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2018 fourth warmest year on record: NASA, NOAA 2018 fourth warmest year on record: NASA, NOAA
- February 08, 2019

That temperature was topped only in 2016, 2017, and 2015. "The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt - in coastal flooding, heat waves , intense precipitation and ecosystem change". The British Met Office , which also contributes data to the WMO, said temperatures could rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times , for instance, if a natural El Nino weather event adds a burst of heat. (more...)
Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change Democrats push for a Green New Deal to combat climate change
- February 07, 2019

The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern. Ocasio-Cortez said she will immediately begin to work on legislation that would "fully flesh out the projects involved in the Green New Deal ". (more...)
3D map reveals Milky Way is more warped and twisted 3D map reveals Milky Way is more warped and twisted
- February 07, 2019

Like any galaxy, our home in outer space is made up of a collection of stars, planets, dark matter and other space junk. Using these pulses in brightness, scientists can detect the distance of these stars within 3 percent to 5 percent accuracy, study lead author Xiaodian Chen, a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatories, said in the statement. (more...)
Nissan Pulls Model Production From UK Amidst Brexit Concerns Nissan Pulls Model Production From UK Amidst Brexit Concerns
- February 07, 2019

Nissan said it will only produce the X-Trail in Japan. It made the pledge, which had been expeced to create an additional 741 United Kingdom jobs, after business secretary Greg Clark set out commitments of support for the firm after Brexit. (more...)
Check your compass: The magnetic north pole is on the move Check your compass: The magnetic north pole is on the move
- February 06, 2019

In recent years, magnetic north has been shifting at a rate of around 34 miles per year, NPR reported . WASHINGTON (AP) - North isn't quite where it used to be. Airport runway names are based on their direction toward magnetic north and their names change when the poles moved. For example, the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, renamed a runway 1L-19R to 2L-20R in 2009. (more...)
Trump To Nominate David Bernhardt As Permanent Interior Secretary Trump To Nominate David Bernhardt As Permanent Interior Secretary
- February 05, 2019

Bernhardt already was making regulatory decisions on the country's natural resources to benefit industries. Bernhardt became the acting secretary of the agency on January 2, replacing Ryan Zinke , who stepped down in mid-December amid a Justice Department investigation looking into whether he used his office for personal gain. (more...)
Climate Change Will Alter The Colour Of The Oceans, New Research Finds Climate Change Will Alter The Colour Of The Oceans, New Research Finds
- February 05, 2019

Kids may be using different shades of blue and green Crayolas to color their pictures of the ocean by the end of the 21st Century , according to a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study. Hickman said: "Crudely speaking, where the water is now quite blue because the phytoplankton [have a] relatively low biomass, you are going to see the water getting more blue, and where the ocean is relatively more green because the biomass is higher, you are going to see [it] getting [greener]". (more...)
‘World’s most dangerous’ glacier could soon collapse triggering sea level rise
- February 05, 2019

The size and explosive growth rate of the newfound hole, however, surprised them. That cavity is big enough to hold 14 billion tons of ice or 5.6 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. Thwaites Glacier plays an instrumental role in the story of rising sea levels and climate change , so there's never been more of a drive to study and understand it. (more...)
Polar Vortex: Death Toll Climbs After the Brutal Cold Spell Polar Vortex: Death Toll Climbs After the Brutal Cold Spell
- February 04, 2019

Bryan Jackson, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said on Friday the core of the vortex was pulling back, though residual icy air was still pushing over to the U.S. According to the Associated Press , an unusually warm blast from the south dramatically heated the air 20 miles above the North Pole last month. Rachel Liao, 29, a student at the New School in NY, said she wished classes had been cancelled due to the cold. (more...)
Zooming in on NGC 6752 and Bedin 1 Zooming in on NGC 6752 and Bedin 1
- February 03, 2019

After a careful analysis of their brightnesses and temperatures, the astronomers concluded that these stars did not belong to the cluster - which is part of the Milky Way - but rather they are millions of light-years more distant. And remarkably, it's sitting right next door, cosmically speaking: At 30 million light-years away, it's considered part of our Local Group of galaxies . (more...)
China’s Chang’e-4 probe wakes up after first lunar night China’s Chang’e-4 probe wakes up after first lunar night
- February 02, 2019

