Climate change isn't pretty.
Land ice: We got a lot of it.
Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6 million square miles combined ... yeah, we're talkin' a lot of ice.
But what if it was all just ... gone? Not like gone gone, but melted?
If all of earth's land ice melted, it would be nothing short of disastrous.
And that's putting it lightly.
This video by Business Insider Science (seen below) depicts exactly what our coastlines would look like if all the land ice melted. And spoiler alert: It isn't great.
Lots of European cities like, Brussels and Venice, would be basically underwater.
In Africa and the Middle East? Dakar, Accra, Jeddah — gone.
Millions of people in Asia, in cities like Mumbai, Beijing, and Tokyo, would be uprooted and have to move inland.
South America would say goodbye to cities like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
And in the U.S., we'd watch places like Houston, San Francisco, and New York City — not to mention the entire state of Florida — slowly disappear into the sea.
All GIFs via Business Insider Science/YouTube.
Business Insider based these visuals off National Geographic's estimation that sea levels will rise 216 feet (!) if all of earth's land ice melted into our oceans.
There's even a tool where you can take a detailed look at how your community could be affected by rising seas, for better or worse.
Although ... looking at these maps, it's hard to imagine "for better" is a likely outcome for many of us.
Take, for instance, the West Coast. (Goodbye, San Fran!)
Or the East Coast. (See ya, Philly!)
And the Gulf Coast. (RIP, Bourbon Street!)
I bring up the topic not just for funsies, of course, but because the maps above are real possibilities.
How? Climate change.
As we continue to burn fossil fuels for energy and emit carbon into our atmosphere, the planet gets warmer and warmer. And that, ladies and gentlemen, means melted ice.
A study published this past September by researchers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany found that if we don't change our ways, there's definitely enough fossil fuel resources available for us to completely melt the Antarctic ice sheet.
Basically, the self-inflicted disaster you see above is certainly within the realm of possibility.
"This would not happen overnight, but the mind-boggling point is that our actions today are changing the face of planet Earth as we know it and will continue to do so for tens of thousands of years to come," said lead author of the study Ricarda Winkelmann, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
If we want to stop this from happening," she says, "we need to keep coal, gas, and oil in the ground."
The good news? Most of our coastlines are still intact! And they can stay that way, too — if we act now.
Check out Business Insider's video below:
This article originally appeared on 12.08.15
Jimmy Fallon asked his viewers if they've ever been caught red-handed. Here are 15 of the best responses.
You can’t lie about it, you can’t take it back, all you can do is pray for forgiveness.
There is nothing worse than being caught in the act when you're up to no good. You can't lie about it, you can't take it back, all you can do is pray for forgiveness.
"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon asked his viewers if they had ever been caught red-handed and their responses on Twitter were hilarious.
Here are 15 of the funniest and/or most embarrassing Tweets.
Called in sick to work one day. Saw one of my students at the beach. We nodded as we both realized we were skipping my class. #IGotCaught— Perkinskiii 💭 (@thatdrunkfeller) February 15, 2017
sent a sext to my husband... forgot his mom was in a group chat lol #igotcaught— Christin Hughes (@christinmhughes) February 16, 2017
#IGotCaught looking up a guy's info on a college computer. Heard his voice behind me telling me how to correctly spell his last name.— Julie W (@auntgirl) February 15, 2017
I called off sick to go to a music festival. The next day my boss said "next time don't stand in the front row." I was on tv #IGotCaught— Unknown (@notsogoodITguru) February 15, 2017
I went to a sex shop with my wife for the first time, the store assistant greeted me with: "nice to see you again!" #IGotCaught— Slemp (@leonardo_grossi) February 15, 2017
I snuck out at age 15 to go to a drinking party. The door bell rang, I answered the door, there stood my mom #IGOTCAUGHT— Complex Simply (@ComplexSimply4u) February 15, 2017
#igotcaught when my boss caught me dozing off at my desk,I raised my head slowly&said "Amen".— Seabow (@CristySeabow) February 15, 2017
on a first date and sent a text to what I thought was my buddy saying "this date is awful SOS"...sent it to her #igotcaught— Luke Taylor (@statboyslim) February 15, 2017
Parents found out my bro threw a house party after finding the wifi password pinned up evrywhere.His excuse,"I forgot it..a lot" #IGotCaught— Chloe Pacocha (@AwesomepossumCP) February 16, 2017
This article originally appeared on February 14, 2017
The man calls himself a shed hunter.
For those not well versed in moose facts, the shedding of antlers is normally a fairly lengthy process. It happens only once a year after mating season and usually consists of a moose losing one antler at a time.
It’s incredibly rare for a bull moose to lose both at the same time—and even more rare that someone would actually catch it on film.
That’s why shed hunter (yes, that’s a real term) and woodsman Derek Burgoyne calls his footage of the phenomenon a “one-in-a-million” shot.
According to The Guardian, Burgoyne was flying his drone through a remote patch of forest in Canada when he spotted three moose in a clearing. His drone followed one of the bulls, who began doing the wobbly little shake thing that signals these antlers are going bye-bye.
