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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 31, 2014

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It’s Monday! Welcome to your week. Grab your morning coffee and catch up on a few recent headlines.

Bad News: The Global Climate Change is Only Going to Get Worse
According to a recent report from a United Nations group (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that studies climate science), the harsh effects of the earth’s climate change is only going to get worse. The report concludes that the ice caps are melting, heat waves and heavy storms are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, Arctic sea ice is lessening, and certain sea life is going extinct. If we go by this report, climate change will definitely affect the oceans, but will it directly affect us? The answer is yes. Photo: New York Times


43-Year-Old Man Swept Out to Sea During His Baptism
Actually, three people were swept out to sea yesterday during a baptism ceremony at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve located in the county of Santa Barbara, California. Of those three people, two were able to struggle back to shore–the third man, still unidentified–has not been located. So far, strong rip currents seem to be the cause of this situation. Search and rescue teams made up of local fire departments, the Coast Guard, and a fleet of rescue helicopters are still searching as of this morning. Photo: Santa Maria Times


Stephen Colbert Battles Twitter Backlash
Actor Stephen Colbert got a nasty taste of his own medicine when a joke he made on his show wasn’t looked upon too kindly by the Twitterverse. His observational joke was meant to be satirical, but when Comedy Central tweeted out of its larger context, many folks were outraged, prompting a backlash with the hashtag #CancelColbert. Colbert himself tweeted back from his personal account, saying, “I agree! I share your rage. Who is that though?” referring to fact that his show is done in character. It’s a fine line when your mockumentary news show blurs lines with reality. Photo: Yahoo

And one more thing…


We Need to Be More Like This Two-legged Dog Frolicking at the Beach
This doggie on two legs has nothing to complain about, and neither should you.

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