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Renewables are growing, but greenhouse emissions will continue to rise, says IEA Renewables are growing, but greenhouse emissions will continue to rise, says IEA
- November 15, 2019

Global oil demand is due to slow in the 2030s, and coal use to shrink slightly. Growing demand for SUVs in the US, China, Europe and elsewhere could negate all the environmental benefits of the increased use of electric cars , the report says. (more...)
SpaceX successfully tests Crew Dragon’s emergency engines SpaceX successfully tests Crew Dragon’s emergency engines
- November 15, 2019

If the upcoming in-flight abort test goes well, the California-based rocket builder will work toward a piloted test flight early next year when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley plan to visit the International Space Station ( ISS ). (more...)
Hayabusa 2 on way to Earth after completing Ryugu mission:The Asahi Shimbun Hayabusa 2 on way to Earth after completing Ryugu mission:The Asahi Shimbun
- November 15, 2019

The probe will bring back to Earth "carbon and organic matter" to provide data as to "how the matter is scattered around the Solar System, why it exists on the asteroid and how it is related to Earth", Dr Tsuda said. "Literally it has been at the centre of our lives over the past 1½ years". Maneuvers were aimed at retrieving underground samples from an artificial crater on the surface of the asteroid created by a projectile made of the metal tantalum fired by the spacecraft. (more...)
New climate report warns next generation will face severe health issues New climate report warns next generation will face severe health issues
- November 15, 2019

For the world to meet its climate goals and protect the health of the next generation, the energy landscape will have to change drastically, and soon, the report warns. But taking action to tackle climate change is "sensible" to deliver public health and economic benefits and relieve pressure on the NHS. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change notes that they will face malnutrition, rising food prices and an increase in infectious diseases. (more...)
Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars
- November 14, 2019

And this mysterious oxygen cycling can't be explained by any known chemistry, a new study found. The fact that the oxygen behavior isn't perfectly repeatable every season makes us think that it's not an issue that has to do with atmospheric dynamics. (more...)
BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi slams CM Kejriwal over rising Delhi air pollution BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi slams CM Kejriwal over rising Delhi air pollution
- November 14, 2019

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi directed the Centre to submit the report on the matter by December 3. It came as Britain's Prince Charles was in Delhi , as part of his 10th official visit to India, during which he focused on climate change, sustainable markets and social finance. (more...)
Japanese spacecraft begins a year-long journey home from an asteroid Japanese spacecraft begins a year-long journey home from an asteroid
- November 13, 2019

In addition, Hayabusa 2 took many photos of asteroids and deployed several robotic probes to the surface, among other tasks, Looking back, the mission has been nothing short of spectacular successthough final sigh of relief will come when scientists opened the cargo container and confirm that they really contain samples of asteroid they are created to collect. (more...)
World's smallest ungulates spotted in Vietnam after almost 30 years World's smallest ungulates spotted in Vietnam after almost 30 years
- November 12, 2019

A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for almost 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam. But An Nguyen from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research wasn't so sure. Despite its deceiving nickname, chevrotains are the planet's smallest hoofed mammals - not mice or deer, according to a Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) press release . (more...)
Record cold and snow on the way! Slick later tonight… Record cold and snow on the way! Slick later tonight…
- November 12, 2019

Temperatures are expected to drop rapidly Monday night, which could cause for slippery road conditions with rain and snow in the forecast. "The truly frigid air will spill in overnight", when a 24-degree low is expected in Raleigh, forecasters warn. (more...)
SpaceX launched 60 satellites in mission to bring internet to the world
- November 12, 2019

Its mini-satellites will orbit at relatively low altitude (550 kilometers, or 340 miles, for the first ones), allowing quick transmission times . Starlink satellites use Krypton-fueled electric thrusters to reach their target orbit after leaving their rocket . (more...)
The Mercury Transit event The Mercury Transit event
- November 11, 2019

