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This World Heritage Site in Japan Is One of the Snowiest Places on the Planet

The “bomb cyclone” dumped more than a foot of snow on most of New England last week. But this storm paled in comparison to what happens every year in Shirakawa-go, Japan. While some in the United States may be familiar with “lake effect” snow, the phenomenon is amplified in Japan, where there’s “ocean effect” snow. Weather patterns blow from Siberia across the (relatively warm) Sea of Japan, creating clouds with lots of moisture. When these clouds enter the higher altitudes of the Japanese Alps, they dump out all the precipitation they’ve built…

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Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

David Attenborough’s underwater documentary series Blue Planet II was the most-watched TV show of 2017. The 29 October episode – the first of the series – attracted more than 14 million viewers to BBC One. Blue Planet II occupied the top four slots in the end-of-year top 10. Strictly Come Dancing was the second most popular show, followed by I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, the One Love Manchester concert, Broadchurch and Britain’s Got Talent. The One Love concert was held to raise money for victims of the…

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Fragile masculinity is harming the planet

It’s official. The apparent need of too many men to demonstrate their manly status to the world and continuously reassure themselves that they are not little girly-girls, is harming the planet.  According to an article published last month in Scientific American, research involving 7 experiments with over 2000 US and Chinese participants, has found that men may be avoiding eco-friendly behaviours due to a perceived association between femininity and the environment.   “Scientists are now positing that ‘gender-identity maintenance’ may be the key to men embracing eco-friendly lifestyles.” Photo: Stocksy Worse, it’s apparently possible…

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Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

The BBC’s Blue Planet II programme is to become its first TV series to be made available in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour via its iPlayer catch-up service. All seven episodes of the marine-themed show are being made available to UK-based owners of select TVs. Until now, the BBC had only released programmes in this format via ultra-high definition (UHD) Blu-ray discs. Netflix and Amazon already stream some of their shows in 4K and HDR. The BBC suggested that owners of compatible screens should enjoy “the spectacular…

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The Warm Up with The Two Mikes – Sunday, November 19: Planet Porky

Listen to the latest Two Mikes podcast Monday, November 20, 2017 Listen to the latest Two Mikes podcast, as Mike Graham and Mike Parry return for more madness and mayhem on the talkSPORT airwaves! On Sunday night’s show, Emgee and Porky talk the end of the world (maybe), the managerial merry-go-round and chat to Harry Redknapp. Plus, there’s the latest edition of the Porky Quiz and Mike Parry gets all preachy in the latest Porky Sermon. Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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Blue Planet II beats Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor

The opening episode of Blue Planet II won the TV ratings battle on Sunday evening – beating both Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor. The documentary series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was watched by an average of 10.3 million live viewers. The Strictly Come Dancing results show, broadcast just before Blue Planet II, attracted an average of 9.6 million viewers. Sunday evening’s X Factor was seen by 4.3 million live viewers on average. The figures for all shows will increase when viewers watching catch up services like iPlayer…

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Blue Planet II: 22 things to know about the new series

A year after the epic Planet Earth II, Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens with a follow-up to 2004’s Blue Planet. No spoilers, but we’ve seen the first episode and as sequels go we can confirm it’s better than Sex And The City 2. We’ve also been to the press conference and spoken to some of the team behind the new series. Here are 22 things you need to know about Blue Planet II – complete with behind-the-boat info and what you can expect from the first episode….

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