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Google pledges to be carbon free by 2030
- September 17, 2020

The tech giant has committed to running every facet of its business on carbon-free energy sources at every location it operates. The organisation will pair wind and solar energy and increase its use of battery storage to ensure around-the-clock renewable energy in its operations, as well as investing in new carbon-free methods that would allow it to run its datacentres and offices around the world. (more...)
Massive chunk of Greenland's largest glacier crashes into sea Massive chunk of Greenland's largest glacier crashes into sea
- September 17, 2020

Scientists with National Geological Survey see it as evidence of rapid climate change leading to the disintegration of the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf. "The new climate can't be predicted by the previous climate", Landrum explained. With that shift will come further changes in sea ice extent. There have been some pretty freaky things happening in the Arctic this year, with historic levels of ice melt , absurdly high temperatures , and wildfires in an area that's meant to ... (more...)
Trump Set to Visit California to Assess Damage Done By Deadly Wildfires Trump Set to Visit California to Assess Damage Done By Deadly Wildfires
- September 15, 2020

Relief from putrid, unsafe air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won't come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer. Joe Smith, advocacy director for Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, which attends to homeless people, said California's capital city hasn't seen consistent blue skies in weeks. (more...)
Sign of alien life found on Venus Sign of alien life found on Venus
- September 15, 2020

Astronomers have speculated for decades that high clouds on Venus could offer a home for microbes - floating free of the scorching surface, but still needing to tolerate very high acidity. Microbes on Earth can not survive that acidity. She said finding it on Venus is exciting and extraordinary. Professor Sara Seager and Dr Janusz Petkowski, also both at MIT, are investigating how microbes could shield themselves inside droplets. (more...)
Biden dings Trump as 'climate arsonist'
- September 15, 2020

Trump, who was briefed during a stop near Sacramento before a campaign visit to Phoenix, had been mostly quiet as the catastrophe on the West Coast has unfolded over the past few weeks. But they said they were confident they could keep the fire from spreading significantly Monday. "There has to be strong forest management", he said . (more...)
SpaceX gets official ‘go’ from NASA for upcoming astronaut launch debut SpaceX gets official ‘go’ from NASA for upcoming astronaut launch debut
- September 14, 2020

Thursday's launch of the manned Crew Dragon was scrubbed due to "unfavorable weather in the flight path", according to a SpaceX tweet . Both the astronauts have extensive experience in space and been involved in NASA's Space Shuttle flights. (more...)
New Aspect of Mysterious Dark Matter in Universe Revealed New Aspect of Mysterious Dark Matter in Universe Revealed
- September 13, 2020

The red blobs around the galaxy at upper left denote emission from clouds of hydrogen in a single distant source. This phenomenon allows astronomers to study remote galaxies that would otherwise be too faint to see. From Bologna, Italy, lead author of the study. "We have done a lot of testing of the data in this study, and we are sure that this mismatch indicates that some physical ingredient is missing either from the simulations or from our understanding of the nature of dark matter", ... (more...)
Colorado sues USPS and Postmaster General for potentially misleading voters Colorado sues USPS and Postmaster General for potentially misleading voters
- September 13, 2020

In a Twitter thread Friday, Secretary of State Jena Griswold complained the USPS postcard being sent to every household and PO Box in the nation is "not just confusing, it's WRONG" when it comes to Colorado. "The importance of this election, combined with the fact it is being held amidst a national pandemic, further heightens the need to provide correct voting information to Coloradans". (more...)
Cruise hoping to shoot first action movie in space Cruise hoping to shoot first action movie in space
- September 12, 2020

News of the picture broke in May, as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein confirmed the extraterrestrial enterprise in a subsequent tweet . Although SpaceX's involvement has yet to be officially confirmed, it seems very likely a Dragon capsule will end up being used to transport Cruise and his film crew to the International Space Station to capture footage. (more...)
Despite Covid-19 disruption carbon emissions continue to rise Despite Covid-19 disruption carbon emissions continue to rise
- September 12, 2020

