warming up is backed by other groups and panels of scientists. Some scientists have said that the stat of rising oceans has already been seen. Since 1981, an average of 29.5 millimeters of water has been to the ocean’s surface.

Sources and Pictures: CNN, Flickr, Pexels

Merriam – Webster Chooses 2018 Word of the Year

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 12/17/18

The Merriam – Webster Dictionary held its annual meeting yesterday to decide what would be the 2018 word of the year, the word that prevailed, was “justice”. According to Merriam – Webster, there was a 74% spike in the word “justice” being searched on its website, as well as other terms related to the word.

The decision to incorporate the word “justice” was later explained by Merriam – Webster, “The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice,” the company said.

Many of the debates, in which, are still being discussed now. Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial Supreme Court pick, relationships between the police and African Americans, equality amongst the genders, and more issues circulating. In the bigger picture, however, 2018 was a year that had really questioned the word, “justice”.

Sources and Pictures: Flickr, CNN, Merriam – Webster

 

Wildfires Continue to Spread in California

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 11/12/18

Wildfires in North California have continued to spread west as hundreds of acres have been completely destroyed. So far, 31 are confirmed dead and over 200 missing in what’s considered “the deadliest fire in California history”. The fire, known as “Camp Fire” after the nearby creek where it originated, continues to worsen in the California heat.

As of right now, the fire is spreading towards Chico, California. A city with a population of about 100,000 where many citizens who’ve lost homes has come to. Currently, traffic jams have clogged many roads leading out of the fire, and that includes around Chico, which is where the university California State Chico is located.

Among those that lost their homes include notable individuals like Miley Cyrus, Niel Young, and Gerard Butler. Through an on pour of donations and help, certain areas originally covered by the blaze have been uncovered, but other areas are in severe danger.

Sources and Pictures: Wikipedia, CNN, The New York Times

EXCLUSIVE: Pressure Against Separating Illegal Immigrant Families Grows

By Nick Baum

TUESDAY – 6/19/18

Recent reports and news has shown that pressure and opposition to separating families at the US – Mexico border continues, as the separating of families also continues. Recent outcry has come after the policy that was around since the Bush Administration had finally taken effect under Trump, and many have since urged Trump to stop the activity.

A photo taken for the New York Daily News shows a small immigrant infant crying, supposedly because of her family being separated, but it is yet to be confirmed. The photo also had a caption targeting Trump, and it landed the front page of the paper. Politicians like Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Former First Lady Laura Bush have all taken to social media to share their dislikes in the acts. Pelosi also held an announcement relating to it.

The White House also hosted a press conference with Sarah Sanders relating to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. While many have tried to urge Trump to back down, many predict he won’t due to his support amongst bordering states and citizens along the border. As of now however, CNN reported that the the families are receiving donations of more than $4,000 per minute.

Sources: Flickr, CNN, White House, New York Daily News

Audi CEO Rupert Sadler Arrested

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 6/18/18

Just hours ago, Audi CEO and Chairman Rupert Sadler was arrested in Germany in an investigation into diesel and emissions of the cars made by Audi. In a press release, a spokesman for Volkswagen (Audi’s parent company) Nicolai Laude confirmed that Sadler was arrested, but declined to comment on the current investigation.

Sadler had been CEO of Audi since the start of 2010, and had been promoted to CEO in the midst of Volkswagen’s alleged cheating in different emissions tests. From 2008 to 2015, Volkswagen allegedly installed software in their cars to cheat during emissions testing, when in reality the cars were said to pollute up “10 to 40 times more” than other cars, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whom made the allegations Sept. 18, 2015.

The arrest had also come just a week after prosecutors searched Sadler’s home for any evidence, and also just days after Germany placed a $1.2 Billion dollar penalty on Volkswagen for their alleged cheating and software used during emissions testing. All ready, Volkswagen’s stock in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange had fallen by more than 2%.

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Flickr, CNBC, CNBC Explains, CNN Money, Wikipedia

Trump Cancels White House Visit with Eagles

By Nick Baum

TUESDAY – 6/5/18

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump called the White House visit off with the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles, after only 10 members of the team agreed to join. In a statement, Trump declared the reason for the canceling of the visit was “disagreements with our anthem”, after many players didn’t want to visit the White House, and the President they felt they strongly disagreed with in terms of standing or kneeling during the national anthem.

Since the decision, Trump has been criticized by many, as some thought the remaining Eagles members still should have been allowed to go, but decided not to because “the fans deserve better.” Trump has also received criticism by Philadelphia’s mayor Jim Kenney called Trump as “not a real patriot” and “a fragile egomaniac” after the decision to cancel based on anthem disagreements.

Full Statement: The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

Sources: CNN, Fox News, The New York Times

Guatemala Volcano Eruption Kills 25

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 6/4/18

Just hours ago, the famous Volcán de Fuego, an active volcano in Guatemala, erupted killing 25 people and injuring 20 more, according to the country’s disaster relief agency CONRED. Its last eruption was March 25, 2017, and the volcano has been deemed active for many years. The surprise eruption sent ash and fumes into nearby villages, as well as the country’s capital, Guatemala City.

Immediately once the eruption began, the lava stream switched directions and instead came barreling down to a small village called El Rodeo. The incoming river of lava and ash buried the town, killing unexpecting residents in the process. After, the eruption invaded a nearby village, San Miguel Los Lotes, and once again completely burying the town.

Just minutes later, the ash and clouds shifted direction once again, and spread the ash to Guatemala City, the largest city and capital in Guatemala. However, no fatalities were reported in Guatemala City, and the eruption has passed. Guatemalan President Jimmy Moralez called for “three days of mourning” in response to the surprise eruption.

Sources: CNN, CONRED, Wikipedia