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In 2018, NASA is scheduled to launch two new satellite missions and conduct an array of field research that will enhance our view of Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, snow cover, and permafrost. Collectively, these frozen regions are known as the Cryosphere. Credit: NASA NASA Renews Focus on Earth’s Frozen Regions (4/3/2018) - In 2018, NASA will intensify its focus on one of the most critical but remote parts of our changing planet with the launch of two new satellite missions and an array of airborne campaigns. The [...]
A drone image of the Amundsen with scientists deployed onto the sea ice. Credit: David G. Barber. Arctic Sea Ice Becoming A Spring Hazard for North Atlantic Ships (3/19/2018) - More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research. The new research finds ocean passages [...]
Stephen Hawking NASA 50th NASA Honors Legacy of Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (3/14/2018) - On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the following statement was released by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of visionary physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died at his Cambridge, England home early Wednesday morning. “Today, the [...]
Hug Huddle artist Stuart Semple. Source: DPAC Artist Plans “Hug Huddle” Art Event in London and Denver (3/13/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Do you feel like you could use a hug? How about a hug that connects people across the globe? On Monday, March 26, 2018, British artist Stuart Semple is inviting the public [...]
A pod of narwhals in Melville Bay, Greenland. New research may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals. Credit: Kristin Laidre Research Uncovers The Mysterious Lives of Narwhals (2/9/2018) - Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore. But research being presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon [...]
Coastal Community of São Paulo Wins Fight Against Giant Thermoelectric Plant (2/5/2018) - United, citizens of Peruíbe knocked down the power plant projected to be one of the 50 largest in the world and blocked future mega-polluting projects. The city of Peruíbe, in the Southeast of Brazil, has [...]
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 www.Barnebys.com. 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/Barnebys.com Rare Rolling Stones Photos on the Auction Block (7/20/2017) - On July 19, 2017, Barnebys.com 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: 350.org 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, 350.org 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, AGU.org 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, [...]