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Pardew has Eagles soaring

first_imgFor the second weekend running Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon rescued Crystal Palace to secure a significant victory at Burnley. Press Association The former Newcastle manager has got two of his attacking players scoring and, if he manages the same trick with on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who made his debut, he can expect to see his side climb even further away from the relegation zone than the four points they now are. It will be a different story for Burnley, just a point above the bottom three, if they continue to pass up such opportunities as this. They have not won back-to-back home league games since April when they were in the Championship and defeat ended a three-match unbeaten spell in the league. Tennis season seemed a long way off in snowy Lancashire, but two disputed line calls were involved in Burnley, extending their own Premier League record by naming an unchanged side for the eighth consecutive match, taking a 2-0 lead. Kieran Trippier’s corner may have been taken from outside the quadrant, but that would not have contributed to Joe Ledley’s inability to mark Mee, who lost his man to head home at the far post from barely a yard out. The second was more hotly contested as Joel Ward tried to shepherd Mee’s clearance into touch only for Scott Arfield to muscle the full-back out of the way, keep the ball in play – despite Palace protestations – and slide a pass inside for Ings to charge through the middle and slot past Julian Speroni. Pardew’s decision to swap over his wingers paid off when Wilfried Zaha’s pace helped him beat two markers and, although James McArthur’s effort was blocked by the seemingly omnipresent Mee, the rebound was drilled home by Gayle. It was Palace’s first away goal in 453 minutes, since Mile Jedinak’s effort at Swansea on November 29. The pair both scored in the come-from-behind win over Tottenham seven days ago and repeated the feat at Turf Moor as the Eagles recovered from being 2-0 down after 16 minutes to seal a 3-2 success. Burnley appeared to be coasting after Ben Mee and Danny Ings struck in quick succession, but they were pegged back before Gayle’s second three minutes from time extended Alan Pardew’s unbeaten run since he took over at Selhurst Park. Zaha was enjoying more success the right, but Sanogo, despite holding up the ball well, was given few opportunities, with his best coming from the last action of the first half with a header hooked over by Arfield. Burnley’s inactivity for Palace’s equaliser three minutes after the interval was inexcusable, however. Puncheon picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, but was allowed to turn and run 25 yards unchallenged and he took full advantage to beat Tom Heaton with a low shot just inside the goalkeeper’s right-hand post. The momentum was all with the visitors now and, although Michael Keane’s volley was cleared off the line by McArthur, substitute Glenn Murray hit a post before Heaton was beaten by Gayle’s angled shot late on. last_img read more

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In a rare case of river piracy climate change is the culprit

first_imgScientists say they can pinpoint a day in May of 2016 when the water levels in the Slims River dramatically dropped. (Photo by Dan Shugar/University of Washington Tacoma)Scientists are pointing to climate change as the reason a river that used to feed into the Yukon has nearly disappeared.Listen nowA report published in Nature Geoscience on Monday said it’s the first documented case of river piracy in modern times — linked to the planet heating up. River piracy is when one river steals the flow of another.Scientists knew the Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada was shrinking. But they didn’t expect it to cause a nearby lake to almost vanish. At least, not so quickly.“Nobody’s documented this as basically occurring under our noses,” Shugar said.Dan Shugar researches how landforms evolve at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Last fall, he set out with his colleagues to study the Slims River. It’s fed by a series of ponds at the front of the Kaskawulsh Glacier.When he arrived, Shugar said he expected the river’s current to be low.“But as it turned out is was essentially no flow,” Shugar said. “So we couldn’t actually put our instruments in the water it was so shallow.”Shugar didn’t spend the remainder of his time in Canada kicking back. His new mission became figuring out what happened to the Slims River.The body of water used to flow into the Kluane Lake and eventually into the Yukon River, which empties into the Bering Sea. But because of glacier melt, that water redirected.“The Kaskawulsh River essentially stole all of that water that would have otherwise flowed into the Slims River,” Shugar said. “So it pirated that flow. It captured that flow.”Now that water goes from the Kaskawulsh River to the Alsek River and all the way to the Gulf  of Alaska.Shugar said, due to the circumstances, this particular situation is unique. Still, the rapid pace at which it occurred serves as an important reminder.“Climate change is happening and it’s happening here,” Shugar said. “So we need to be keeping in mind that we may get thrown a few curve balls moving forward.”So while the Kaskawulsh River was the pirate, Shugar said human-caused climate change is ultimately to blame.last_img read more

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