Climate Assembly UK was commissioned by six parliamentary committees with the aim of giving communities a say on how Britain can meet its legal goal to cut emissions to net zero by 2050. A landmark project asking a cross-section of Britain how the United Kingdom should reduce its carbon emissions has delivered its final report, containing over 50 recommendations for the government on everything from energy generation to farming. (more...)
NASA wants to buy Moon resources mined by private firms NASA wants to buy Moon resources mined by private firms
- September 12, 2020

NASA is asking for proposals from commercial space companies to offer up their proposals for collecting a small amount of rocks or dirt from "any location" on the Moon's surface, along with a photo of the collection process and resulting sample. (more...)
BWS: Tropical Storm Is A BWS: Tropical Storm Is A "Threat To Bermuda"
- September 12, 2020

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the centre. Tropical Storm Paulette could take aim at Bermuda as a hurricane on Monday. Some increase in shear could occur over the northern Gulf of Mexico but that is uncertain at this time. The NHC also warned that the cone of uncertainty is much more uncertain than usual after 48 hours, "as small changes in the forecast steering flow could result in this system moving over the northern Gulf Coast faster and to the ... (more...)
Wildfires rage in California, state spends $3.7 bn a year fighting fires Wildfires rage in California, state spends $3.7 bn a year fighting fires
- September 12, 2020

Authorities said more than 500,000 people - more than 10% of the state's population - have been forced to evacuate. More than half a million people - 12% of the state's population - have fled from their homes in OR and mass evacuations are underway across the region. (more...)
Tropical depression could form in Gulf soon, and that’s not all Tropical depression could form in Gulf soon, and that’s not all
- September 11, 2020

As of noon, the storm was 2,032 miles east-southeast of the island and moving west-northwest at 16mph. There are a couple named storms and disturbances out in the ocean that will likely avoid the USA or any landfall, but Tropical Storm Paulette formed Monday, as did Tropical Storm Rene. (more...)
World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years
- September 11, 2020

The report says climate change will become an important driver of biodiversity loss in the coming decades. "The way we produce and consume food and energy, and the blatant disregard for the environment entrenched in our current economic model, has pushed the natural world to its limits". (more...)
Space scientists use 3.2 billion-pixel camera to take largest photo ever Space scientists use 3.2 billion-pixel camera to take largest photo ever
- September 11, 2020

Meet the world's largest digital camera , made of 189 CCD sensors, that is capable of producing 3,200-megapixel images, for space exploration purposes. Rubin Observatory. "These data ... will let us test our models of dark matter and dark energy more deeply and precisely than ever", Ritz added. Utilizing the LSST Camera, the observatory will make the biggest cosmic film ever and shed light on the absolute greatest secrets of the universe, including boring issue and dim vitality. (more...)
United Kingdom police charge 51 over Extinction Rebellion protest United Kingdom police charge 51 over Extinction Rebellion protest
- September 11, 2020

The review could lead to Extinction Rebellion being treated as an organised crime group, which could leave environmental activists who cause chaos facing five years in jail. "I will be looking at every opportunity available, including primary legislation, to ensure that there is a full suite of tools available to tackle this behaviour", she added. (more...)
Ontario logs 170 new COVID-19 cases, majority in Toronto area Ontario logs 170 new COVID-19 cases, majority in Toronto area
- September 10, 2020

She says 28 public health units in Ontario are reporting 5 or fewer cases with 14 reporting no new cases. Premier Francois Legault says the vast majority of Quebecers have followed COVID-19 public health guidelines for the past six months. (more...)
National Hurricane Center monitoring Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene in Atlantic National Hurricane Center monitoring Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene in Atlantic
- September 10, 2020

Paulette , which is about 1,285 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and nearly 1,295 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands as of 11 a.m., does not pose an immediate threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center , and is slated to turn west or west-northwest in the next couple of days. (more...)
‘Mighty Mice’ Stay Mighty in Space ‘Mighty Mice’ Stay Mighty in Space
- September 09, 2020

The 40 female mice, provided by the nonprofit Jackson Laboratory in ME, were genetically manipulated for muscle growth in an experiment to better understand how zero gravity affects the human body. Both are affiliated with the University of CT. "They lost a substantial amount of bone in space and then even after being on earth, they actually continued to lose a little bit more bone mass", Lee says. (more...)