Outdoor Updates: Missing TN hiker found alive after missing for two days

Missing TN hiker found alive after missing for two days

Wallace “Buzz” Carter, 67, went for a hike on Saturday at Beaman Park near Nashville, TN but failed to return home in the evening. Police located Carter’s locked car, which held his cell phone, water and snacks, but found no sign of the hiker. 

More than 100 volunteers and police officials searched for Carter on Sunday and resumed searching for him on Monday morning. He was located just after 10am on Monday by a volunteer searching on an ATV. The hiker was reportedly in good condition and was found on private property close to the park. A source close to Carter told the Tennessean that he lived off of berries from the woods. His sister, Fern Smith, passed along a message from Carter: “I’m so embarrassed, but I’ve been on a three-day retreat with the Lord.” 

Ocean levels are rising faster than originally thought according to UN climate report

A new report by the United Nations warns that oceans are becoming warmer, rising faster than predicted and becoming more acidic, signaling “big trouble” for the health of the planet. The scientists responsible for the report are also warning for the first time that some island nations will become completely uninhabitable due to the climate-related changes impacting the ocean.

The report projects that if our planet’s carbon emissions remain the same, ocean levels will rise between two feet and 43 inches by the end of the century. Our changing oceans impact everything from food security to the strength of hurricanes and tropical storms. Read the full report here: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/home/

The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is getting bigger

As if there wasn’t enough on planet Earth to worry about, astronomers are now reporting that the black hole in the center of the Milky Way, called Sagittarius A*, has been consuming the matter around it at an “unprecedented rate,” according to The Guardian

Scientists have studied the black hole for the past 24 years but have just recently noticed the black hole growing hungrier. “The big question is whether or not the black hole is entering a new phase,” Mark Morris, a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, told The Guardian. Reassuringly, scientists note that the black hole is 26,000 light years away from Earth and poses no danger to the planet we call home. 

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