Outdoor Updates: Global CO2 levels are at record levels

first_imgCarbon dioxide, the gas mainly responsible for global warming, has reached levels on earth not seen in 3 million years. Scientists used computer simulations of our planet’s past and compared them to data from the deep sea. The findings showed that the last time carbon dioxide on Earth was so elevated the sea level was 65 feet higher and trees grew on Antarctica. Today’s CO2 levels are 410 parts per million. Scientists note that even trace amounts in the atmosphere raise global temperatures and that the levels cannot be explained by natural factors. All of the world’s nations, except the United States, have joined the Paris climate agreement with the goal of lowering carbon dioxide emissions and stopping the rise in global temperature. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to move California condors into the Pacific Northwest The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to establish an experimental population of the California condor in the Pacific Northwest. Data shows that reintroduction of the California condor into northern regions is biologically feasible and will help to conserve the species. The California condor is the largest land bird in North America and can live up to 60 years. When humans began settling the Americas, California condors lived throughout much of the continent but by 1987 the bird was listed as extinct in the wild due to poaching, habitat destruction and lead poisoning. Numbers grew through captive breeding programs and in 1991 the birds were reintroduced back into the wild. They remain one of the world’s most rare birds. As of 2017 there were 463 total living California condors.center_img Global carbon dioxide levels are higher than they’ve been in 3 million yearslast_img read more


Real Madrid in U-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Comment Real Madrid’s hierarchy now want to keep Dani Ceballos instead of loaning him out to Arsenal (Getty)Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their hopes of keeping Dani Ceballos as Real Madrid have now decided to retain the midfielder for their pre-season campaign, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old excelled in his final few months under Mikel Arteta and ended his season-long loan by helping Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.Arteta has made it clear that he is keen for Ceballos to remain at Arsenal for another campaign after he formed a solid midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League run-in.Arsenal were hopeful of reaching a new agreement with Real Madrid to extend Ceballos’ loan and potentially include an option to purchase the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, AS reports that Madrid have now reconsidered Ceballos’ future following his impressive performances for Arsenal.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy are convinced that Ceballos can become a first-team regular and they want the midfielder to be given the upcoming pre-season campaign to showcase his ability. Advertisement Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup this season (Getty Images)However, AS report that the final decision over whether Ceballos will stay part of Madrid’s squad remains with Zinedine Zidane.Ceballos initially pushed to leave Madrid after failing to secure a regular role under Zidane.The midfielder was also keen to receive regular playing time in order to boost his chances of winning a place in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCeballos has made no secret of his desire to become a key part of Madrid’s midfield but the Spaniard has also made it clear that he wants regular football.Speaking after Arsenal’s win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Ceballos said: ‘I want to play 35 games [next season] at least.‘I am one of those who say that when you are happy, you develop your game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Real Madrid in U-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenallast_img read more


MLB still considering changes to speed up games in 2019, but will not implement DH in NL

first_img MLB hot stove: Hal Steinbrenner talks Bryce Harper, Manny Machado The commissioner has the power to unilaterally implement those changes if MLB and the union don’t come to an agreement.While the AL adopted the DH rule in 1973, National League teams — and their fans — have long proudly resisted the DH, but its implementation in the senior circuit now seems almost inevitable. Expect the National League DH proposal to come up for talks regarding the next collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires at the end of the 2021 season. MLB reportedly will rename disabled list as ‘injured list’ Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the DH rule will not be expanded to the NL in 2019, and while that request by the MLBPA was a long shot to implement this season, a couple of proposed rule changes are still under consideration.Two changes designed to shorten games are still on the table for 2019, according to the AP. One, a 20-second pitch clock, has been mentioned in the past as a way to shave time from games. The other proposal is a rule that would require a relief pitcher to face at least three batters unless an inning ends.center_img Speaking Friday at an owners’ meeting, Manfred told the AP he is encouraged by the union’s response to the pitch clock and three-batter-minimum proposals. Related News Manfred, who has made speeding the pace of MLB games a priority in recent seasons, first proposed the pitch clock before last season. MLB recently suggested the three-batter minimum rule to the players union.last_img read more


Schoolboy footballers look to overseas opportunities

first_img Attractive offers Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) might have seven players looking to make the most of attractive offers from local and overseas institutions, with the University of the West Indies, University of Technology (UTech), and G.C. Foster College providing the local options. One such player is outgoing Captain Oquin Robinson, who, while receiving two firm offers, has University of Connecticut as his preferred choice. Robinson noted that while all his teammates have sat and passed the US Collegiate prerequisite SAT examination, he is determined to continue his studies outside of Jamaica. “Honestly, I want to go to UCONN. So, I am currently awaiting the best offer to move. I will definitely be moving overseas. It is the best choice for me,” he argued. Meanwhile, Gregory Daley, head of daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College’s (CC) sports department, said his players do get scholarships, but few are qualified to enrol. CC marksman Jourdaine Fletcher, who was top-scorer in the daCosta Cup competition, says he wants a scholarship despite featuring for Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United in the current campaign. “I got a lot of contacts from schools overseas, and my mother is dealing with it. I am just using these games to get better,” said Fletcher, who was recently named to the Reggae Boyz squad to face USA. “It is definitely important to still have something in the brain.” While not all Jamaican schoolboy footballers will meet full matriculation standards to local and international tertiary institutions this school year, many have indicated interest in pursuing academic scholarships. This as opposed to signing professional contracts when their high school studies are completed. With the highlight of their sporting year now a memory, life after the daCosta Cup, Manning Cup, Walker Cup, Ben Francis Cup, FLOW Super Cup and Olivier Shield will take focus for a number of the island’s top local young footballers. FLOW Super Cup champions, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, the beaten Manning Cup finalists, could see up to eight of their student-footballers moving on, with team manager Kurt Boothe revealing that the youngsters are carefully weighing their options between continuing their education and pursuing professional football opportunities. One of those players, defender Scott Williams, who currently has several offers from American universities, says he is focused on striking the right balance between football and academics. “One hundred per cent of my teammates will prefer to go abroad, but not necessarily to play on a scholarship,” Williams reasoned. “We know the quality of football here (in Jamaica) is not going anywhere, pretty much, so I am ready to pursue a scholarship.”last_img read more