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Biden to sign executive actions on climate change Biden to sign executive actions on climate change
- January 28, 2021

As per the Centre for Law, Energy and Environment at Berkeley Law, the Biden administration can reverse almost 200 rollbacks initiated by the Trump administration, which include repealed light bulb efficiency standards for general service incandescent lamps, reversing the revocation of an Obama-era order created to preserve the ocean, coastal and Great Lake waters, resuming payments to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations program to help poorer countries reduce carbon emissions (the U.S. (more...)
Climate Change Is Melting Ice in Every Continent, New Study Shows Climate Change Is Melting Ice in Every Continent, New Study Shows
- January 27, 2021

Glaciers contributed to nearly a quarter of the ice losses over the survey period, despite storying only 1% of the Earth's total ice volume. Ice melt across the globe raises sea levels, increases the risk of flooding to coastal communities, and threatens to wipe out natural habitats which wildlife depend on. (more...)
Full Wolf Moon over the UK - Thursday, January 28 Full Wolf Moon over the UK - Thursday, January 28
- January 27, 2021

Other names used for the January full Moon include the "Cold Moon", "Frost Exploding Moon" and "Freese Up Moon". The full moon appears through haze and tree branches in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. This year's will, however, just be an ordinary full moon. On Thursday night, as evening twilight ends about 6:30 p.m., Mars will appear above the horizon in the south-southwest and will be the brightest object appearing close to directly overhead. (more...)
Elon Musk: Amazon tries to ‘cripple’ SpaceX’s Starlink Elon Musk: Amazon tries to ‘cripple’ SpaceX’s Starlink
- January 27, 2021

It plans to send 3,236 internet satellites, a device that will contend with Starlink , into low Earth orbit. Starlink is SpaceX's ambitious project to launch and operate its own network of broadband satellites, which will provide low-priced Internet to remote locations on a global level. (more...)
Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban
- January 27, 2021

They asked not to be identified because the plan has not been made been public; some details remain in flux. Days before the legal challenge, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton indicated that Texas would challenge the memo in court, and the legal challenge came last Friday, the day the memo went into effect. (more...)
Nearby Orange Dwarf Hosts Unique System of Six Planets | Astronomy
- January 27, 2021

The solar system hosts stars that seem to be performing a " rhythmic dance " as they continue to dance around the orbits. On closer examination, however, it was found that not entirely correct. "The tasks of this system are very well organized", says researcher Yann Alibert. It's a disorder that is very different from what we observe in our solar system. (more...)
United Nations global poll: Two-thirds of people want action against climate change United Nations global poll: Two-thirds of people want action against climate change
- January 27, 2021

Published today, the poll reflects the views of more than half the world's population. The survey shows people worldwide support climate action, providing politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). (more...)
As cases drop, Quebec could loosen restrictions in some regions next month As cases drop, Quebec could loosen restrictions in some regions next month
- January 27, 2021

But he said hospitalizations are still too high, especially in Montreal. During a news conference on Friday, Montreal public health director Dr. Mylène Drouin said Quebec's lockdown measures appear to be helping but the situation remains critical in the health network, accounting for about 140 of the city's 400 active COVID-19 outbreaks. (more...)
We are Facing a Climate Emergency, Warns UN Chief We are Facing a Climate Emergency, Warns UN Chief
- January 26, 2021

Merkel and Macron both agreed on the need to promote adaptation to climate effects, and spoke of the sums the German and French governments had committed to the issue. In a message to a group of young people participating in the CAS, the South Korean diplomat stressed that his "ambition, vitality, and determination", along with "opportunities and financial support", would lead to "a huge step towards building a more resilient country of the future" and to mitigate the climate impacts. (more...)
SpaceX Launches Record-Breaking Rideshare Mission Carrying 143 Satellites SpaceX Launches Record-Breaking Rideshare Mission Carrying 143 Satellites
- January 26, 2021

The mission had, however, been delayed by one day due to lousy weather in the region. On Saturday, the company tweeted , " Due to unfavorable weather, we are standing down from today's launch ". Starlink satellites are capable of delivering download speeds of more than 100 megabits per second (Mbps). The company deployed these payloads to meet the internet-of-things services that it meant to provide to its customers. (more...)
Trudeau, Biden talk about Keystone XL yields no gushers Trudeau, Biden talk about Keystone XL yields no gushers
- January 25, 2021

