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Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years

Via The Daily Beast: ‘Antarctica is losing so much mass that it’s actually changing Earth’s gravity.

…The immediate consequence of the melting is the growing instability of ice shelves, places where the ice covering extends into the ocean. …As Antarctic ice melts, it shifts mass from the continent into the oceans, slightly changing Earth’s gravitational field in that part of the world…’

 

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In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight


In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight - The Washington Post

Via Washington Post: ‘While the international community has been accused of dragging its feet on the Ebola crisis, Cuba, a country of just 11 million people that still enjoys a fraught relationship with the United States, has emerged as a crucial provider of medical expertise in the West African nations hit by Ebola.

On Thursday, 165 health professionals from the country arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to join the fight against Ebola – the largest medical team of any single foreign nation, according to the World Health Organization WHO. And after being trained to deal with Ebola, a further 296 Cuban doctors and nurses will go to Liberia and Guinea, the other two countries worst hit by the crisis.’