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More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study. Credit: CC0 Public Domain. Climate Change Could Increase ER Visits for Allergy-related Asthma (5/11/2017) - By Nanci Bompey, American Geophysical Union More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new [...]
UN, Partners Warn 108 Million People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide (3/31/2017) - Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a United Nations-backed report on food [...]
NASA coral reef studies in Hawaii this winter will help scientists understand this unique environment. Credit: NOAA NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii’s Coral Reefs (3/27/2017) - Written by Carol Rasmussen (NASA) with Alan Buis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs. Besides [...]
Extreme waves crashing on Chesil Beach in Dorset in southern England on February 5, 2014. A new study finds find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Image credit: Richard Broome. Increase in Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities (3/14/2017) - By Nanci Bompey (American Geophysical Union) and Jolanta Zubrickaite (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission) Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions [...]
Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson, Arizona. Report to UN: Pesticides Causing ‘Catastrophic’ Harms to People, Environment (3/8/2017) - By Nathan Donley, Center for Biological Diversity A new report presented today to the United Nations human rights council finds that the chronic overuse of pesticides across the world has caused “catastrophic” harms to human [...]
Researchers use ski lifts to carry equipment to sample air on the summit of Mount Bachelor. In this image, a radon sensor travels to the peak. Credit: Dan Jaffe/University of Washington Bothell. “The Blob” of Abnormal Conditions Boosted Western US Ozone Levels (2/17/2017) - By Lauren Lipuma (American Geophysical Union) and Hannah Hickey (University of Washington) An unusually warm patch of seawater off the US West Coast in late 2014 and 2015, nicknamed “the blob,” had cascading effects up and down [...]
First Commercial Flying Car announced in The Netherlands. Source: PAL-V International B.V. Ready to Fly a Car? (2/13/2017) - The First Flying Car Company to Start Selling its Commercial Models The first commercial flying car in the world is now a fact. Flying car manufacturer PAL-V, based in The Netherlands, has officially started sales [...]
The research ship M/V Cape Race on Greenland's northwest coast during OMG's survey of the seafloor. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss (2/11/2017) - By Carol Rasmussen, NASA Earth Science News Team Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase [...]
Yemen Raid Killed Scores of Civilians (2/2/2017) - An attack on a village in Yemen ordered by President Trump on Sunday, January 29, 2017, caused the death of a newborn baby, alongside as many as 23 civilians, human rights organization Reprieve has discovered. [...]
Haiti Struggles with Debt ‎and Hurricane Matthew Recovery (1/13/2017) - Haiti’s debt approaches $2 billion dollars as it recovers from Hurricane Matthew and remembers the devastating earthquake that shattered the country seven years ago. After the 2010 earthquake, most of Haiti’s debt was wiped out following [...]
Zera™ Food Recycler design may turn food waste into fertilizer for the garden much faster than compost. Additive packs and filters are required. An IndieGoGo campaign is raising funds. Source: Whirlpool Corp. Zera™ Food Recycler Turns Kitchen Scraps into Fertilizer in 24 Hours (1/13/2017) - Online Crowdfunding Campaign by Whirlpool Corporation Includes Pre-sales On January 6, 2017, Whirlpool Corporation announced the release of the Zera™ Food Recycler, a state-of-the-art kitchen appliance that turns today’s food waste into tomorrow’s fertilizer. This is the [...]
Three new NASA field research campaigns get underway around the world this year and nine continue fieldwork to give scientists a deeper understanding of how our home planet works. Credits: NASA. NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork (1/13/2017) - By Steve Cole (NASA HQ), Patrick Lynch (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and Karen Northon (Ed.) NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 — from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific [...]
Still shot of the dolphin seismic blasting map. Source: Six Pending Seismic Surveys Denied Permits (1/6/2017) - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Denies Atlantic Seismic Geophysical and Geological Permits By Connie Gillette, BOEM The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the denial of six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to [...]
Prince William conservation organization announces honorees for Tusk Wildlife Gala 2017. Source: Tusk USA, New York NY. Prince William conservation organization announces honorees for Tusk Wildlife Gala 2017 (1/5/2017) - By Ellen C. O’Connell, Tusk USA The African wildlife conservation organization, Tusk USA, whose Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William announced plans for the 2017 Tusk Wildlife Gala yesterday. The Gala will [...]
