Tag Archives: Climate change

Moonwalker stirs up a buzz over climate change

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  I didn’t invite Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt to get his views on climate change, but that’s the topic that created the most fireworks here today at the ScienceWriters 2018 conference. The title of the session was “Apollo Plus 50,” … Continue reading

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Ships set sail to trace tiny creatures’ carbon trail

After seven years of preparation, two research vessels are heading out of Seattle to begin a 40-day voyage to track how tiny organisms in the ocean affect the world’s carbon balance — and it’s a bittersweet moment for one scientist who’s staying … Continue reading

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Study shows Antarctic ice loss is accelerating

An analysis of satellite data collected since 1992 suggests that ocean-driven melting has led to a tripling in the rate of ice loss from West Antarctica, from 53 billion to 159 billion metric tons per year. The study was conducted … Continue reading

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Should space priorities be closer to home?

A newly released survey from Pew Research Center suggests that Americans still strongly support the space program, 60 years after NASA’s founding, but that they’re more interested in Earth science than exploration beyond Earth orbit. That’s a turnabout from the broad strokes … Continue reading

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What killed the birds? Scientists blame the Blob

Researchers have untangled the mystery behind a die-off that felled hundreds of thousands of tough seabirds known as Cassin’s auklets in 2014 and early 2015. It’s not a simple answer: The proximate cause was starvation, but in a study published … Continue reading

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Antarctic drone duty gets a successful start

A scientific team supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is reporting the successful deployment of a trio of undersea drones to monitor how climate change affects Antarctica’s ice sheets. Now it’s up to the drones. “We are so pleased with … Continue reading

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Do rockets blast away the ozone layer? Not yet…

Thanks to Blue Origin, SpaceX and other space ventures, the skies could well be filled with rockets in years to come. But what will that do to the environment? The short answer is, not that much right now. But as … Continue reading

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