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Christina Lopez
Christina Lopez

Rising Front.torrent

It can damage or destroy vital infrastructure, including transportation systems, hospitals and schools, especially when combined with extreme weather events linked to the climate crisis. And rising seas threaten the very existence of some low-lying communities and even countries.

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has just released a new compilation of data that spells out the grave danger of rising seas. Global average sea levels have risen faster since 1900 than over any preceding century in the last 3,000 years. The global ocean has warmed faster over the past century than at any time in the past 11,000 years.

In the Caribbean, rising seas have contributed to the devastation of local livelihoods in the tourism and agriculture sectors. Rising seas and other climate impacts are already forcing some relocations in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and elsewhere.

But as these glaciers recede over the coming decades, over time, the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers will shrink. And rising sea levels combined with a deep intrusion of saltwater will make large parts of their huge deltas simply uninhabitable.

The current legal regime must look to the future and address any gaps in existing frameworks. Yes, this means international refugee law. But is also means innovative legal and practical solutions to address the impact of rising sea levels on forced human displacement and on the very existence of the land territory of some States.

The Security Council has a critical role to play in building the political will required to address the devastating security challenges arising from rising seas. We must all work to continue turning up the volume on this critical issue, and supporting the lives, livelihoods and communities of people living on the front lines of this crisis. Thank you.

Then again, we need the reminder. Our national attention span is short, so most of us diverted from New Orleans long ago. We haven't quite forgotten the images Lee offers in montage after montage, the footage of water rising and bodies floating. But most of us have been only vaguely aware of how slow the recovery has been. At one point, Lee tells us of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in March. March. More than seven months after the storm, and they still were finding dead people.

Sacramento levees broke on Jan. 9, 1862, sending several feet of water into city streets. More than two feet of water swirled through the state capitol, and drenched cash reserves in the basement treasury. Newspapers reported some Sacramento-area houses built near rising rivers were set adrift, with lamp lights on the second floor indicating residents were still inside.

So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was dawning--the stream of flight rising swiftly to a torrent, lashing in a foaming tumult round the railway stations, banked up into a horrible struggle about the shipping in the Thames, and hurrying by every available channel northward and eastward. By ten o'clock the police organisation, and by midday even the railway organisations, were losing coherency, losing shape and efficiency, guttering, softening, running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body.

In the mid-2000s, the SUV market was rising, and Chevrolet knew it. Since it already had an impressive experience in building such vehicles, it tried to sell them worldwide under different brands. While in Europe it made the Chevrolet Captiva, in the U.S., it was the Equinox that gave its underpinnings to its Pontiac sibling.

The Rocky Mountain Growler craves high speeds and rowdy terrain. This hardtail has super-aggressive geometry that is typically found on squishy enduro race bikes. This long bicycle is insanely stable at high speeds and has the angles to feel exceptionally confident on steeper terrain. The Growler responds well to an aggressive pilot and, despite its length, likes to boost off rolls and bumps in the trail. The build kit was highlighted by some meaty 2.6-inch WTB tires that have a hard-charging attitude to match the Growler's outlook on life. Climbing up mellow and buff climbs was surprisingly pleasant, thanks to a steep seat tube angle that puts you right on top of the cranks. If you are the kind of rider who enjoys getting rad and going fast, this is a great bike.

The Marin Pine Mountain is a versatile steel hardtail that does it all. This rig was clearly designed with an emphasis on bikepacking. The frame has a lot of mounts, and the steel construction creates a smooth and damp ride. The pedaling position is rock-solid, and the Pine Mountain is a surprisingly competent climber. While this bike clearly prefers adventure rides, it holds up quite well on the average after-work trail ride. The middle-of-the-road geometry avoids being too long and slack or too steep and twitchy. It descends confidently, corners well, and scoots back up the hill surprisingly fast. Oh yeah, the build kit is rock solid given the price with highlights like a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain and 4-piston brakes.

Impacts of rising temperatures are visible today from the poles to the equator, each region struggling with its own set of symptoms: droughts, extreme storms, floods and swinging temperatures. Scientists estimate that the world has, so far, experienced a global temperature increase of 1.1C, while the expected temperature rise if we continue polluting as usual is 3C by 2100.

At a time when NFT and web3 criticism is reaching fever pitch, hip-hop legend and innovator Nas is selling two of his singles as NFTs, which fans can purchase to claim streaming royalty rights. The rising popularity of music NFTs brings a particularly interesting argument into focus: Is blockchain antithetical to the free and open virtues of torrenting? Or is it fighting the same gatekeepers that content pirates aimed to unseat? 041b061a72


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