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Nov 17, 2018

Celebrating the amazing women of Antarctica

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Women have made a massive impact on scientific research in Antarctica, but they don’t get remotely the recognition they deserve. Science-celebrator Steph Green wants to do something about that.

Antarctica, the edge of the world – a seemingly endless expanse of glacial and sea ice, with no indigenous human population and an inhospitable climate. If there was any part of the world untouched by the patriarchy, surely this would be it?

Not so. Despite oral history from Oceania indicating female explorers visited the region, women have often been excluded from Antarctic exploration and scientific discovery. When Ernest Shackleton advertised for fellow adventurers in 1914, three women applied to join him, but they were not included. In 1937, 1300 women applied to join a British Antarctic Expedition. How many went to the frozen continent? Not a one.

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Nov 16, 2018

For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats, sustainability

Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become common occurrence to see shoppers with reusable grocery totes at the supermarket. Bamboo straws are flying off shelves as people opt for eco-friendly products. Urban gardening and composting, too, has taken root as consumers try to minimize their carbon footprints.

These small actions are encouraging first steps, but they’re not enough when it comes to tackling agricultural contributions to climate change. Strong-worded warnings from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detail the potential for climate disasters to worsen if modern consumption patterns don’t change — and soon.

There’s evidence that reimagining urban environments’ food systems might help reduce carbon emissions. With more than 60% of the global population expected to live in cities by 2030, urban agriculture might be one piece of the puzzle for reducing strain on city resources. The practice typically involves growing food in smaller, city environments such as on rooftops, apartment balconies, or even walls.

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Nov 16, 2018

Destroying nuclear waste to create clean energy? It can be done

Posted by in categories: climatology, internet, nuclear energy, solar power, sustainability

If not for long-term radioactive waste, then nuclear power would be the ultimate “green” energy. The alternative to uranium is thorium, a radioactive ore whose natural decay is responsible for half of our geothermal energy, which we think of as “green energy.” More than 20 years of research at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), the birthplace of the internet and where Higgs boson was discovered, demonstrate that thorium could become a radically disruptive source of clean energy providing bountiful electricity any place and at any time.

Coal and gas remain by far the largest sources of electricity worldwide, threatening our climate equilibrium. Non-fossil alternatives, such as solar power, use up a forbidding amount of land, even in sunny California, plus the decommissioning will pose a serious recycling challenge within 20 years. Solar is best used on an individual household basis, rather than centralized plants. Wind requires an even larger surface area than solar.

As Michael Shellenberger, a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment”, recently wrote: “Had California and Germany invested $680 billion into nuclear power plants instead of renewables like solar and wind farms, the two would already be generating 100% or more of their electricity from clean energy sources.” Correct, but the disturbing issue of long-term nuclear waste produced by conventional, uranium based, nuclear plants still remains.

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Nov 16, 2018

A ‘dark matter’ hurricane that we can’t see or hear is blasting past Earth, and it’s one of the universe’s biggest conundrums

Posted by in categories: climatology, cosmology

If astronomers’ calculations are correct, the Solar System is right in the middle of a turbulent space event.

The mysterious hurricane of “dark matter” leaves astronomers puzzled, but the remnants of dwarf galaxies could help prove this phenomenon’s existence.

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Nov 15, 2018

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

California is burning for very good reasons, like climate change and population growth. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Nov 15, 2018

How algae could sustainably reduce the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest World Climate Report (IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C) acknowledges the global relevance of the process.

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Nov 12, 2018

Scientists predict a ‘dark matter hurricane’ will collide with the Earth

Posted by in categories: climatology, cosmology, particle physics

Yes, here’s the story of the dark matter hurricane — a cosmic event that may provide our first glimpse of the mysterious, invisible particle.


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Nov 4, 2018

The Wonders and Worries of ‘Extinct Animal’ Zoos

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, sustainability

The future is both glorious and horrifying. As we continue to expand our technological footprint in the hopes of creating wonder, several issues remain fixed with a trajectory towards disaster. From climate change to the mass extinction of several animal species, there’s no doubt that we’re heading into ruin if we’re to keep this up.

As our technology continues to advance to the point of bringing the dead back to life, how will our own species react to a growing new population of animals that can die and live again?

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Oct 28, 2018

‘18 Miles’ is full of interesting tales about Earth’s atmosphere

Posted by in category: climatology

The new book ‘18 Miles’ takes readers on a journey through the atmosphere and the history of understanding climate and weather.

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Oct 28, 2018

A Lightning Storm Seen From Space

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The ISS captured this massive lightning storm over China.

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