New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety Electromagnetic forceTracking firefighters in the fieldTracking firefighter safety New technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can locate firefighters wearing a backpack-sized device. Engineers are working to shrink the device to fit in a pocket. Image Credit: Paul Wedig/DHS-Science and Technology Directorate. Source: Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety (12/20/2016) - By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory In 1999, six career firefighters lost their lives responding to a five-alarm fire. They were part of a group of 73 dispatched to a smoke-filled warehouse in Worcester, Massachusetts. Lost [...]
A ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in a 2015 photo (not during the Aldrin evacuation). Credit: Mike Lucibella, National Science Foundation. Patient Evacuated from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (12/1/2016) - National Science Foundation Evacuates Buzz Aldrin By Peter West, National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to provide a humanitarian medical evacuation flight for an ailing visitor from its Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station [...]
Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to the Earth’s center of mass, according to a new study. Credit: Hans Braxmeier via Wikimedia Commons. The Strange-ness: Study Finds that Australia Shifts with the Seasons (11/11/2016) - By Daniel Garisto, American Geophysical Union Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to the Earth’s center of mass, according to a new study. The findings could [...]
Source: Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson, Arizona. From Standing Rock to Morocco: Panels to Explore International Movement to Halt Fossil Fuel Extraction (11/8/2016) - ‘Keep It in the Ground’ Events Feature Activists From Around World Released by Jean Su (, Morocco) and Patrick Sullivan (, US) Two panel discussions at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakesh will explore [...]
Source: Carly Weilminster, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring NC. Polk County Equestrian Center to Host FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018 (11/4/2016) - Potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with over $400 million dollars of projected economic impact and 500,000 spectators over the 14-day September 2018 event Released by Carly Weilminster On November 3, [...]
Source: SKUNKLOCK LLC. SkunkLock Poised to Deliver World’s First Deterrent Bike Lock (10/24/2016) - When a Thief Tries to Break It, a Potent, Stinking Formula Escapes From the Lock Released by Daniel P. Idzkowski, Skunklock LLC SkunkLock, the creators of the world’s first deterrent bike lock, achieved its funding goal via IndieGoGo [...]
Table of Contents of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report 2016. US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Releases Its First Annual Report (10/21/2016) - The United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking unveiled its first annual report on October 18, 2016. The full Report may be accessed on, under the heading, “U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report [...]
Source: Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre, Peru. 10,000 Titicaca Frogs Dead in Peru, Sewage Observed in Area (10/21/2016) - SERFOR reports the deaths of more than 10,000 frogs in Coata River in Puno On October 14, 2016, the Technical Administration of Forestry and Wildlife (ATFFS) in Puno, Pero, acted immediately after receive an alert about the [...]
UK Government Adopts US Principles on Secret Drone War (10/20/2016) - The British Government has adopted some of the key principles of the US covert drone programme, a response to MPs published on October 19, 2016, shows. Responding to questions from the Joint Committee on Human [...]
President Obama Issues Policy Directive on Cuba (10/14/2016) - This Presidential Policy Directive (PPD), issued October 14, 2016, by The White House — President Barack Obama — provides background and forward-looking statements on United States-Cuba “Normalization.” The PPD is include below in its entirety, and [...]
Photo from the book, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002 (copyright Arthur Grace) via The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Robin Williams’ Beloved Bicycle Collection to be Auctioned (10/14/2016) - Proceeds to Benefit Challenged Athletes Foundation and Reeve Foundation Williams’ Children Donated the Bikes; Proceeds from the Online Auction will Honor Their Father’s Advocacy of Individuals Living with Disabilities Released by Mara Buxbaum (, Carlos Escaba (, and Rebecca [...]
Illustration: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded to Bob Dylan (10/13/2016) - On October 13, 2016, The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” To read more about this Nobel Prize winner, visit this page: After the announcement was [...]
Source: Environmental Working Group ( Think US Agriculture Will End World Hunger? Think Again, Says New Report (10/6/2016) - US Agribusiness “Feeding the World” Claim is a Dangerous Myth Released by Alex Formuzis, US agribusiness spokesmen routinely defend practices that pollute air and water, and destroy soil by claiming that American farmers are doing [...]
Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). 10 Biggest Corporations Make More Money Than Most Countries Combined (9/12/2016) - 69 of Top 100 Economic Entities Are Corporations Not Countries Walmart, Apple, Shell Richer than Russia, Belgium, Sweden Released by Kevin Smith, Corporations have increased their wealth vis-à-vis countries according to new figures released [...]