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How many birds will you spot and identify during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count? Photo: Kay Whatley Grab Binoculars: 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count Needs You (12/18/2017) - World’s Longest-running Wildlife Census Contributes Invaluable Data to Bird Population Research For the 118th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count. Between December 14, 2017 and January 5, 2018, tens of thousands [...]
Gene Autry with Engine No. 12 at Tweetsie. Source: Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock NC. A Little Bit of History: Here Comes Santa Claus (12/14/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor You hear it on the radio throughout the holiday season, in stores while you shop for gifts, and blaring from parade floats. The song, “Here Comes Santa Claus” started with a [...]
The contribution of melting ice in Greenland to sea level rise in New York City (inset). Red indicates the greatest sea level contribution, blue is the smallest to no contribution. A new NASA tool lets users research the contributions of all regions of global land ice to sea levels in 293 port cities. Data image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Google. Photo: Wikimedia Commons NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt (11/28/2017) - By Pat Brennan, NASA Sea Level Portal A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. [...]
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP23 Human Food Insecurity, Malnutrition, Poverty, and Climate Change (11/14/2017) - Emissions from the agriculture sectors are set to increase in the future, further contributing to climate change, unless the world adopts sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food, FAO Director-General José Graziano da [...]
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Danger (11/9/2017) - On Thursday, November 9, 2017, environmental groups responded to new legislation aimed at drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The legislation was proposed by a US Senator Wednesday night. The groups’ statements follow. More information on the [...]
Italy Bans All Animal Circus Acts (11/8/2017) - Italy, with one of the biggest circus industries in the world, today voted to phase out ALL animals in circuses and traveling shows following a vote in the Assembly of the Parliament. Rules for implementation [...]
Left: Greenland topography color coded color-coded from 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level (dark blue) to 4,900 feet above (brown). Right: Regions below sea level connected to the ocean; darker colors are deeper. The tin white line shows the current extent of the ice sheet. Credit: UCI JPL: New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk (11/1/2017) - By Carol Rasmussen, NASA’s Earth Science News Team New maps of Greenland’s coastal seafloor and bedrock beneath its massive ice sheet show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated [...]
Report: Corporate Stranglehold On World’s Food Supply Tightening (10/31/2017) - By Mute Schimpf,  Friends of the Earth Europe New research published on October 31, 2017 shows the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the [...]
Navajo Nation Code Talker David Patterson, Sr. Source: The Navajo Nation Office of the President and VP. Navajo Nation Council Honors The Life of David Earl Patterson, Sr., Navajo Code Talker (10/9/2017) - On Monday, members ofthe 23rd Navajo Nation Council offered their condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker David Earl Patterson, Sr., who passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at the [...]
Tourists in Iceland take on The Hardest Karaoke Song in the World. Source: PRNewsfoto/Inspired by Iceland The Strange-ness: Inspired By Iceland Launches “The Hardest Karaoke Song in the World” (10/9/2017) - Inspired by Iceland, known for its quirky campaigns and warm humor, on October 9, 2017 launched a unique challenge via the “Inspired By Iceland” website for tourists around the world. Harnessing the island’s language, which is [...]
Source: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons Summit, Flint, Michigan Flint Water Summit Participants Vow to End Nestlé’s Water Takings (10/6/2017) - Sixteen water protector groups along with local residents, Indigenous representatives and activists attended the Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons in Flint this past weekend, September 29-30, 2017. Attendees pledged to challenge Nestlé’s [...]
Scotland Bans Fracking (10/3/2017) - Responding to the October 3, 2017 by Scotland, a statement was released by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe: “Today, Scotland’s government banned fracking, acknowledging what the science [...]
The Caspian Sea as seen from the International Space Station in 2015. Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA Johnson Space Center Study Finds Caspian Sea Evaporating as Temperatures Rise (8/31/2017) - Earth’s largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly [...]
The Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens Over Contaminated Eggs (8/21/2017) - By Brent Cox, Mercy for Animals More than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, [...]
Research scientist Dr. Rebecca Bishop, left, and design engineer Steve Bielat of The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, test a sensor set to fly on the joint American and Brazilian SPORT Cubesat mission to study disruptive phenomena in Earth's upper atmosphere Credits: The Aerospace Corporation Joint NASA-Brazil SPORT CubeSat Mission Planned (8/3/2017) - Mission Will Unlock Complex Equatorial Phenomena, Lay Groundwork for Better Space Weather Prediction By Molly Porter, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama NASA and a team of Brazilian space researchers have announced a joint CubeSat mission [...]
