Arctic sea ice extent just hit a record low for early June; worse may come

first_imgThe lowest Arctic sea ice extent in the 40-year satellite record for this time of year was set on June 10 with just 10.901 million square kilometers of ice remaining, dipping just below the previous record set in 2016 of 10.919 million square kilometers. This year’s record is likely to deepen at least for the coming days.Some scientists theorize that declining Arctic summer sea ice extent, which has fallen by roughly half since 1979, could be generating a cascade of harmful effects: as the Arctic melts, the heat differential between the Far North and temperate zone lessens, causing the jet stream (high altitude Northern Hemisphere winds), to falter.As the polar jet stream loses energy, it can fail to hug the Arctic Circle. Instead it starts to dip deeply into the temperate zone forming great waves which can block and stall weather patterns there, bringing long punishing bouts of rain and floods like those seen in the Midwest this spring, or extended heatwaves and drought.Arctic weather variations are too complex to predict in advance, but 2019 has made a strong start toward possibly beating 2012 for the lowest annual ice extent record. Records aside, the Arctic sea ice death spiral and the extreme weather it can trigger are adversely impacting agriculture, infrastructure, economics and human lives. An Arctic multi-year ice floe, riddled with melt ponds, on the starboard side of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Photo by Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard.On Monday, June 10, following a tumultuous May that saw massive floods and tornadoes rip through the US Midwest, heatwaves in the Southeast, and snow in the Rockies, 2019 claimed another climate crisis victim — sea ice.The lowest Arctic sea ice extent in the 40-year satellite record for this time of year was set with just 10.901 million square kilometers (4.21 million square miles) of ice left in the Arctic. Though that number dipped only slightly below the previous record set in 2016 of 10.919 million square kilometers (4.22 million square miles), this new data along with other Arctic sea ice indicators was enough to get climate scientists worrying — and talking.Every year, Arctic sea ice hits its lowest extent in September. Spring and summer, therefore, are known as the melt season, following a winter of ice growth. Ultimately, annual variation in the loss of sea ice is determined by weather patterns, which makes it impossible to accurately predict which years will experience record-lows under a warming climate and which years will fare better.But for ice-watchers, 2019 is showing some serious signs we could be in for a bad summer and maybe a new record for low extent. For starters, the conditions in the Arctic right now ominously mirror the spring conditions of 2007. That year is infamous among polar scientists for setting the lowest September sea ice extent at the time, though it was later bumped to second place by 2012, then tied with 2016.Arctic sea ice extent set a new record low for this time of year on June 10 and June 11, 2019. Trend lines for 2012, 2016 and 2007, which currently hold the three lowest September extent records, are shown in comparison. ChArctic image courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).Both 2007 and 2019 have been dominated by lingering high pressure systems, bringing intensifying sunlight and heat. The Arctic has experienced record-breaking temperatures this spring, particularly around Alaska where ice cover had all but disappeared in the Bering Sea by March. This high pressure system over the North American Arctic, coupled with the low pressure system over northeastern Eurasia is known by scientists as the“Arctic Dipole Anomaly.”“What happens is this pattern sets up and pumps a lot of warm air into the Arctic on the Eurasian side,” says Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. “This creates a pressure pattern that favors a big flux of ice out of Fram Strait.” The Fram Strait, which runs between Greenland and Svalbard and the Jan Mayen archipelago to the east, is the key zone where drifting ice exits the Arctic, and more ice moving through its waters is bad news for the region writ large.“This pattern is reminiscent of what we saw in 2007, which means it certainly bears some watching,” says Serreze. Disturbingly, there is far less Arctic sea ice volume in 2019 than there was in 2007; sea ice volume this May was the second lowest for this time of the year on record.Annual Arctic ice melt forms a complicated puzzle for scientists. A complex mix of weather and ice dynamics, including sea and air temperature, ocean currents, solar absorption, cloud cooling, storms and other factors make modeling and forecasting Arctic conditions months or even weeks into the future exceedingly challenging. Photo courtesy of Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist National Ice Center.What is unusual about 2019 is the extremely early extent loss in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas along the Alaskan coast, as well as rapid ice exit out of the Arctic through the Fram Strait east of Greenland. Image courtesy of Universitat Bremen.In 2007, the Arctic Dipole Anomaly lasted throughout spring and summer. But scientists can’t yet predict whether that will be the case this year. As Serreze notes, the last few summers have also been “cyclonic” over the Arctic Ocean. Come July or August, a cooler pattern has kicked in with low pressure systems, protecting the remaining sea ice from the punishing rays of continuous summer sunshine. That effect is essentially the “antithesis” of the dipole anomaly, explains Serreze, and could very well be what saved us from setting a new record low extent the last two Septembers, especially given how fragile things looked at this time of year in 2018.Record Arctic melt is not merely an academic issue. As any climate scientist will tell you, what happens in the Arctic, ultimately, doesn’t stay in the Arctic.Researchers are increasingly certain that the temperature difference between the Arctic and the temperate zone farther south is one of the primary factors that creates and propels the jet stream — a fast-moving river of air in the Northern Hemisphere . But as sea ice vanishes and Arctic temperatures increase, the temperature variant between these regions is getting smaller. That means there’s less force driving the winds in the jet stream from west to east, and the weakened jet stream starts to swing wildly, deviating from its typical polar path into lower latitudes which cause temperate weather patterns to stall in place — bringing punishing bouts of extreme weather.“If you look at it right now, it’s one of the waviest jet streams I’ve ever seen,” says Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, USA, and one of the first researchers to connect the Arctic meltdown with temperate zone extreme weather. Each of those jet stream waves creates atmospheric dynamics, such as low and high pressure systems. This is concerning because a slow-moving jet stream can essentially stall out, with a wave holding its position, causing weather systems to get stuck in one place.Past flooding in the U.S. Midwest. This year’s floods in the Mississippi River basin are among the longest lasting and worst on record. Image by Don Becker / USGS.The Air National Guard sets up sandbag barriers to resist 2019 flooding. Scientists have increasingly found a connection between Arctic warming and ice melt, jet stream fluctuation and extreme weather in the temperate zone. Image by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson / The National Guard on VisualHunt / CC BY“Alaska had one of the warmest winters and springs on record because this big high pressure ridge has been pumping heat up from the south,” Francis says. That ridge is strongly associated with the big ice loss in the Bering Sea this year, which only serves to strengthen it. Meanwhile, California and the Rockies had a very cold, snowy winter and spring because of that same contorted jet stream configuration.The tornadoes in the Midwest this May also could have had their origins in the warming Arctic. Jet stream winds in May shot directly across the midsection of the United States, bringing great amounts of energy from the Pacific Ocean into the Midwest. Here, the cooler winds from the West and North clash with warmer air from the Southeast, breeding severe weather that can lead to twisters. Bomb cyclones, severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and catastrophic flooding in the Mississippi River basin have all possibly been born out of this year’s deeply askew jet stream, according to Francis. “All these extreme events are connected.”A new study earlier this month found that summer heatwaves in the southern United States were far more common in years when Canada’s Hudson Bay experienced reduced sea ice in the spring. Compared to other marginal seas in the Arctic, Hudson Bay “carries the greatest relationship between its sea ice levels in spring and summer and incidence of heatwaves across the United States” due to a strong spring warming over the Labrador region, says Dagmar Budikova, a climatologist at Illinois State University and study lead author.This year, sea ice in Hudson Bay is doing okay. However, it’s not the only driver of weather extremes in the mid-latitudes.It’s impossible to downplay just how important sea ice is for maintaining a stable temperate climate. “As of the last few years, we’re looking at [summer sea] ice cover half as big as it was only 40 years ago,” explains Francis. “It’s a huge, huge change in a very short time. In terms of volume of ice, we’ve seen roughly a 75 percent loss. It’s just staggering.”Whether or not this year ultimately clinches a new annual record for lowest minimum extent in September, focusing only on that statistic is perhaps losing the forest for the trees. Even if 2019 shifts from dipole to cyclonic, with the ice melt pulling out of its precipitous dive, the overarching narrative for the Arctic is still one of spiraling loss.Banner image: Researchers from NASA’s shipborne ICESCAPE mission collect information atop sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. Photo by Kathryn Hansen/NASA.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.As the climate crisis has deepened, economic damage due to extreme weather events as forecast in climate models has dramatically increased. Photo credit: W9NED on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Climate Science, Earth Science, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Monitoring, Oceans And Climate Change, Research, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Science, Sea Ice Article published by Glenn Scherercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Is history repeating itself?

