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Climate scientists throw cold water on ‘Arctic methane bomb’ report

A research team made a worrisome discovery off the Siberian coast, The Guardian reports. The scientists say they believe they are first to uncover observational evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean have started to be released after determining that methane levels at the ocean’s surface were four to eight times higher than expected.The deposits are considered “sleeping giants of the carbon cycle” and could theoretically expedite climate change, given that methane has a warming effect 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period, The Guardian notes. But while the discovery sounds alarming, it’s also been met with skepticism from some climate scientists.> This story is… unconvincing. First off it’s just two scientists (no publication), one of whom has made similar (unsupported) claims before & ignores the context that permafrost & methane have

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  • October 27, 2020

Buying PayPal Stock Could Be the Smartest Investment You Ever Make

It’s no news to anyone that these are trying times for many companies. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, industries such as tourism and travel have been particularly hard hit by border closures, restrictions, and a general desire by people to avoid unnecessary risks of exposure. However, great opportunities can also arise from crises.

For example, social distancing has contributed a strong tailwind to the transition of business and consumer activity into the online universe, which has, in turn, driven a boom for technology stocks.

Among those accelerating trends are the shifts toward digital payments and e-commerce, and Paypal (NASDAQ:PYPL) is a key beneficiary of those changes. The company has acted as an intermediary between consumers and corporations since 2000, and its platform boasted 346 million active accounts at the end of the second quarter.

Here are some reasons why buying Paypal could be the smartest investment decision you’ll ever make.

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  • October 16, 2020

Buying a car isn’t always about reliability, or is it?

Dear Car Talk:

I just traded in my 2004 Jeep Liberty for a “used” 2020 Jeep Renegade Latitude with 4,000 miles. It was a demo. Sticker price was $29,000. I paid $21,000. It has all the bells and whistles; cold weather package, safety package, etc. I even got the color I wanted: Metallic Bikini.

My son is a mechanic. He was, well, let’s say, unhappy with my choice. He said, “Mom, it’s a Dodge Neon engine in a Jeep body.” I love my Renegade. I joined the JROG (Jeep Renegade Owner’s Group), and it seems most people love their Renegades.

Am I an idiot? Is my son right? Did I make a bad choice? I did get the extended bumper to bumper warranty because of the amount of electronics. Please give me some ammunition to use against my son. Thank you.

— Gretchen

Your best ammunition is “your mom is

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  • October 4, 2020

Hurricane preparedness buying guide

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It is currently peak hurricane season in the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center: Hurricane season generally begins in June for the Atlantic and mid-May for the Eastern Pacific region, lasting until the end of November. The varying severity of hurricanes and tropical storms can bring forth damage, of course, from a few knocked-down trees to heftier property damage and loss of electricity, as we saw this year with Tropical Storm Isaias and as some are experiencing currently with Hurricane Sally. Depending on where you live, you may already have hurricane-first measures in place such as storm shutters on your windows. But what

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  • September 16, 2020

The ultimate buying guide for reusable face coverings

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life. The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

As well as on public transport, face coverings are mandatory in all shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs in England. As well as in the indoor settings where you are unlikely to come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, including cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

People who don’t wear a mask face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

On 13 August, Boris Johnson announced that tougher penalties

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  • August 18, 2020

‘Find Kristin Smart’ group says it’s serious about buying home next to Paul Flores’ mom

A group of community advocates seeking justice for missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart is floating the idea of buying an Arroyo Grande home next to the property of Susan Flores.

Flores is the mother of Paul Flores, the last person seen with Smart when the 19-year-old woman went missing after a party in San Luis Obispo in 1996.

Members of the Find Kristin Smart Facebook group started discussing the idea when the home on the 500 block of East Branch Street was listed for sale online. The group had more than 30,000 members as of Monday.

“Ok serious proposal,” group member Pascoe Bowen wrote on Aug. 5. “What if we bought the house for sale next door to (Susan Flores) and turned it into the Kristin Smart memorial museum, and research center for missing people? The house is selling for $700,000, we have over 29,000 members in this group.

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  • August 10, 2020

UK buying 90 million coronavirus vaccine doses

LONDON — British officials say they have signed a deal to buy 90 million doses of experimental coronavirus vaccines being developed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and others.

The British government said in a statement Monday that it had secured access to a vaccine candidate being developed by a Pfizer and BioNTech, in addition to another experimental vaccine researched by Valneva. Britain had previously signed a deal with AstraZeneca to provide 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine being tested by Oxford University, which is expected to announce further results later Monday.

“Millions of people could be vaccinated against coronavirus,” the government statement said, citing the three different vaccines it has now invested in.

Although it is still unclear which if any of the vaccines will ultimately prove effective against the virus, Britain and other rich countries are already investing in the vaccines to ensure there is enough manufacturing capacity

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