Four Paws mission completed photo copyright: Ahu Savan An (CNW Group/FOUR PAWS) The Last Animals Evacuated from a “War Zone” Zoo near Aleppo  (7/31/2017) - A happy ending for the remaining zoo animals from Syria: the international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS, together with the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkish volunteers and security experts, has managed to evacuate [...]
Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). Asteroid’s Earth Flyby will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network (7/29/2017) - By DC Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach [...]
Photo by celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill available from ArtStar via The Rolling Stones outside St. George's Church in Hanover Square, London, January 17, 1964. Clockwise from bottom left: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). Source: PRNewsfoto/ Rare Rolling Stones Photos on the Auction Block (7/20/2017) - On July 19, 2017, online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing iconic photography of music legends, the Rolling Stones, to art collectors and music lovers alike. Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest [...]
Source: Thousands Call For Collapsing Iceberg to be Renamed “#ExxonKnew” (7/11/2017) - Anticipated Antarctic Larsen C Iceberg Collapse Should Bear the Name of Exxon’s Climate Deception By Lindsay Meiman, Over ten thousand people around the world are calling for the Larsen C Iceberg to be renamed the “#ExxonKnew Iceberg.” [...]
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation logo Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Adopted (7/7/2017) - Negotiations Conclude at United Nations and Treaty will Open for Signatures in September 2017 By Sandy Jones and Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation More than 120 countries gathered at the United Nations and today [...]
Schematic diagram illustrating a slope failure on a continental margin caused by either a local or distant earthquake, similar to a terrestrial landslide. On the upper part of the continental margin near the shallow continental shelf, shaking from the earthquake dislodges loose sediment, which flows downhill and entrains sea water, becoming more fluid and more turbulent. This chaotic motion of fluid within the sediment flow sustains the turbidity current, which can flow for hundreds of kilometers once it reaches the deep abyssal plain. Credit: NOAA Distant Earthquakes Can Cause Underwater Landslides (6/28/2017) - By Kelsey Simpkins (American Geophysical Union) and Michelle Ma (University of Washington) New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs. Researchers analyzing data from [...]
The different layers of Earth’s airglow can be seen from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. The very thin green layer above the bottom of the window occurs 95 kilometers (59 miles) above Earth’s surface; the red region above is a different type of airglow. The rectangle represents the portion of the airglow measured in a single WINDII image. (NASA) Scientists Solve Mystery of Unexplained “Bright Nights” (6/22/2017) - By Lauren Lipuma, Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of “bright nights,” when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, [...]
This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space. Credits: NASA NASA Prepares for Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse with Live Coverage, Safety Information (6/21/2017) - By Dwayne Brown/Laurie Cantillo (NASA HQ) and Karen Fox (Goddard Space Flight Center) For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing [...]
Tropical rainfall may increase more than previously thought as the climate warms. Credit: teresaaaa, CC BY-ND 2.0. NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected (6/9/2017) - Written by Carol Rasmussen (NASA’s Earth Science News Team), Alan Buis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth’s tropical regions [...]
Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). NC Governor Joins US Governors, Cities, and Businesses to say “We Are Still In” on Reducing Pollution (6/6/2017) - By Ford Porter, Office of the Governor, Joining other Governors, Mayors, colleges and universities, and businesses, Governor Roy Cooper declared that North Carolina will continue efforts to reduce pollution in support of the global Paris [...]
Some of the historical records the study authors consulted to create a historical database of climate reports published with the article. These records provide evidence of the arrival of the Black Death in Europe as well as evidence of the decline of mining because of it. Credit: Alexander More, Harvard University and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. Study Finds Human Activity Has Polluted European Air for 2000 Years (6/5/2017) - By Lauren Lipuma, American Geophysical Union A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands [...]
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Increasing Food Production without Damaging the Environment is Key (5/30/2017) - United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General Addresses European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development By Malene ArboeRasmussen, FAO-Brussels To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, [...]
NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland Rink Glacier in western Greenland, with a meltwater lake visible center.This animation shows a solitary wave passing through Rink Glacier, Greenland, in 2012. This animation shows a solitary wave passing through Rink Glacier, Greenland, in 2012, recorded by the motion of a GPS station (circle with arrow). Darker colors within the flow indicate mass loss, red colors show mass gain. The star marks the center of the wave. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland (5/25/2017) - Written by Carol Rasmussen (NASA Earth Science News Team), Alan Buis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) A new NASA study finds that during Greenland’s hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the [...]