This is the first time Chinese scientists have received first-hand data about the temperatures on the surface of the moon during the lunar night . China's lunar lander has woken from a freezing fortnight-long hibernation to find night-time temperatures on the moon's dark side are colder than previously thought, the national space agency said yesterday. (more...)
Massive Cavity Discovered Beneath Antarctic Glacier
- February 01, 2019

Pietro Milillo of JPL, the study's lead author , said: "The size of a cavity under a glacier plays an important role in melting and as more heat and water get under the glacier, it melts faster". Thwaites has been described as one of the world's most risky glaciers because its demise could lead to rapid changes in global sea levels. "We are discovering different mechanisms of retreat", Milillo said. (more...)
What is a polar vortex? And is it linked to climate change? What is a polar vortex? And is it linked to climate change?
- February 01, 2019

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, officials warned that anyone venturing into the cold through Thursday morning could suffer frostbite in as little as 5 minutes. Most of Canada was under some sort of weather warning - from extreme cold in the Prairies, Quebec and Ontario to heavy snows in Alberta and Nova Scotia. (more...)
Curiosity snaps a selfie before heading off to new adventures Curiosity snaps a selfie before heading off to new adventures
- February 01, 2019

The second scenario could mean that both primary and secondary radios failed and that it can't talk back to Earth . The troubles of the rover, which has long outlived its initial 3-month mission, are believed to have been caused by a huge sandstorm that battered the planet for almost two months during the summer. (more...)
See the Chicago River Freeze and 'Smoke' Amid Frigid Winter Weather See the Chicago River Freeze and 'Smoke' Amid Frigid Winter Weather
- January 31, 2019

Officials throughout the region were focused on protecting vulnerable people from the cold, including the homeless, seniors and those living in substandard housing. What I wasn't ready for was how deep Minnesota natives' reverence of the cold goes. "The combined effects of the cold & winds are at their peak today with wind chills of -45° to -60° continuing". (more...)
Héctor Bellerín Takes Aim At Us President Donald Trump's 'Nonsense' Héctor Bellerín Takes Aim At Us President Donald Trump's 'Nonsense'
- January 29, 2019

She tweeted: " Global warming is a warming World". In fact, cold snaps like this are predicted to get more common as the planet gets warmer, because the energy loss from melting Arctic sea ice disrupts the "polar vortex" that traps cold air at the North Pole, allowing freezing winds to migrate to lower latitudes. (more...)
Samsung Ditches Plastic Product Packaging Materials Samsung Ditches Plastic Product Packaging Materials
- January 28, 2019

Additionally, the packaging material used now for Samsung's products and accessories - ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances - will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper. (more...)
Much Of Mountain West Region Doesn't Believe In Climate Change Much Of Mountain West Region Doesn't Believe In Climate Change
- January 27, 2019

The first poll, from the University of Chicago Energy Policy Institute [ PDF ], shows that more frequent extreme weather events are causing Americans to shift their views on climate change, and that 60 percent, across all political stripes, believe it is caused primarily by human activity. (more...)
Earth’s oldest rock found on the Moon Earth’s oldest rock found on the Moon
- January 27, 2019

In a new study, they describe how they believe the two gram fragment was hurled into space during a massive asteroid strike around four billion years ago, subsequently striking the Moon and coming to rest on its surface. This rock fragment is over 4 billion years old. Previous work by the team showed that impacting asteroids at that time were producing craters thousands of kilometers in diameter on Earth, sufficiently large to bring material from those depths to the surface. (more...)
‘The Garden of Eden is no more’: David Attenborough’s warning at WEF ‘The Garden of Eden is no more’: David Attenborough’s warning at WEF
- January 26, 2019

He added that with the world's population so high, and humans so powerful, that we could kill off entire ecosystems without realising. Attenborough made the impassioned plea while being interviewed by Prince William . But the maddening thing is that we now know how to deal with it - we've just got to do something. It came after Attenborough was interviewed by the British royal family's Prince William earlier in the day at another Davos event. (more...)