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Our Hot, Hot Future is Coming Sooner Than You Might Think

New climate research says 2047 is a key year. “If greenhouse emissions continue their steady escalation, temperatures across most of the earth will rise to levels with no recorded precedent by the middle of this century, researchers said Wednesday. Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005. To put it another way, for a given geographic area, ‘the coldest year in the future will be warmer than the hottest year in the past,’ said Camilo Mora, the lead scientist on a paper published in the journal Nature.” (NYT

Malala Leads Shortlist for Tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize Announcement

Smart money is on Malala. “Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who took on the Taliban, and Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege are among the top contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Favorites also include Russian activists Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Svetlana Gannushkina and Lilya Shibanova as well as Mary Tarcisia Lakot, a Ugandan nun, according to bookmakers and researchers. Myanmar President Thein Sein, U.S. researcher Gene Sharp and imprisoned U.S. soldier Bradley Manning have also been mentioned as potential winners of the prize that will be announced tomorrow in Oslo.” (Bloomberg

 US Cuts Egypt Aid Amid Crackdown

The long alliance is reaching a breaking point. “Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity announced the official dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that backed former president Mohamed Morsi, making membership in the Brotherhood effectively illegal. Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official said the Obama administration is preparing to announce curbs on a significant part of the $1.3 billion in military aid it allocates annually to Egypt, an important shift in relations with a key Middle East ally.” (WaPo