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About those receding Himalayan glaciers that will rob the sub-continent of water

Remember the fuss about the receding Himalayan glaciers that were going to disappear because of global warming…and the perilous tales peddled about the sub-continent running out of water as a result?

Yeah, well it turns out that those stories were yet more lies in the ongoing lie-fest over global warming.

Glaciers around the world are melting, retreating and even vanishing altogether. But in the mountainous Karakoram region of Asia — home to K2, the second highest peak on Earth — the glaciers aren’t melting. If anything, some are expanding.

Now, scientists have found an explanation for this mysterious glacial stability. While precipitation is increasing across the Himalayas, most of this moisture drops in the summer — except in Karakoram, where snow dominates the scene.

“It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” said study researcher Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric and ocean sciences at Princeton University.

“This gives a reasoning for why you can have increased snowfall in a region and have increased glaciers or stable glaciers in a warming world,” Kapnick told Live Science.

The Karakoram is a picturesque chain of snowy peaks along the border of India, Pakistan and China. It’s part of the larger Himalaya mountain chain, which is losing its glaciers as the climate warms.

Yet observations in the Karakoram region reveal that the glaciers there are stable, and snowfall is increasing instead of decreasing.

“I really wanted to dive deeply into why that is,” Kapnick said.   Read more »

Faces of the day

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Chinese not to buy our stuff. But OK to buy theirs

Where are the howls of protest from Labour, Green and NZ First over this?

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The Chinese buying a diarying business in the Central North Island is akin to treason apparently, so I can’t quite understand why nobody is upset about New Zealand largest and most economically predatory company doing the same thing?

How weird is this?   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

PHOTO: Getty Images Thousands of people enjoy the water at the Chinese Dead Sea tourist resort as the outside temperatures reached 100 degrees on July 25, 2014 in Suining, China.

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Thousands of people enjoy the water at the Chinese Dead Sea tourist resort as the outside temperatures reached 100 degrees on July 25, 2014 in Suining, China.

Chinese Tourists REALLY Love Their Swimming Pool At The ‘Daying Dead Sea’

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Face of the day

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Josh Maunsell’s Selfie stick

Today’s face of the day makes me shake my head in bewilderment…….

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Aussies are “rascals and cowards”

convictsI thought newspapers were supposed to tell us things we didn’t already know?

Australia is an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” that will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper.

“Australia’s history is not short of records of human rights infringement on the Aboriginal population,” said the Global Times, China’s most popular tabloid, in an editorial published in the newspaper’s English and Chinese editions today.

“The country used to be a place roamed by rascals and outlaws from Europe,” it said. “Perhaps it has to boast its values to cover up its actual lack of confidence in front of Western countries.”

Well, hello.  We all know they’re of convict stock.  Nothing new there.   Read more »

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Photo: Jo Farrell Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility.

Photo: Jo Farrell
Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility.

The Last Living Women with Bound Feet

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Education: Quality vs Quantity

The Labour party has made a fundamental error with their education policy.

They have confused quality with quantity.

In their mad rush to appease the NZEI with increased teacher numbers they have failed to understand that there are literally hundreds of studies world-wide that show that reducing class sizes do almost nothing to increase the quality of outcomes.

Even Damian Christie understands this:

Studies show that by increasing the quality of the teacher, rather than some journeyman, union hack, and put them in front of the classroom, then that has much more of an impact than reducing class sizes. In Finland, the country Labour used to hold up as the example for education, they focused on quality and have a requirement that every teacher have a minimum of a Master level degree. Imagine the howls of outrage from teacher unions in NZ if a political party mandated that for teachers.

Which brings me to an email from a reader that explains what Labour have missed.

In Hi Cam,

I was an English teacher in China for a couple of years at a private school that taught classes spoken English in-house and away at local state schools. This was all prior to the 2008 Olympics.
Class sizes ranged from between 12 to 25 students in-house and averaged about 40 in the state schools.    Read more »

Chinese Businessmen’s donations to Labour down

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Paper bag

I am sad to report that the paper bag industry has taken a severe hit as Wealthy Chinese Businessmen in their hundreds are cutting back on their donations to the Labour Party this election year. ” I just can’t take the risk,” one well known owner of a business has said.” In China money can buy influence but here it gets the donor humiliated via the media because the Labour parties left hand does not know what the right is doing.”

“A friend of mine, ” he went on the say, “actually tried to assimilate to Kiwi ways and donated a few years back with out a paper bag at an auction. He purchased a bottle of organic grape juice for $86,250 and had a photo taken when it was presented to him by a Mr Barker. However

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REUTERS/China Daily  A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe at a dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang, Autonomous Region, China.

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A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe at a dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang, Autonomous Region, China.

Marilyn ‘The Seven Year Itch’

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