Mercury will slice an askew way left to directly over the sun Monday, entering at base left (around the 8:00 point on a clock) and leaving upper right (around the 2:00 point). The average distance of Mercury from the sun is believed to be 35,983,095 miles (57,909,175 kilometres). NASA adds that Mercury transits occur only 13 times every century; the next passage of Mercury across the Sun will happen in 2032. (more...)
Mercury to pass across the sun Monday Mercury to pass across the sun Monday
- November 11, 2019

On the morning of November 11, United Kingdom amateur astronomical societies and public observatories will be running events where members of the public can safely enjoy the transit, as well as live webcasts of the spectacle. Or, if you still have your solar eclipse glasses and they are in good shape, you can use those to try and get a glimpse but NASA cautions Mercury is too small to easily be seen with the unaided eye. (more...)
Mercury to appear as tiny black dot in rare 'transit' across sun
- November 11, 2019

Unlike its 2016 transit, Mercury will score a near bull's-eye this time, passing practically dead center in front of our star. Transits of Venus occur in pairs separated by 121.5 or 105.5 years, with eight years separating each transit; the next transit of Venus will occur in the year 2117. (more...)
Italy to make climate change study compulsory in schools Italy to make climate change study compulsory in schools
- November 09, 2019

At the start of this school year, he said students would be excused from missing class to participate in Fridays for Future climate change protests. Fioramonti, a former economics professor at South Africa's Pretoria University, has also called for new taxes on airlines tickets, plastics and sugary foods (the proceeds of which would fund education) and for removing crucifixes from classrooms to be more inclusive of non-Christians. (more...)
In Rare Show, Mercury Will Transit Across Sun on Monday In Rare Show, Mercury Will Transit Across Sun on Monday
- November 09, 2019

Planetarium staff are setting up safe specialized solar viewing telescopes for curious individuals to watch Mercury during its journey. "Lots of astronomy clubs will have telescopes set up if the conditions are good". We won't see a Mercury transit again until 2032. The planetarium warned that the sun should never be looked at through a telescope without proper filters. (more...)
Deep space wine: Bordeaux blast off into orbit Deep space wine: Bordeaux blast off into orbit
- November 09, 2019

Company officials say researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process. The objective is to develop new flavours and properties for the meals business. Budweiser already has barley seeds at the station, and Suntory sent up whiskey samples for ageing in 2015. When the 17th century Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon first called to his brothers "come quickly, I am tasting stars" after his first taste of champagne, he probably would have never guessed that ... (more...)
Transit of Mercury: How to enjoy Monday's sky display Transit of Mercury: How to enjoy Monday's sky display
- November 08, 2019

Whereas the moon is capable of blocking all of the Sun's light from reaching the Earth, Mercury's size and distance means only a fraction of the Sun will be blocked. "The fastest planet Mercury will pass between the Sun and the Earth", Varank said on Twitter . Anyone who wants to take part in a viewing should know that this is the last chance to see this wonderful celestial event until it happens next in 2032. (more...)
Italy to make teaching climate change compulsory at school
- November 08, 2019

According to Reuters , all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, nearly one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September. Climate Accords agreed in Paris during the Obama administration because it disadvantaged American businesses. "We are turning on our heaters". "And I want to secure this before there is any change in government that can imperil that kind of process". (more...)
Bach: IOC to cooperate closely with WADA Bach: IOC to cooperate closely with WADA
- November 07, 2019

Yuri Ganus worked the halls of an worldwide anti-doping conference that was headlined Tuesday by a speech from Polish President Andrzej Duda, who spoke out strongly about the need for clean sports. The head of Russia's rebuilt anti-doping agency pleaded with President Vladimir Putin for support as the country moves closer to a possible ban from next year's Olympics. (more...)
SpaceX Shares Thrilling Video of Crew Dragon Parachute Test SpaceX Shares Thrilling Video of Crew Dragon Parachute Test
- November 07, 2019

According to SpaceX , the test went off without a hitch 13 consecutive times. It fared very well, with thirteen successful back-to-back tests of the system. SpaceX's test will be a ground-baed test filing of the Crew Dragon's abort engines, which is set to happen as early as Wednesday. In this test, one of the four parachutes was purposefully not deployed. (more...)