first_imgDear Editor,The Government, in the height of a crime wave, is speaking about too many legal guns being around. It seems that someone misled the President into saying that some legal gun owners rent their weapons to criminals. The way it was put, one gets the impression that the President believes that this is a widespread practice.However, no proof, no examples were offered to substantiate that claim. If the President had made that statement in Parliament, he might have been asked by the Speaker to leave the chambers due to lack of evidence.Persons have already pointed out that every legal weapon has to have had a forensic test by the Police. They keep those records and check them whenever a crime is committed to see if they can find a match from their records.This is widely known. We have had no reports of this phenomenon. Therefore, we may ask why is such a statement being made when there is no case, or at best very, very few?Is this a preparation by the regime to rescind the licences of some persons?When the PPP/C came to office is 1992, it established a system of priority for granting licences. Three categories were identified. Business persons, the reason for this is clear, this group of persons are the main targets for bandits; farmers, to protect their crops and livestock; and Amerindians, this is important for them in their pursuit of hunting.Historically, the PNC, due to their anti-people policies, had denied these groups permission to own their own weapons.Indeed, one of the early moves of the PNC regime, when it took power in 1964, was to take away the shotguns from farmers that an earlier PPP Government had granted.This was seen as racial discrimination, since Indian-Guyanese farmers were the victims of that policy.Now too, at a time when the crime rate is high, this announcement appears to be ominous.The first target would be the suspected PPP/C supporters. Disarming these people would make them even more vulnerable to the criminals. With the knowledge of an unarmed business sector and unarmed farmers, criminals will become emboldened.It is also of interest to note that whenever bandits are captured or killed during robberies, the regime makes statements of condemnation. Recall, too, the riots in the Georgetown Prisons when the Government sent two senior ministers to speak with the prisoners.Contrast that with the attitude towards the victims of crimes. No sympathy has been expressed or no visits have been made by members of the regime.Maybe the criminals have sensed this; that is why when the two bandits were captured in Eccles earlier this week, they were cursing the crowd.Is history repeating itself?Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President ofGuyanalast_img read more

