ESA launches world’s first mission to explore the "atmospheres of hundreds of planets"

March 23, 2018 by  
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Behold a brand new era of space exploration. The European Space Agency (ESA) just selected the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) mission from three candidates to launch what Nature describes as the “world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying the atmospheres of exoplanets.” The four-year, $552 million will launch on the Ariane 6 rocket in 2028. The agency said we’ve found thousands of exoplanets with a massive range of sizes, masses, and orbits, but we haven’t uncovered a pattern connecting such characteristics to the parent star’s nature. “In particular, there is a gap in our knowledge of how the planet’s chemistry is linked to the environment where it formed, or whether the type of host star drives the physics and chemistry of the planet’s evolution,” according to ESA. Related: Kepler data reveals 20 potential habitable worlds ESA plans to zero in on hot and warm planets, “ranging from super-Earths to gas giants orbiting close to their parent stars.” Nature said a spectograph will scrutinize light filtering through an exoplanet’s atmosphere while it passes by its host star, “revealing chemical fingerprints of gases that shroud the body.” ARIEL could detect signs of water vapor, methane, and carbon dioxide, and also measure exotic metallic compounds. ESA says such findings could help place an exoplanet in context of a host star’s chemical environment. ESA Director of Science Günther Hasinger said in the statement, “ARIEL is a logical next step in exoplanet science, allowing us to progress on key science questions regarding their formation and evolution, while also helping us to understand Earth’s place in the universe .” + ESA’s Next Space Mission to Focus on Nature of Exoplanets Via Nature Images via ESA/ATG medialab, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO and NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech

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This lawyer wants Big Oil to pay for climate change

December 26, 2017 by  
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Steve Berman is perhaps best known for winning a $206 billion settlement from tobacco companies in the 1990s, although he’s also taken on big companies like Enron and Volkswagen. Now he’s setting his sights on fossil fuel companies. Vice spoke to Berman about a lawsuit demanding five of the most powerful oil companies in the world pay for causing climate change . Berman, the managing partner of Hagens Berman , is one of the attorneys representing San Francisco and Oakland in two lawsuits filed against BP, Chevron, Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, and ConocoPhillips “alleging that the Big Oil giants are responsible for the cities’ costs of protecting themselves from global warming-induced sea level rise , including expenses to construct seawalls to protect the two cities’ more than five million residents,” according to Hagens Berman. Related: UNEP chief: Polluters should pay for environmental destruction, not taxpayers The case suggests Big Oil borrowed moves from Big Tobacco, which researched cancer even as tobacco companies denied cigarettes were harmful. Berman has evidence that Exxon , for example, knew burning oil leads to global warming in the 1950’s – and oil companies worked to protect Arctic pipelines and offshore oil rigs from the impacts of climate change even as they denied the science. Vice pointed out no one has yet won a similar lawsuit. A Chevron spokesperson told Vice, “Should this litigation proceed, it will only serve special interests at the expense of broader policy, regulatory, and economic priorities.” Berman failed to win a lawsuit like this one in 2012, when he attempted to hold fossil fuel companies including Exxon responsible for the sea level rise threatening Kivalina, Alaska. A federal court dismissed the case; United States District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong wrote, “There is no realistic possibility of tracing any particular alleged effect of global warming to any particular emissions by any specific person, entity, group at any particular point in time.” Leaps in climate science since then could help Berman in this new lawsuit. Researchers have calculated nearly two-thirds of greenhouse gases emitted during the past 150 years can be connected back to 90 companies; BP, Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, and Shell are in the top ten, according to Vice. Berman told the publication, “We have better science . We think causation will be easier to prove.” Via Vice and Hagens Berman Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

August 21, 2017 by  
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Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions refuse to accept mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures . In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information – including the so-called Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). The climate science denying group recently admitted to providing false data in an interview with the BBC. On August 13, 2017, the climate science denying think tank admitted to sharing “erroneous” temperature data to support Lord Lawson’s false claims he made to the BBC that global temperatures are not rising. The interview was immediately criticized by both the media and scientists, reports DeSmog . This is because Lawson was wrong to claim that the average global temperatures have “slightly declined” since 2007. In reality, the global surface temperature over this period has increased. 2014, 2015 and 2016 are now the three hottest years on record. Related: Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion-dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars Screenshot of GWPF tweets taken on August 14, 2017. Three days after the interview, the climate change denial group tweeted that it was “happy to correct the record.” It has since removed the tweet, as requested by climate scientists Ed Hawkins . Thanks for acknowledging this Benny. Are you could to delete the original tweet so that this erroneous claim doesn't spread further? — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) August 13, 2017 Indeed. My bias, my mistake. — GWPF (@thegwpfcom) August 13, 2017 The tweets reveal that the graph was originally produced by US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who is an adjunct scholar of the libertarian group the Cato Institute. Weather forecaster and climate science denier Joe Bastardi later published the graph. Both Bastardi and Male work for the private weather consulting firm WeatherBell Analytics , which is funded by climate change deniers such as the Koch brothers. After admitting to fabricating data, the GWPF immediately tweeted that the rest of Lawson’s claims to the BBC were true — despite many being demonstrably false. Additionally, the group went right back to proclaiming that climate change is a hoax. While the situation is frustrating, at least in this instance it has been verified that  global temperatures are, in fact, increasing. Via Desmog Images via Pixabay

