Tag: Earth

This space harpoon might finally be the answer to all the junk floating around Earth

NASA and other space agencies around the world have accomplished some seriously amazing things in space, but there’s been a big price to pay for those adventures, and not just financially. The space around Earth is now cluttered with what is lovingly referred to as “space junk” — bits of rockets, long-dead satellites, and other […]

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Pretend It’s Aliens

“The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet: […]

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Earth’s magnetic pole is shifting faster than scientists predicted

If there’s one thing big-budget Hollywood disaster films have taught us, it’s that the Earth’s poles are nothing to be messed with. But apocalyptic fiction aside, scientists have been tracking the movement of Earth’s poles for well over a century, and they never stay put. In what might seem like an alarming bulletin, scientists from […]

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Colonists Brought Death, Disease and Climate Change to the Americas, Study Finds

When they arrived in the Americas centuries ago, European colonists brought pestilence and death. Their arrival was so devastating, in fact, that it may have contributed to a period of global cooling, according to a new study. The research, to be published in the March issue of the journal Quaternary […]

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A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas

PHILADELPHIA — Bear Swamp is a forest of 400- and 500-year-old black gums, some of the oldest trees in eastern North America, along the Delaware Bay in southeastern New Jersey. The trees have begun to die. The cause is the rising sea, which is making the groundwater at the base […]

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A massive ancient volcano wiped out roughly 90 percent of all life on Earth just 250 million years ago

It might be hard to imagine today, but life on Earth hasn’t always had an go of things. The volcano that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs dramatically hindered the ability for many animals to survive, and it’s largely considered to be the most catastrophic thing life on Earth has ever had to […]

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Study says Earth’s magnetic field has shifted rapidly in the past, and if it happens again it could be catastrophic

One of the big reasons that life thrives on Earth is that it’s protected from some of the more harsh phenomenon of space by something that we can’t even see. It’s the magnetic field that our planet generates, and it does a whole lot more than tell your compass which way you’re facing. A new […]

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Full Disk Image of Earth’s Western Hemisphere Taken May 20, 2018

The GOES-17 satellite took this stunning, full-disk snapshot of Earth’s Western Hemisphere from its checkout position at 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 20, 2018. GOES-17 observes Earth from an equatorial vantage point approximately 22,300 miles above the surface. This imagery was created using two visible bands (blue and red) and one near-infrared “vegetation” band that […]

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Humans Have Already Depleted Earth’s Resources For The Year

OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS Local) – A non-profit research group has some bad news for the rest of 2018. According to their calculations, humans have already used up all of the Earth’s renewable resources for the year. August 1, 2018 has been declared “Earth Overshoot Day” by the international think tank Global Footprint Network (GFN). The day marks the […]

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