Australia’s fires will get worse before they get better

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NASA’s new video is grim

By Mark Kaufman2020-01-15 21:07:39 UTC NASA has some unsettling news.  In 140 years of modern record-keeping, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, which means that 19 of the last 20 years are now the warmest in recorded history. In a video just over one-minute long, NASA gives a succinct rundown of climate trends…

In pictures: The sniffer dogs taking on Africa’s poachers

Image copyright Paul Joynson-Hicks Poachers in Africa, who are now armed with military-style weapons and even helicopters to hunt their prey, have a new adversary: dogs with a nose for detection.Deployed in key locations across six African countries are around 50 detector dogs. They have sniffed out contraband – elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin…

Cats Are Making Australia’s Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Cats are scientifically, objectively, monumentally terrible for the planet. In the US alone, free-ranging domestic cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 billion mammals a year, to say nothing of reptiles and amphibians. They are a scourge of the highest order.Now felines are poised to exacerbate the ecological crisis unfolding in Australia as…

#BabyYodaProblems proves it’s not easy being Baby Yoda

By Andy Moser2020-01-14 16:29:32 UTC Believe it or not, being Baby Yoda isn’t easy. It’s not always rainbows and chickie nuggies. Sometimes, problems arise, and since Baby Yoda is the first Baby Yoda the world has ever seen, nobody really knows how to solve them. Recently, Twitter users have been discussing these #BabyYodaProblems to bring…

Private investors poured $10.5 billion into clean energy in 2019. These are the top funds making bets on the industry.

BI Prime The Bill Gates-led coalition, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, is one of the most active clean-energy investors Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times This story requires our BI Prime membership. To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content. Venture…

ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

If humans are going to have a long-term presence on the Moon, they’re going to need breathable air and rocket fuel — and the ESA might just have a way to create both using the Moon itself. The agency is running a prototype plant that converts moondust (currently simulated, of course) into oxygen that could…