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The world’s largest ice sheet is melting at an alarming rate, according to new research.

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) contains most of the Earth’s glacier ice.

The ice sheet was thought to be staying the same size, despite global warming.

However, scientists have found that some parts of the EAIS have been lost over recent decades.

Researchers at Durham University concluded that according to current trends the EAIS could cause nearly half a metre of sea-level rise by 2100, and between two and five metres by 2500.

What are ice sheets?

Ice sheets, which are also known as continental glaciers, are huge masses of glacial ice largely formed from freshwater.

The research team, which included scientists from the UK, Australia, France, and the US, looked at how the ice sheet responded to past warm periods when making their predictions.

Ice sheets can extend over huge bodies of water where they become ice shelves.greenland-ice-sheet.

Marine scientists say that coral across much of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is recovering.

Over the last 10 years, it has suffered from storms and bleaching events to record high levels.

The reef’s northern and central parts have the highest amount of coral cover since monitoring began nearly forty years ago.

However, coral cover in the southern part of the reef has decreased.

Experts are warning that the new coral is still vulnerable to future threats including climate change – which means that progress could be quickly undone.

Scientists looked at 87 different sites and found that northern and central parts of the reef had bounced back from damage more quickly than some had expected.

Did you know?

The Great Barrier Reef is so big, that it can be seen from outer space!

Events caused by climate change – like storms, cyclones, floods, and warming seas – have a harmful impact on coral.

Coral reefs are vital for lots of plants, animals, and people, but warming oceans can lead to coral bleaching which seriously damages the delicate ecosystem.

The Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass coral bleaching events in the past six years. Coral bleaching happens when sea temperatures get too high or low.

Would you swim in this pool?

An image has emerged from China shows hundreds of swimmers in bright inflatable rubber rings squashed together.

According to Newsflare, an employee of the water park told local television that scenes like this were common during weekends and holidays.

A video was also posted to TikTok.

Some online commentators compared the pool to a bowl of Froot Loops cereal.

A recent report has found almost 40 percent of New Zealanders google health advice online, before seeing a professional.

The findings were part of the Healthy Futures Report which interviewed 5000 people about their physical and mental health conditions.

The report found since that due to Covid-19 many people are confused about where to go for accurate health advice and information.

Pleasingly, the 40% mark represents a 4% drop when compared to the last study.

People were now more likely to seek out advice from health professionals when physically unwell.

There was also an increase in people (22 percent, up 11 points) seeking health advice from pharmacists when unwell.

Happy 60th birthday Spider-Man!

The rad, webbed superhero is celebrating 60 years since he was created.

Marvel is paying tribute to the month with a special 1000th issue of the Amazing Fantasy comic – in which Spider-Man first appeared – on 31 August.

The magazine will feature stories from top creators like Dan Slott, Jonathan Hickman, Neil Gaimon, and Rainbow Rowell which will explore the past and future of Spider-Man.

HISTORY

Peter Parker (also known as Spider-Man) first appeared in the 15th issue of the Amazing Fantasy comic in 1962. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created it.

At first, the comic’s publishers didn’t think anyone would like Spider-Man, and the creators were only given 11 pages to tell his story.

However, that comic edition sold so well that the following year in March, Spider-Man got his own comic book series called: The Amazing Spider-Man.

There have now been more than 900 issues published of The Amazing Spider-Man comic.

More than 1000 firefighters are battling a “monster” wildfire in south-western France.

The fire has already destroyed about 7400 hectares of forest, officials say.

The blaze is located about 30km southeast of Bordeaux. The fire has destroyed homes and forced 10,000 residents to flee.

Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.

Sixty-five German firefighters have arrived from Bonn and others from Poland and Romania are expected in the fire zone soon.

France has nine water-bombing helicopters deployed and is getting some firefighting aircraft from Greece and Sweden.

The wildfire in France’s Gironde region has been raging for two days near the small town of Landiras.

In the same area last month a wildfire burned 14,000 hectares before being contained. It was France’s driest month since 1961.

The first cruise ship for the 2022/23 season has arrived in New Zealand.

Over the weekend P&O Pacific Explorer docked in at Queens Wharf in Auckland from Sydney.

It is the first ship here in nearly two and a half years.

About 2000 people – including crew and 1200 passengers – were on board. Its arrival also marked the reopening of cruising to the Pacific, with the ship on its way to Fiji next.

Twenty ships were due to dock in the country before Christmas.

The Pacific Explorer was based in Australia and followed Australian Covid-19 rules, Jones said.

The World Dog Surfing Champs have been held at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, California.

The competition sees dogs dressed in beach-appropriate clothing, including sunglasses, costumes, and doggy-size life jackets.

The dogs are judged on some of the same categories as a human surfing competition, from technique to the length of the ride.

Awards are handed out based on dog size (Small, Medium, Large/XL) as well as other categories, including Human/Dog Tandem.

The main winner was an Australian cattle dog named Skyler who nabbed first place as the Top Dog Final Overall Champ.

Though dog surfing is said to have started in the 1920s, it was first recorded circa 1932 in the silent film On the Waves at Waikiki.

The World Dog Surfing Championships has been held on the California coast since 2016, and it is one of several such contests that have been established around the world.

For the record, Abbie Girl, an Australian dog set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for the longest wave surfed by a dog in open water. Abbie Girl rode her wave for 351-feet at Ocean Beach in San Diego, California, on Oct. 18, 2011.