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Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

August 21, 2017 by  
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Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience. Winner of the RTFA 2017 Awards, Shi-An was constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle in Kyoto , one of the most prestigious flat land castles constructed in the early 17th century. The round teahouse is built solely from “washi” paper, a traditional Japanese paper made from particular plant fibers, and evokes a contemporary feel within a traditional setting. Large pieces of washi paper, measuring 500mm by 1,000mm (1.64 feet by 3.28 feet), were folded eight times to create triangular units that can be inserted together with other units without the need for adhesives. The nearly seven-foot-tall teahouse can be easily constructed, deconstructed, and transported. Related: Beautiful timber pavilion unfolds like origami “This nomadic small tea house engages the spatial experience embodying the idea of Japanese simplified beauty which addresses momentality and intangibility in nature,” wrote the architects. “The cellular structure metabolizes its own body like living creatures for continuous adaptation to surrounding environments and its uses.” The teahouse features a small opening that requires users to bow their heads before entering as well as a small opening at the top to allow natural light to enter the space. + Katagiri Architecture + Design

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Scientists warn Amazon jungle faces death spiral

March 14, 2017 by  
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A new study reveals that the Amazon rainforest may face a “death spiral” of deforestation and drought over the next century. The data comes from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and while the entire forest is unlikely to disappear from the face of the Earth, large parts of the region are currently considered to be at risk. The study explores what might happen as climate change causes the region to experience more frequent and more intense dry seasons. While it may seem obvious that reduced rainfall causes trees to die off and forests to shrink, it’s also been shown that forest loss intensified regional droughts as well. When these two factors occur together, it can cause a self-reinforcing feedback loop that could wipe out large portions of forest. Related: A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest It’s unclear exactly how much of the Amazon is at risk – computer models show this type of forest dieback could threaten up to 38 percent of the Amazon basin. However, researchers stress that eventually most of the Amazon forest could potentially be at risk. The future isn’t completely without hope, however: the study also found that the more diverse an area’s vegetation is, the less susceptible it is to the effects of the feedback loop. So increasing biodiversity could be a vital tool in protecting the Amazon – and other vulnerable regions – from the worst effects of climate change . The full study has been published in the journal Nature Communications . Via The Independent Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Rogue NASA Twitter account strikes back at Donald Trump

January 27, 2017 by  
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Yet another “rogue” Twitter account has cropped up in response to Donald Trump’s efforts to muzzle government agencies: this time, Rogue NASA is taking to social media to spread climate science. The new, unofficial account is one of a number of accounts purporting to be run by national park employees in their off hours. While the account makes clear in its bio that it’s not run by government employees, its mission is clear: to spread information about climate change in the event that Trump orders the agency to go silent.

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Trump bans EPA and USDA scientists from communicating with the public

January 25, 2017 by  
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In a set of chilling memos, staff at the Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture were banned from all communications with the public this week. The memos forbid government scientists from speaking to reporters about their work, writing press releases, posting blog updates, or updating the agencies’ social media accounts. The EPA was also ordered to suspend all new business activities – including awarding any new contracts or grants. Voices within Donald Trump’s administration claim that this is simply a temporary measure, aimed at bringing the agencies’ communications in line with the new administration’s priorities. But with no information flowing out of the EPA, state agencies are concerned that the media blackout and grant freeze will prevent them from carrying out critical work to protect clean drinking water, test schools for lead, and revitalize toxic waste sites. Jeff Ruch, executive director for the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told the Boston Globe that these orders go far beyond those issued during previous presidential transitions. Related: Trump may ban the Environmental Protection Agency from funding scientific research Many fear that the gag order may be extended indefinitely, much like the years-long gag order placed on Canadian scientists under Stephen Harper’s administration. Though it’s been reversed by the country’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, during the Harper years 37% of researchers were prevented from speaking to the public or media about their work, and 24% say they were directly asked to exclude or alter information. The policy caused Canadian media coverage of climate change to drop by 80% during those years, a terrifying prospect at a time when the planet is hitting record temperatures for the third year in a row . It should go without saying that altering or suppressing scientific information to fit Trump’s pro- fossil fuel agenda could be devastating to our ability to understand and respond to climate change and natural disasters. In fact, as Mashable points out , the gag order goes against the agencies’ own ethics policies, which encourage employees to promote scientific standards and communicate with the public about their research. Perhaps that’s why, as soon as the recent memo was made public , the USDA disavowed the policy and reiterated its mission to make government science available to the public. Related: Trump’s EPA pick put industries before federal environmental policies While this seems to be a positive development, environmentalists and anyone who values scientific accuracy should remain on guard. It’s clear that Trump and his cabinet have a vested interest in denying climate science and suppressing any information about it from reaching the public. Those wishing to take action to help defend government science in the US may want to check out the Scientists’ March on Washington that is currently in the planning stages. Via The Boston Globe Images via Audio Luci Store and US Army RDECOM

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Ikea, Sony commit with 112 others to science-based climate goals

December 8, 2015 by  
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A slew of multinationals pledged Tuesday at COP21 to link emissions goals formally to climate science.

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Setting up the climate chessboard

December 8, 2015 by  
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Which pieces advanced in 2015? What will their moves be in 2016?

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How ‘third way’ technologies can help turn tide on climate

December 8, 2015 by  
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How can we mimic the earth’s natural carbon-removing processes?

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