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Sunday, December 8, 2019
If Earth spun sideways, severe winter seasons and summer seasons would doom life as we understand it

If Earth spun sideways, severe winter seasons and summer seasons would...

Following is a transcript of the video. Early in the history of our solar system, something mysteriously knocked Earth slightly off its axis. So today we tilt at 23.5 degrees. But what would happen if we tilted even more? What if Earth spun sideways on its axis? Well, it wouldn't take long before utter chaos…
There’s A Fire in Greenland … Again. It’s 10 Degrees Hotter Than Typical

There’s A Fire in Greenland … Again. It’s 10 Degrees Hotter...

As global warming ramps up, expect to see Greenland in the news a lot. That’s because its ice sheet is under threat of melting. But that’s not the only reason. The other reason is fire. We know that Greenland, like the rest of the globe, is warming. And it’s ice is melting and contributing to…
Has the Earth Ever Been This Hot Prior to?

Has the Earth Ever Been This Hot Prior to?

Would you ever go on vacation to the North Pole? Unless you like subzero temperatures and Nordic-ski treks, probably not. But if you lived 56 million years ago, you might answer differently. Back then, you would have enjoyed balmy temperatures and a lush green landscape (although you would have had to watch out for crocodiles).…
New Research Study Demonstrates How Breaching “Carbon Limit” Might Trigger Mass Termination in Earth’s Oceans

New Research Study Demonstrates How Breaching “Carbon Limit” Might Trigger Mass...

Between the scientific community, governments, humanitarian organizations, and even military planners, climate change is considered to be the single greatest threat facing humanity today. Between the increases in famine, disease, flooding, displacement, extreme weather, and chaos that result, it is clear that the way we are causing our planet to get warmer is having dire…
Plane Contrails are Adding To International Warming Too

Plane Contrails are Adding To International Warming Too

To the scientifically uninitiated, it might seem like a frivolous idea: That those slight, wispy clouds that trail behind jet aircraft at such high altitudes could contribute to climate change. But they do. Scientists love to measure things, and when they measured these contrails, which is short for condensation trails, they found bad news. Though…
If You’re On the Moon, Does the Earth Appear to Go Through Stages?

If You’re On the Moon, Does the Earth Appear to Go...

If you lived on the moon, you'd have to give up lots of things you take for granted on Earth. The feeling of your feet planted firmly on the ground. Your ability to breathe outside without a helmet. And your night-sky view. Humans have spent millennia staring up at the moon, watching it rise and…
Eruption of the Raikoke Volcano, Seen From Area

Eruption of the Raikoke Volcano, Seen From Area

The Raikoke Volcano, dormant for a very long time, has awoken from its slumber. The volcanic island is in the Kuril Island chain, near the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Unlike its more volcanically active neighbours, Raikoke has been dormant since 1924. Thanks to astronauts on the International Space Station, we have gorgeous photos of the…
An asteroid hit Earth proper after being noticed by telescope this week

An asteroid hit Earth proper after being noticed by telescope this...

Artist's concept of a near-earth asteroid. NASA/JPL-CalTech An asteroid the size of a refrigerator was spotted by telescopes in Hawaii on Saturday, just before it collided with Earth's atmosphere and burned as a fireball in the sky due south of Puerto Rico. The harmless space rock, officially named 2019 MO, never had a chance of making…
NASA Design Reveals Greenland’s Ice Sheet Will Disappear Over the Next 1000 Years, Raising Water Level by 7 Meters

NASA Design Reveals Greenland’s Ice Sheet Will Disappear Over the Next...

Great news! Humankind’s greatest-ever engineering project is nearing completion. Soon we will have warmed the Earth enough to get rid of all those pesky ice sheets and other frozen areas. The finish line is in sight. If we all work together for the next thousand years, we’ll finally reach our goal! NASA has been tracking…
1.2 billion years earlier, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland

1.2 billion years earlier, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland

In 2008, scientists from Oxford and Aberdeen University made a startling discovery in the northwest of Scotland. Near the village of Ullapool, which sits on the coast opposite the Outer Hebrides, they found a debris deposit created by an ancient meteor impact dated to 1.2 billion years ago. The thickness and extent of the debris…

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