Lionesses thrash Uganda, closer to World Cup

first_imgIt was a cagy and scrappy opening 40 minutes of the tie as the two teams went to the break with Kenya leading 3-0 courtesy of Adhiambo’s penalty.The Kenya Lionesses improved in the second half, playing more fluid rugby and using their speed to open up the Ugandan backline.Okello opened her account with a brilliant try just after the second half had started, Naomi Amuguni doing all the hard work to break from deep in Kenya’s 22 before she offloaded for Okello to fly away on the left and touch down, Kenya going 8-0 up.Adhiambo, easily player of the match in the tie then created Okello’s second of the afternoon when she picked the ball off a maul, drifted away on the right to take away some runners and offloaded for Okello to run under the posts. The conversion was good, Kenya going 15-0 up.Uganda had a chance to draw some points back when they won a penalty inside Kenya’s 22 and elected to go for the kick, but the effort was awry,The Lionesses took the cue and sunk in their third try of the game, Okello playing selflessly to Stacy Atieno to dot down when she ran through under the posts and could have easily touched down for her hattrick.Uganda had another penalty attempt sail wide before they earned a consolation try.But that could not stop Kenya as they went on to command the game, Adhiambo’s try taking the Lionesses 25-5 up. She completed her brace minutes later, withstanding a late tackle from a Ugandan runner to ground her second of the afternoon and Kenya’s fifth.The returning Sheila Chajira then put the icing on the cake with the sixth of the afternoon, skipper Philadelphia Olando dragging some markers along before playing Chajira through with Janet Owino slicing the posts for the conversion.Kenya will face hosts South Africa in the deciding match on Saturday and victory in this tie will assure them of a place in the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Action between Kenya and Uganda during their 2021 Rugby World Cup qualifier in South Africa on August 13, 2019. PHOTO/Rugby AfriqueNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – The national women’s rugby team stepped up their bid to qualify for the 2021 World Cup after winning their second consecutive qualification match with a 37-5 thrashing of Uganda on Tuesday afternoon.Grace Adhiambo was Kenya’s best performer of the afternoon picking 15 points after landing a brace of tries, booting home one penalty and converting one try. Janet ‘Shebesh’ Okello also landed a brace of tries as Kenya ran in six tries to convincingly win the match.last_img read more

Fergie gave Lupita Oscars pep talk

first_img“I was in Row E, so it was good,” said Fergie, stopping for a chat on the red carpet to BBC Radio 5Live.“I had a good seat. I’ve seen most of the stars but didn’t speak to any of them. I spoke to some the night before at a party in Beverley Hills. I was chatting to Lupita [Nyong’o] and wished her all the best and she won,” he added.When he stepped down after 27 years in charge of champions United, Ferguson revealed he had a list of things he wanted to see and do with a trip to the Academy awards, right up there with his cruise around the Scottish Isles.And he treated his wife Lady Cathy, who joined him at the Hollywood bash.“I’m retired and I’ve got time on my hands now,” he said adding, “I spoke to my lawyer and he said, “you must go to the Oscars sometime,” so I got this opportunity.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 4- Film buff and retired Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, gave Lupita Nyong’o a pep talk before she won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role on Monday.According to the Daily Mail, Ferguson revealed he gave a pep talk to Nyong’o before she collected the acclaimed prize of best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in best film winner 12 Years A Slave.last_img read more

