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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

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Hope Island joins Gold Coast million-dollar club

first_imgThe island suburb is known for its boating lifestyle.“We’re getting lots of interstate buyers seeing value in the lifestyle that the (Sanctuary Cove) resort offers,” he said.“There’s been steady price growth and plenty of record sales.”Mr Gates said it was difficult to find a house for less than $1.5 million but there were opportunities to buy apartments or townhouses for much less.Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents’s Charlon Delos Angeles said the area was getting more attention than ever, which had contributed to the price increase.“I think it’s because Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove are starting to get a bit more exposure,” he said.“As soon as people know about the place they think, ‘this is a nice area’.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 MORE NEWS: Buyer takes big risk to secure designer’s home Source: CoreLogic data to May Hope Island’s median house price has reached $1 million following strong price growth over the past few years.A NORTHERN suburb that has been lingering on the outskirts of the Gold Coast’s million-dollar club for months has finally made it in.Hope Island is the latest area to make it into the elite group, CoreLogic data to May shows.It joins Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Tallebudgera Valley, Broadbeach Waters, Clear Island Waters and Bundall, making it the only northern suburb in the group.Hope Island, which includes the exclusive enclave of Sanctuary Cove, has only just earned entry after its median house price jumped 12.4 per cent in the past year to $1 million.But Ray White prestige agent Matt Gates, who specialises in Sanctuary Cove properties, said it was likely to continue climbing as house hunters were attracted to the area’s lifestyle. MORE NEWS: Where to buy in the regions 1. Mermaid Beach – $1.4 million 2. Surfers Paradise – $1.23 million3. Tallebudgera Valley – $1.17 million4. Broadbeach Waters – $1.14 million5. Clear Island Waters – $1.13 million6. Bundall – $1,062,5007. Hope Island – $1 million While the suburb and its prestige enclave were known for their extravagant waterfront and golf course mega-mansions, Mr Delos Angeles said it wasn’t just an area for cashed-up buyers.“There are some really nice communities that aren’t gated and there’s a lot of property (types) for everyone,” he said.“There’s still a lot of opportunities for people to enter into that type of market by buying something that’s a renovator.”Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate director Alex Phillis said recent infrastructure upgrades had also breathed new life into the area and complemented the resort-inspired lifestyle everyone loved.“One minute you could be golfing then you could be out on the boat,” he said. MILLION-DOLLAR CLUB (suburb, median house price)last_img read more

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Career in limbo, Steelers LB Shazier helping in other ways

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — At least one portion of Ryan Shazier’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker’s life is hardly the same. Shazier still makes his way to the club’s practice facility around 7 a.m. most days. Any teammate willing to drop by Shazier’s usual spot can feel free to pull out a notebook and start jotting Shazier’s thoughts while he serves as both peer and professor.“He’s just trying to find little nitpick things,” Pittsburgh rookie safety Terrell Edmunds said.It is Shazier’s way of staying connected to the game even as he continues his long and inspiring recovery from that frightening moment last December when the Pro Bowler lowered his helmet to hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone late in the first quarter, a play that ended with Shazier clutching his lower back in agony while players knelt around him in prayer and Paul Brown Stadium feel eerily silent.Ten months later, the sight of Shazier being taken off the field on a stretcher before being placed in an ambulance remains fresh as the Steelers (2-2-1) brace themselves for their annual visit to Cincinnati (4-1) on Sunday.“It was just a really weird feeling after that happened,” Pittsburgh linebacker L.J. Fort said. “You’d make a good play but nobody was really jumping around or was excited or anything like that, so it was really sobering moment and brought to the forefront that football is not the most important thing in life.”Playing amid a mixture of fear for their friend and uncertainty over Shazier’s status, the Steelers rallied for a 23-20 victory .Asked how they managed to recover emotionally in time to put together a stirring rally, they’re still not sure. In the immediate aftermath of Shazier’s injury there was only chaos and confusion.Outside linebacker Bud Dupree admitted he and inside linebacker Vince Williams — two of Shazier’s closest friends on the team — were under the impression Shazier had been blindsided by a member of the Bengals. The two spent the rest of the first half looking for revenge.“We were just walking around trying (to hit) the first person we see,” Dupree said. “We weren’t worried about football. We wanted to take up for our brother.”In the end, it’s Shazier who has taken up for his teammates.Though the 26-year-old remains open to the possibility of playing again — he’s able to get around the practice field without assistance these days and his practice clothes remain hanging in his locker much as they have been before he got hurt — he’s intent on helping in other ways.His mere presence provides an emotional lift, but Shazier is intent on being something far beyond an avatar for inspiration. He’s become a go-between of sorts between the coaching staff and the defense. He can cut through the clutter and deliver some “real talk” when necessary.During last Sunday’s 41-17 romp over Atlanta, Shazier sat on the bench with a tablet in hand. After every series the inside linebackers would crowd around him looking for instruction and insight. Shazier would offer words of encouragement when necessary or tips on how to avoid mistakes.“Since he’s not playing, his mental part of the game is so great,” Dupree said. “He shares a lot of stuff with us. He lets us know stuff ahead of time before the coaches even tell us. We already know it. It keeps us on our toes.”And it keeps Shazier engaged. There remains no timetable for when he will make a decision on whether returning to play is feasible. There’s so much going on in his life — from his physical recovery to his new role with the team to becoming a father for a second time — it hardly matters.Football remains an integral part of his plan no matter how his physical recovery goes. When asked if he believes Shazier could become an effective coach whenever his playing career ends, linebacker Tyler Matakevich nods enthusiastically.“You look at him, what he’s been through, how he’s handled it combined with his love for the game and his mind for the game, it’s amazing,” Matakevich said. “It hasn’t changed him. He’s been the same guy since the day I got here.”And in a way, Pittsburgh is counting on it. Shazier will be back on the turf in Cincinnati with the rest of the team on Sunday afternoon as the Steelers look for their first winning streak of the season. When the defense runs onto the field, he’ll linger behind, a feeling that will probably never truly feel normal.Yet if this is the best way for him to contribute, he’ll take it. So will the teammates who have come to rely on him in so many ways.“The only time he really doesn’t come is when he’s tired from rehab,” Dupree said. “You see him on the sideline. He’s active at practice. In the meetings. Never sleeping. Attacking every day like he’s still here.”NOTES: S Morgan Burnett (groin), LB L.J. Fort (ankle) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. … LB Vince Williams (hamstring) and Edmunds (calf) were full participants.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, right, poses with Pittsburgh Penguins NhL hockey player Sidney Crosby before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)last_img read more

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Thurston County Election Results

first_imgCandidates are waking up this morning with either a new job or a continuation of a previous job.  School administrators and fire departments are checking results of levies and bonds that will fund their programs.You can find all of the election results from the November 3 general election on the Thurston County Auditor’s website.  You can see who is leading in Port Commissioner races, school bond levies, Olympia and Tenino mayor races and all other election returns across Thurston County.http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20151103/thurston/ Facebook58Tweet0Pin0last_img