Burgoyne knew he had to keep his camera on the moment—but he had no idea that he’d hit the jackpot.
It’s hard to tell which is more fun to watch— the super rare moment in nature or Burgoyne’s pure passion for his hobby.
“I shook a little bit. It was an adrenaline rush for sure,“ he told CBC News, sharing that he has previously found hundreds of shed antlers in his life.
Antler hunting has become a hot and profitable pastime over the past few years, although Burgoyne affirms that his shed hunting ambitions are born from a desire for well-being, not monetary gain.
“I enjoy being in the woods. It’s great exercise and it’s fun tracking the moose through the winter and looking for their sheds in the spring. Each one you find feels like the first one. It never gets old,” he told The Guardian.
Well Derek Burgoyne, thank you for doing what you love. Thanks to your passion, we too can share this once-in-a-lifetime moment. Here’s to good moose news!
This article originally appeared on 1.20.23
Sabrina Benaim eloquently describes what it's like to be depressed.
Sabrina Benaim's “Explaining My Depression to My Mother" is pretty powerful on its own.
Misconception #1: Depression is triggered by a single event or series of traumatic events.
Depression isn’t just over sleeping.
Most people think depression is triggered by a traumatic event: a loved one dying, a job loss, a national tragedy, some THING. The truth is that depression sometimes just appears out of nowhere. So when you think that a friend or loved one is just in an extended bad mood, reconsider. They could be suffering from depression.
Misconception #2: People with depression are only sad.
The obligation of anxiety.
Most people who have never experienced depression think depression is just an overwhelming sadness. In reality, depression is a complex set of feelings and physical changes in the body. People who suffer from depression are sad, yes, but they can also be anxious, worried, apathetic, and tense, among other things.
Misconception #3: You can snap out of it.
Making fun plans not wanting to have fun.
The thing with depression is that it's a medical condition that affects your brain chemistry. It has to do with environmental or biological factors first and foremost. Sabrina's mother seems to think that if her daughter would only go through the motions of being happy that then she would become happy. But that's not the case. Depression is a biological illness that leaks into your state of being.
Think of it this way: If you had a cold, could you just “snap out of it"?
Mom doesn’t understand.
These are only three of the misconceptions about depression. If you know somebody suffering from depression, you should take a look at this video here below to learn the best way to talk to them:
This article originally appeared on 11.24.15
A text directed to the wrong person brought two families together in a very heartwarming way.
What happens when the proudest moment of a parent's life is also the strangest?
Just ask Mark and Lindsey Lashley from Georgia.
On March 19, they welcomed their first child Cason, a healthy baby boy, into the world. Nothing out of the ordinary there.
Then Cason's grandmother decided to send a text to family members about her newest bundle of joy. Again, nothing unusual there either.
But when that text went to a stranger named Dennis Williams, and he decided to join in on the celebration, things became even more interesting. Check out the exchange below.
The group text that started it all.
Photo from Deorick Williams's Facebook page.
And just like that, the Williams brothers arrived at the hospital with gifts and well-wishes for the new mom and dad.
The following note from the Lashley family was posted on Williams' Facebook page praising the brothers' kindness and generosity for providing a small token to a family they didn't even know a few hours beforehand.
The best sentiment from the Lashleys:
"If we all only had this kind of heart.”
This hilarious and heartwarming story is going viral for all the right reasons.
Plenty of stats and polls point to a depressing truth: Our world is becoming more and more divided by racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural lines.
But it's easy to forget just how far we've come:
Two random black dudes showed up in the hospital room of a white family to provide gifts and love to their newborn baby, and the Internet universally loved it. That, in itself, is an epic feat.
These families will be connected forever due to a random act of kindness that warmed the hearts of millions.
Not to mention, when baby Cason grows up, his parents will have one amazing birth story to share with him.
But first, let's share this great story with everyone who needs a smile.
This article was originally published on 3.22.16
It's almost as if the numbers on the scale don't mean anything at all.
Adrienne Osuna is a fitness blogger with a focus on weight training. After years of struggling with her weight, this mother of four finally got serious about her health, adopting a rigorous schedule of power lifting, cardio, and intermittent fasting to lose weight, gain muscle, and kick ass.
And while her personal regimen might be a little too ambitious for most of us, she's still inspiring—because she keeps it real.
An image she posted on her blog is going viral for pointing out that focusing on your weight is a misleading goal. The before-and-after pic shows her before she started lifting and after—a complete physical transformation which resulted in a staggering one pound of weight loss.
After she went viral she made another Instagram post revealing she was actually a pound heavier in the after photo. Unfortunately, that post has since been made private.
She would later explain that she felt it was important to reclaim her image because it had been used in advertisements for weight loss products, and that's not what she's about.
"But I DID NOT use anyone's products to do this," she wrote in a post which since been made private. "This was all hard work in the gym lifting heavy weights and intermittent fasting.
Kudos to Ms. Osuna for getting the word out—fitness isn't about a number, it's about having awesome muscles you could use to punch a hole through a plaster wall.