3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Runway Grandmas
In Russia, a so-called “fashion gap” has given rise to an emerging industry facet featuring seniors Sky News reports.
Irina, a 69 year-old icon of Russian fashion, is represented by the world’s sole modeling agency for senior citizens. The agency, known as Olddushka, takes its handle from the Russian word babushka meaning grandmother.
Agency founder and professional photographer, Igor Gavar began blog posting gloss-shots of aging Russian women before a lingerie shoot modeling a grandmother of three brought international attention.
Company mission at Olddushka Agency: challenge global perception of beauty by proving pensioners can be top models too.
NATIONWIDE – Surf by Night
Growing numbers of surfers have shifted their wave riding to the night, reports CBS News.
The more than two million estimated surfers in the U.S. is leading to congestion at some surf spots, encouraging wave warriors to wait until after dark. But while avoiding surf-line gridlock, surfers also risk encounters with underwater creatures, some known to be more active at night. Recent monitoring reports increase of shark sightings along the California coastline, a risk riders say that accompanies the thrill.
Experts say wetsuit warriors have been quietly night surfing for decades until, in 2011, the sport got a social media boost.
Off Maui’s north shore, Australian pro surfer Mark Visser conquered one of the world’s fiercest waves — nicknamed “Jaws” — at night.
Increased public notice also creates comercial opportunity. The latest accessory to hit Surf industry? Boards featuring waterproof, LED lighting.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Disappearing Dall
Dall sheep populations are showing signs of decline, according ADN’s Rick Sinnott.
Warmer summers may be reducing quality of forage, particularly for ewes, who tend to be restricted to steep terrain during lambing and early lamb-rearing.
That climate change may be affecting quantity and quality of Alaska’s Dall sheep habitat is a hypothesis tested by Tom Lohuis, a wildlife research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Roman Dial, a professor at Alaska Pacific University.
In a 2016 article in the journal Global Change Biology, Dial reported that lower edge of alpine tundra in the Chugach and Kenai mountains had shifted upward about 150 to 275 feet in elevation, respectively, in less than 50 years. He found retreating tundra correlated with rising growing-season temperatures.
Pinched between advancing shrubs and either barren rocks or mountaintops, alpine tundra has nowhere to go, likened to an inch’s reduction around a pie rim. Such relatively small adjustments in shrub line can result in substantial losses of alpine habitat.
If the shrub line continues to advance uphill and sheep forage has a lower protein content due to warmer summers, reports Sinnott, it may be a while before the sheep population rebounds.