Upon completion, it would have carried more than 800,000 additional barrels a day of diluted bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to refineries along the U.S. In 2017 then-President Donald Trump signed a presidential permit for the project. In 2019, the US brought in 3.8 million bpd from Canada, more than half its daily imports of 6.8 million bpd. (more...)
SpaceX & NASA Sending Four Astronauts to ISS, Successful Liftoff SpaceX & NASA Sending Four Astronauts to ISS, Successful Liftoff
- January 25, 2021

SpaceX on Sunday launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA's first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately-developed spacecraft. Similar conditions leading up to the launch window could force them to abort. With the exception of Glover, all crew members have visited the ISS as part of an Expedition crew. (more...)
SpaceX sends more than 100 satellites skyward in a dazzling Sunday launch SpaceX sends more than 100 satellites skyward in a dazzling Sunday launch
- January 25, 2021

A Falcon 9 rocket carried the seventeenth batch of satellites at 6.32 pm IST ( 8.02 am EST) from Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and deployed the payload into their intended orbit one hour and four minutes after the launch, as per a UPI report . (more...)
SpaceX's Starship hits high altitude, explodes in fireball on return SpaceX's Starship hits high altitude, explodes in fireball on return
- January 25, 2021

Test flights take place in an nearly desolate area of southern Texas in the Gulf of Mexico near the US-Mexican border - no air crash is likely to cause physical or property damage. The test flight had been meant to reach an altitude of 12,500 metres, propelled by three of SpaceX's newly developed Raptor engines for the first time. (more...)
Scott wants council to ask Trudeau to pressure Biden on Keystone XL Scott wants council to ask Trudeau to pressure Biden on Keystone XL
- January 23, 2021

The government previous year offered families food aid equivalent to what their children would be getting at school, and Biden's order expands that by 15 percent, which the White House said would give a family with three children more than $100 extra every two months. (more...)
Pfizer offers 40m Covid shots to poorer countries at cost Pfizer offers 40m Covid shots to poorer countries at cost
- January 23, 2021

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is one of two that have been authorized for emergency use to fight the pandemic across the US. That clearance makes it easier for global health groups and poor nations to quickly OK emergency use. As of January 10, a reported 40,41,396 first doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in the U.S., and reports of 1,266 adverse events after receipt of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine were submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, according to the CDC. (more...)
Alberta 'trying' to deliver second COVID-19 vaccine dose within 42 days Alberta 'trying' to deliver second COVID-19 vaccine dose within 42 days
- January 23, 2021

Doctors Without Borders said the 40 million doses offered to Covax by Pfizer were a drop in the ocean and a lamentable "pittance" compared to the direct deals it has struck with high-income countries. Earlier this week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized drugmakers for seeking profits from the pandemic and mostly supplying wealthy countries. (more...)
Covid-19 Vaccine Doses May Be Spaced Six Weeks Apart, CDC Says Covid-19 Vaccine Doses May Be Spaced Six Weeks Apart, CDC Says
- January 23, 2021

The guidance posted in a January 21 update to the CDC website said a second dose should be administered as close to the recommended schedule as possible, either three weeks for the Pfizer Inc. "Reports are in line with the expected, all-cause mortality rates and causes of death in the sub-population of frail, elderly individuals, and the available information does not confirm a contributory role for the vaccine in the reported fatal events". (more...)
'Look, Joe': Kenney wants Trudeau to push Biden on Keystone XL 'Look, Joe': Kenney wants Trudeau to push Biden on Keystone XL
- January 23, 2021

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is accusing Mr. Trudeau of offering too mild a response to the Biden decision. "Failing an agreement with the American government, we call on the government of Canada to respond with consequences for this attack on Canada's largest industry", Kenney said Thursday. (more...)
Montana Lawmakers Slam Biden's Keystone Pipeline Decision Montana Lawmakers Slam Biden's Keystone Pipeline Decision
- January 22, 2021

In our view, the market does not appear to be giving the stock credit for TC Energy's growth portfolio, which is highlighted by its NGTL expansion projects. "We will begin a safe and orderly shut-down of construction", he said. Opposition from USA landowners, Native American tribes and environmentalists has delayed the project for the past 12 years. (more...)