first_imgThere was a great turnout for the 2015 Runegal in aid of St Michael’s and Pieta House. The earlier start suited the runners and the organisers – especially with the constant downpour that hit Donegal on Saturday! The addition of the 5k provided a good alternative for the new and younger athletes.10k winners were:Male1. Sean Murphy in 36.30 (ten seconds improvement on last year)2. Ronnie Kidd3. Kevin ShielsFemale1. Claire Richardson  52.092. Catherine Reavey3.  Robyn MacIntosh 1st Local  John McClafferty5k winners:Winner   Cameron Jenkins1st lady   Fiona McClellandJuv boy  Max RoartyJuv girl    Aoibhinn McGinleyThanks to all participants for supporting the event and well done to all – it is a challenging 10k and 5k which will not give you a personal best time for the distance but should give you a huge sense of satisfaction for finishing it.Thanks to our sponsors – Harte Insurance for the trophies, Centra, Western Beverages, MCM Group, and the Gleeson group for the refreshments.Thanks for all the support from St. Michael’s – the organising committee, the tea ladies, the marshalls, the route planners, the Guards, the registrars, the gantry collector, the photographer – a great team effort from all which led to a successful and enjoyable day.Keep the date free for next year and get out training – you know you can beat your time! ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB HOST SUPERB RUNEGAL EVENT – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

Goodbye cruel world weve passed the carbon tipping point

first_imgStay on target We have passed a grim new milestone for atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, probably for good. Earlier this week Mauna Loa Observatory, a key site for keeping tabs on carbon dioxide measured 400 parts per million — a figure that some researchers have claimed would be the critical tipping point for the Earth.Numbers higher than 400 ppm have been observed a few times in the last decade, what makes this significant is that September is usually the month when global C02 levels are at the lowest.Ralph Keeling, a scientist at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography and lead on their CO2 monitoring program wrote that it was “almost impossible” that we will drop below 400 ppm in the coming months. “Brief excursions toward lower values are still possible, but it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year – or ever again for the indefinite future.”I won’t waste time debating whether or not global climate change is a thing. The overwhelming majority of scientists and researchers that cover climatologic and atmospheric science support the theory. It’s also one of the best-supported theories in the whole of science. That said, what happens next isn’t completely clear.We know, for example, that the Earth has a lot of feedback loops that can (and have) caused runaway climate change in the past. For example, when global temperatures cross certain thresholds, they trigger other effects that accelerate warming. So far, the consensus is that the oceans have taken the biggest hit, absorbing the majority of the temperature increase. They’re dark and absorb more of the sun’s heat than the ice caps, plus ocean currents can shift excess heat all around — something the hard and rocky crust can’t. But, that time may be coming to a close soon. As our planet continues to warm, more and more ice will melt. That’s really bad news. The ice caps are reflective and bounce a lot of extra heat back out into space. As they melt and become oceans, they’ll absorb more heat and melt, even more, ice. That’s just one potential scenario, but it’s emblematic of what we face as a species.We still may not see major effects for another few years, and that’s part of the problem. Any major potential solutions have to be started now. Options like new nuclear power plants can take ten years or more to build. It’s possible that crossing this threshold will scare more people into action, and help more nations to commit to lowering carbon emissions.The Paris Agreement is the first and largest step towards stopping the actual, literal apocalypse. So far more than 60 nations have agreed to the international resolution to dramatically cut carbon emissions. But together they make up just shy of 50% of global carbon output. The US, China, and loads of other major, industrialized countries need to commit to working together on one massive global project to save life on Earth. It won’t be easy; it will cost trillions and trillions of dollars, but it’ll be the best investment we can possibly make.Not cutting emissions will cost many, many times more than building out the infrastructure we need right now, especially as rising sea levels, depletion of marine life, etc. force us to find new homes and sources of food.I urge you: talk to your friends. Talk to your family. Talk to anyone who will listen. Call politicians. Send letters. Get ahold of the biggest decision makers you can and encourage them to commit to change and talk to their colleagues. There is still time, but we are running out… and fast. This ‘Cube’ Lets You Experience the Earth’s Most Extre…Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program last_img read more