Ghana begin latest AFCON bid, Egypt return

first_imgGhana arrived in the port city of Port-Gentil, home of Gabon’s oil industry, on Saturday after the weather delayed their departure from a pre-tournament training camp in Dubai.And Grant, whose team trained on a pitch just outside the new stadium in Port-Gentil on Sunday evening, will hope the late arrival has not set them back at all ahead of their opening match.“It has been very good. The players have showed good spirit, the quality is good. We will be ready for the first game,” he told Ghana’s TV3 ahead of the tournament as he expressed his optimism about their chances.Ghana’s Israeli coach Avram Grant observes team training session in Port-Gentil on January 15, 2017, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon © AFP / Justin TALLIS“We came here to do something good. It’s ok to say we want to win but it would be unprofessional to think we will just get it.”Ghana’s stars of tournaments past, such as Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew — who was mobbed by fans after training in Port-Gentil — are still there and it would be a seismic shock if they lost to Uganda.After all, the Cranes are making their first appearance at the Cup of Nations since 1978, when the tournament was played in Ghana and they lost to the hosts in the final.Much more recently, however, Uganda held Ghana to a 0-0 draw in Tamale in October in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Grant’s side will therefore certainly not underestimate their opponents, who are staying alongside them in the same Port-Gentil hotel.– Giresse on familiar ground –Egypt’s national team take part in a training session in Port-Gentil on January 15, 2017, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon © AFP / Justin TALLISLater on Tuesday, Egypt make their long-awaited return to the Cup of Nations as they meet Mali at the brand-new 20,000-seat venue to the south of the city.Egypt are the record seven-time winners of the competition but have not featured at the Cup of Nations since winning a third consecutive title in Angola in 2010, beating Ghana in the final.Now with Argentine Hector Cuper in charge and Mohamed Salah as their star man, there is hardly anyone left from their last campaign.One man who is still around is veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who celebrated his 44th birthday on Sunday as the Egyptian squad trained in the shadows of the city’s vast oil refinery.The heavy security around the Egypt team was a reminder of their status as an African superpower, although they are likely to have the crowd against them on Tuesday.A large Malian community in Port-Gentil will give their team enthusiastic backing as Alain Giresse’s side look to cause an upset.Gabon is a happy hunting ground for Giresse, who coached their national team with some success for four years and then took Mali to the semi-finals of the last Cup of Nations to be held in the country in 2012.Mali trained for the first time on Sunday morning after a disrupted journey from their pre-tournament base in Morocco.“For us this was just about getting back to work after our somewhat interminable journey to get here, although we are not the only ones in that boat,” said Giresse.“It can always be a little tricky adapting when you arrive at a major tournament.”The France great admitted he has concerns regarding the fitness of several players, including Monaco starlet Adama Traore, who has not trained due to a knee knock.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ghana’s Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew (R) take part in a team training session in Port-Gentil on January 15, 2017, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon © AFP / Justin TALLISPORT-GENTIL, Gabon, Jan 16 – Runners-up two years ago, Ghana start their latest bid to recapture the Africa Cup of Nations crown when they face Uganda in Port-Gentil in Group D on Tuesday.The Black Stars are in Gabon looking to win a fifth Cup of Nations but a first since 1982, and Israeli Avram Grant remains at the helm after leading them to a defeat on penalties against the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final in Equatorial Guinea.last_img read more

Complete list of suspended players for Euro 2016 semi-finals

first_img 4 4 Both Euro 2016 semi-final games are live on talkSPORT (details on how to listen live, here).Wales must play their last four game against Portugal without TWO key players in Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey. Both players picked up their second yellow cards of the competition in the win against Belgium and here is who else is suspended.Mats Hummels (Germany) is out of the semi-final against France. 4 4 William Carvalho (Portugal) is out of the game against Wales.last_img

