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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 [...]
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 [...]