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It is incompatible with [the Diocese’s] religious mission and with its efforts to teach Gospel values to condone competitions between young men and women in sports that involve substantial and potentially immodest physical contact.

—New York Times story on a Catholic Diocese that doesn’t allow girls and boys to play contact sports together.

Photo credit: David Mercer/AP

"According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher.

That’s almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents — so this is not necessarily because of their parents’ influence.” Full story here.

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Photo credit: Jennifer Whitney/Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

"I want to empower people who live in apartments. Because that’s their home too." – State Sen. Dan Patrick in last night’s lieutenant governor debate against State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

dendroica:

Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

A new report from the National Research Council finds that the effect of climate change is especially harsh on these islands. Population growth in much of this long coast “is nearly twice the national average,” the report said. Meanwhile, “these same coasts are subject to impact by some of the most powerful storms on earth and the destruction potential of these events is increasing due to climate change and relative sea-level rise.”
And so far, the report added, “as a compassionate nation, we rally each time a disaster strikes and provide resources for postdisaster recovery that far exceed those we are willing to provide to manage risk.”
The panel calls for a regional or even national approach to managing coastal hazards — a “proactive” effort to protect life, landscape and property, rather than the “disjointed and largely reactive approach” that has marked coastal protection efforts.
Until relatively recently, barrier islands defended themselves against rising seas by, in a sense, moving to higher ground: Storms washed beach sand to the islands’ inland side; inlets formed and healed, usually leaving sand deposits behind the islands. This process worked well, as geologists noticed after the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962, a nor’easter that battered much of the East Coast through five high tides. Afterward, they reported that beach recovery was fastest and most robust in areas with the least development.

(via NYTimes.com)
Image: Aerial view of a breach in the Fire Island National Seashore caused by Hurricane Sandy. Credit: National Park Service.

Should we be more concerned about climate change?

dendroica:

Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

A new report from the National Research Council finds that the effect of climate change is especially harsh on these islands. Population growth in much of this long coast “is nearly twice the national average,” the report said. Meanwhile, “these same coasts are subject to impact by some of the most powerful storms on earth and the destruction potential of these events is increasing due to climate change and relative sea-level rise.”

And so far, the report added, “as a compassionate nation, we rally each time a disaster strikes and provide resources for postdisaster recovery that far exceed those we are willing to provide to manage risk.”

The panel calls for a regional or even national approach to managing coastal hazards — a “proactive” effort to protect life, landscape and property, rather than the “disjointed and largely reactive approach” that has marked coastal protection efforts.

Until relatively recently, barrier islands defended themselves against rising seas by, in a sense, moving to higher ground: Storms washed beach sand to the islands’ inland side; inlets formed and healed, usually leaving sand deposits behind the islands. This process worked well, as geologists noticed after the Ash Wednesday storm in 1962, a nor’easter that battered much of the East Coast through five high tides. Afterward, they reported that beach recovery was fastest and most robust in areas with the least development.

(via NYTimes.com)

Image: Aerial view of a breach in the Fire Island National Seashore caused by Hurricane Sandy. Credit: National Park Service.

Should we be more concerned about climate change?

Lagos drivers to get licence in two hours

instagist:

The Lagos State Government says drivers will henceforth process and get their driving licences in two hours.

The government stated that about 302,000 driving licences were fully processed in the state from 2011, adding that 194, 000 applicants for drivers’ licences had yet to be processed out…