Arsenal BOOST! Barcelona drop Hector Bellerin interest over £45m price tag

first_img Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin Barcelona have dropped their interest in Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, who is now set to remain at the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to reports in Spain.The 22-year-old Barca academy graduate was tipped for a return to the Nou Camp in the upcoming transfer window.Despite recently signing a new six-year deal with the Gunners, Bellerin had emerged as the Spanish giants’ number transfer target, as they weighed up the possibility of recruiting a new right-back.But their pursuit has now ended with the Catalans baulking at Arsenal’s £45million asking price.The Gunners immediately slapped the big price tag on their star full-back’s head to ward off any interest, with Barca recently stating they would need to sell in order to fund the transfer.Bellerin has become Arsenal’s first-choice right-back after consistently racking up impressive performances over the past few seasons.He has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season and has been a shining light in what has otherwise been a difficult campaign for the north Londoners. 1last_img read more

SavvySource Launches Customized Educational Toy Gift List

first_imgSavvySource, an online parenting site that reviews toys, preschools, camps, and books, and lets parents share activity ideas, will on Wednesday launch a creative way to capitalize on the holiday shopping season. In partnership with a non-profit organization that deals with early childhood education, the web site has put together a quiz that helps parents assess and track the development of their child (aged 2 to 6), and receive a personalized list of recommendations for age appropriate educational toys, books, and activities — all cleverly linked to Amazon via an affiliate code.The quiz, though simple to complete, is long. Very long (it takes about a half hour). Not having any kids of my own, I know nothing of early childhood development, so to test out the site I enlisted the help of my mom — who, as it happens, is an expert in just that. We created a fictional child (based loosely on a real one she works with at her job) and took the quiz. For the most part, though slightly put off by the length, we were impressed by the depth and breadth of the questions it asked. It seemed to ask a lot of the types of things parent should be paying attention to, though it was not without some oddities. There were some duplicate questions (however, the version of the quiz I took was a beta copy, and SavvySource says they are still doing some “minor bug-fixing”) and some strange ones. One of the weirdest asked if my child could “identify and describe the ways that the sun, wind, and rain work.” I’m a college educated 24-year-old, and I have no problem admitting that I have no idea how the sun works (some sort of nuclear reaction, perhaps? That’s as sophisticated as I can get) — or how wind works for that matter (rain I think I could explain to some degree of accuracy). It’s very doubtful that any 2 to 6 year old child could describe how those things operate.When the quiz is completed, SavvySource compiles a “Progress Portrait” and a “Learning Guide” personalized for your child. The former charts your child’s progress in the areas covered by the quiz, and can be updated as your child is able to do new things, while the latter gives personalized toy, book, and activity recommendations. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The recommendations seemed pretty well constructed, and we were impressed by the fact that they included free activity suggestions along with the Amazon-linked toys and books. The downside is that the recommendations are a bit overwhelming — rather than constructing an overall portrait of your child based on the quiz as a whole and giving a handful of recommendations based on your kid’s strongest areas (or those most in need of stimulation), the site gives separate recommendations for each, segmented area of the quiz. The result is an exceptionally long list of product suggestions that feels less personalized than it should be after 30 minutes put into answering quiz questions.One nice touch about the Learning Guide, though, that ties in your quiz answers, is that each recommendation comes with a description of which skills that product helps develop and shows you how your child ranked in those skill areas based on your answers. The site also provides a utility for culling the list into a single “Learning Registry,” which can then be shared with others (friends, relatives, etc. — anyone who may want to buy your child a gift).ConclusionIn the end, SavvySource has come up with a unique and potentially helpful way to make money this holiday season. I give them a lot of credit, as well, for actively promoting educational toys and books for children, which are certainly better than DVDs and video games for developing young minds (and motor skills, social skills, etc.). Including free activity ideas among the product recommendations is a nice touch that makes their service seem less commercially driven and will probably be a hit among parents.At the very least, if the site doesn’t help you find a good holiday gift for your child, the quiz might at least help parents to start thinking about the types of things they should be paying attention to in terms of guaging their child’s development and may give them ideas for things to try working on with their kids (for example, sorting shapes by color). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Working On Versions Of Its Services For Kids

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… stephanie ellen chan 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Beginning next year, Google plans to begin working on versions of several popular products specially created for children aged 12 and younger, a company executive told USA Today. The products most likely to receive kid-friendly versions are the widely-used Google search, YouTube, and Chrome, Google VP Pavni Diwanji told the newspaper. The new effort is a part of Google’s recent child-focused initiative, including a virtual Maker Camp and its code-based Doodle 4 Google competition. With more and more children using Google at school and at home, the search engine giant says that their goals are to keep the Internet safer in hopes that the technology is used in a better way. Of course, it could also face a backlash from parents and others worried that the search giant might mine their children’s data.Photo by jacinta lluch valerocenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Chrome#education#Google#kids#YouTube last_img read more