Daily Orbit – Fast Felix

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    2-6-13: On this episode of the Daily Orbit, Felix Baumgartner was even faster than we thought, a new research facility opens up in Antarctica, and the birds and polar bears are in danger from climate change.

    Emerald Robinson: Felix just keeps getting faster and faster!

    Climate change could kill the birds.

    Climate change could kill the polar bears.

    And doing your part might be more fun than you think on today's Daily Orbit!

    Hello and welcome to the Daily Orbit. I'm Emerald Robinson.

    Who falls faster than Felix Baumgartner? Felix Baumgartner, according to recently released official measurements, Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 843.

    6 mph, or Mach 1.

    25 during his free fall from space on Oct. 14, 2012 which is 10 mph per hour faster than original estimates. Baumgartner set the record for highest jump and became the first man to break the sound barrier as 52 million of us watched live. I just wanna call him Fast Felix.

    And researchers in Antarctica have a new abode. The new Halley VI Research Station replaces the 20 year old Halley V. Built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf, the new station will house up to 70 people in the 9-week Antarctic summer and about 16 in the winter. The new station is capable of withstanding the extreme Antarctic climate and stands tall above the deep annual snowfall. The new station comes 100 years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctica expeditions, and will continue to allow for the research that provide more understanding about our changing climate. Talk about Extreme Makeover Home edition. I'm not sure even Ty would have even been down for that one!

    But you can sign me up for this one! The Center for Economic Policy and Research says Americans need to adopt a European work model to do our part in saving the environment! The policy, which would involve working fewer hours and enjoying longer vacations, will cut carbon emissions by half their projected amounts by 2100. The model? Well, it's simple! Fewer work hours equals less carbon emissions equals less global warming. Over the years Europeans have been reducing work hours, taking more holidays, vacation and leave; Americans? Well, just the opposite! Although they admit that they can't factor in what an American would do during their extra free time that could create carbon emissions, a 10-hour weekly work reduction could curb the projected temperature rise. So come on America! Let's take a break!

    And if you feel like you can't take a break for yourself, do it for the birds! A new study says that many bird species are likely to suffer from future climate change. Researchers say there will need to be enhanced protection for important sites, better management of the wider countryside, and in some cases a need to physically move birds to areas that are more climatically suitable to help them survive. Researchers say that global conservation efforts need to recognize this change and adapt. So take a vacay and move a bird while you're at it.

    And if the birds don't appeal to you, do it for the polar bears! Conservationists say that a single unexpected jump in Arctic warming trends could send some polar bear populations into major decline. So researchers are issuing a call to action for governments with polar bears in their midst, Be ready with a plan for the bears when the worst case scenario happens! Better to think now than in a crisis. They suggest being ready with a "wild bear park model", feeding and releasing the bears when freeze-ups allow the animals to get to their hunting grounds. It ain't going to be cheap, but they say get ready. They have to save the polar bears, they are the best Coca-Cola commercial stars ever!

    And that's it for today's Daily Orbit! Come on America take a break. Save the Earth!