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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Plate tectonics may have started 400 million years earlier than we thought

Plate tectonics may have started 400 million years earlier than we...

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Modern plate tectonics may have gotten under way as early as 3.2 billion years ago, about 400 million years earlier than scientists thought. That, in turn, suggests that the movement of large pieces of Earth’s crust could have played a role in making the planet more hospitable to life. Geologist Alec Brenner of Harvard University…
On Earth Day 2020, coronavirus shutdowns are a gift to the environment

On Earth Day 2020, coronavirus shutdowns are a gift to the...

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NO2 amounts have dropped with the coronavirus quarantine, Chinese New Year, and a related economic slowdown. NASA For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. It appears the COVID-19 pandemic has given the planet a gift for Earth Day 2020. The coronavirus has taken billions of people off the…
Interactive Earth Day 2020 Google Doodle gets sweet on bees

Interactive Earth Day 2020 Google Doodle gets sweet on bees

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Google gets down to the beesness of bees to celebrate the 50th Earth Day. Google Google is marking Earth Day this year by creating a little buzz about a busy little bee that helps keep us alive. Literally.The annual celebration, which is observed on Wednesday this year, was founded in 1970 and aims to raise…
This Earth Day Is Like No Other. Here’s How To Grieve And Stay Engaged

This Earth Day Is Like No Other. Here’s How To Grieve...

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Leonardo Santamaria for NPR Leonardo Santamaria for NPR Instead of feeling gratitude and oneness with the planet this Earth Day, you may be feeling far darker emotions. Not just because of our abnormal existence during a pandemic, but also from a fear that more disruptive events are on the horizon due to climate change. For…
Earth Day 2020: The Late Stephen Hawking’s Final Message To The World Is More Relevant Than Ever

Earth Day 2020: The Late Stephen Hawking’s Final Message To The...

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Today is 'Earth Day'. ESA “When we see the Earth from space we see ourselves as a whole; we see the unity and not the divisions. It is such a simple image, with a compelling message: “One planet, one human race”. In a press release issued this morning, the European Space Agency (ESA) has reminded a…
Forecasters predict a very active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

Forecasters predict a very active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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The Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be very active, fueled by very warm ocean temperatures in the tropics, according to several forecasts including a report released April 16 by The Weather Channel. A total of 18 named storms — nine of them hurricanes — are predicted in the season starting June 1, according to…
See Earth through the eyes of a Mercury-bound spacecraft saying goodbye to home

See Earth through the eyes of a Mercury-bound spacecraft saying goodbye...

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Earth appeared in the corner of BepiColombo's view during its April flyby. ESA/BepiColombo/MTM Spacecraft are able to give us a very different perspective on our planet than we normally get. BepiColombo, a dual-spacecraft mission, flew by Earth on a farewell tour on the way to its ultimate destination of Mercury. It captured us in stark…
Earth Is Spiraling Away From The Sun For Now, But Will Eventually Crash Into It

Earth Is Spiraling Away From The Sun For Now, But Will...

The Earth, moving in its orbit around the Sun and spinning on its axis, appears to make a closed,... [+] unchanging, elliptical orbit. If we look to a high-enough precision, however, we'll find that our planet is actually spiraling away from the Sun. Larry McNish, RASC Calgary If you could measure the average distance from…
Earth Day Cleanups Are Still Happening, Under The Water And For The Turtles

Earth Day Cleanups Are Still Happening, Under The Water And For...

A diver uses scissors to remove debris from a pier Sam Farkas The 5oth anniversary of Earth Day is one of many things going digital during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, meanwhile, is going underwater to remove marine debris. The sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation center in Juno Beach, Florida, recently completed an…
Roughly 90 million years ago, a rainforest grew near the South Pole

Roughly 90 million years ago, a rainforest grew near the South...

Once upon a time, there was a swampy rainforest near the bottom of the world. Buried sediment extracted from the seafloor off West Antarctica contains ancient pollen, fossilized roots and other chemical evidence of a diverse forest that flourished millions of years ago, less than a thousand kilometers from the South Pole. The sediment offers…

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