Day: November 5, 2019

Breaking: Earth Hot

Image: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWFOctober is a time for pumpkin spice lattes, scarves—and record-breaking heat. Yup, October 2019 was the hottest October ever documented, but c’mon, does that surprise anyone anymore?The Copernicus Union Climate Change Service managed by the European Union announced these findings Tuesday, noting that this year’s October was 0.69 degrees Celsius warmer…

Life on Earth probably originated in deep-sea vents and aliens could be growing the same way now, scientists suggest

Mysterious deep-sea hydrothermal vents, where fissures in the sea floor allow the magma in the Earth’s mantle to heat trapped water to high temperatures before it is pumped back into the ocean from towering natural chimneys, provide ideal conditions for the origins of life, scientists believe. An experiment replicating the hot, alkaline conditions found at…

Teach Your Kids About the World With This Animated Series

Screenshot: Triviatopia (YouTube)If your kid has a wide range of interests—and a short attention span—they’ll probably be into Triviatopia, a series of educational animated videos on YouTube about everything from science, history and art to technology and the environment.Each video is just over two minutes long and features a cast of six quirky characters who travel…

Science must move with the times

In 1866, three years before the first issue of Nature was published, a transatlantic telegraph cable established light-speed communication between Great Britain and North America. The triumph won William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin) a knighthood for the scientific advice he had given to the project. Yet Thomson had also advised on a disastrous earlier attempt…

Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

Video|Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless AmazonVideoWelcome to the lawless heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Here, cattle ranchers and loggers — emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro — are clearing and burning huge swaths of rainforest every day in the name of progress.NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this…

The world is getting wetter, yet water may become less available for North America and Eurasia: Plants will demand more water in the future making less water available for people

With climate change, plants of the future will consume more water than in the present day, leading to less water available for people living in North America and Eurasia, according to a Dartmouth-led study in Nature Geoscience. The research suggests a drier future despite anticipated precipitation increases for places like the United States and Europe,…

The Environmental Impact Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

A recent report from National Geographic and the Climate Action Tracker found that we are far from reaching our 2020 goal of lower emissions.In 2015, the U.S. and 196 other countries signed the Paris climate agreement (which President Donald Trump is now pulling out of) with the goal of limiting the increase of global average…