by Wei Lifigures by Catherine Ding The universe is massive, with an estimated 70 quintillion planets—that is 70 followed by an additional 18 zeros. In the Milky Way alone, where we reside, there are billions of planets. With these huge numbers, Earth seems very insignificant in the grand scheme of things. This raises the question: are we truly alone in this vast space of the … Continue reading Finding Life in Space: Why are we so special?
by Sanjana Kulkarnifigures by Jovana Andrejevic The average global temperature is increasing faster now than at any time in the last 2 million years. This has fueled record-breaking droughts, heat waves, and wildfires, and has intensified weather patterns, causing more extreme and damaging hurricanes and rainfall. Human activity is driving this change, primarily through the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, which … Continue reading Reversing Climate Change with Geoengineering
Lightning produces chemical compounds that may play an important role in removing air pollutants. Continue reading Lightning Oxidation May Remove Harmful Air Pollutants
For years, banned air pollutants that damage the ozone layer have been coming out of eastern China. Using the same atmospheric monitoring network that first detected the pollution, scientists recently found that the emissions from the country have now largely stopped. Continue reading Internationally Banned Ozone-Destroying Pollutant Emissions in China have Declined
A team from the University of Colorado Boulder finds a new way to measure how much extra snow can be produced by cloud seeding. Continue reading Researchers Use Cloud Seeding to Make it Rain
Is eating vegan really the best dietary way to limit your environmental impact? Study shows that eating sweets and at restaurants is associated with higher carbon footprints than eating meat. Continue reading Beyond Beef: Study finds Sweets, Alcohol and Eating Out Lead to Higher Carbon Footprint in Households
A research team from the University of South Australia has new evidence to suggest that the Antarctic ice sheet could be melting faster than previously thought – which means sea levels will rise more quickly. Continue reading The Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Faster Than Predicted
There are many reasons why you might want house plants. Cleaning your indoor air probably shouldn’t be one of them. Read @Jordan Wilkerson’s article to learn why! Continue reading House Plants Don’t Really Clean Indoor Air
Recently, scientists revealed that bacteria were able to produce a climate cooling gas, which could be useful in mitigating climate change Continue reading New AC for the summer? Bacteria produces climate-cooling gas
Using fossil fuels has led to climate change; however, trees can erase some damage. By maximizing forest coverage on Earth, scientists predict that the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere could be reduced by a quarter—back to levels from a hundred years ago.
Continue reading ‘Branching out’ to counter climate change: how planting trees could save the day