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Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before The planet's largest ice sheet is now losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year ― a threefold increase from less than a decade ago. From 1992 to 2011, Antarctica lost almost 84 billion tons of ice a year (76 billion metric tons). [Full Article...]

Mars dust storm hits Opportunity rover

Mars dust storm hits Opportunity rover We are so much concerned as it is a loved one for us. Dust storms are a frequent feature on Mars, occurring in all seasons. Besides Curiosity and Opportunity on the surface, a whopping six orbiters circle the red planet, gathering data for NASA, the European Space Agency, Russia's Roscosmos, and the Indian Space Research Organization. [Full Article...]

Antarctica Has Lost 3 Trillion Tonnes of Ice Since '92

Antarctica Has Lost 3 Trillion Tonnes of Ice Since '92 And from 2012 through 2017, the continent - the world's largest ice sheet - lost 219 billion tons of ice every year. The amount of ice lost is nearly three times more than in the 2002-2007 period, the report said . ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, commented, "CryoSat and Sentinel-1 are clearly making an essential contribution to understanding how ice sheets ar... [Full Article...]

EPA Administrator Gets Cold Shoulder From Corn Growers

EPA Administrator Gets Cold Shoulder From Corn Growers Pruitt, Inhofe told the Post , would be "in a very awkward position not to answer to me, and to answer me truthfully". Both Inhofe and Pruitt are Oklahoma Republicans who were sharp critics of Obama-era environmental regulations. Asked about the matter Tuesday, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement, "I would refer you to outside counsel". An EPA spokesperson was not immediately availab... [Full Article...]

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast

Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexican coast On the Atlantic side, Subtropical Storm Alberto slammed into the Mexican Caribbean in late May, forcing the evacuation of oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico and killing nearly 10 people in Cuba and in the U.S. While just last week, Hurricane Aletta kicked off the hurricane season, Hurricane Bud is already strengthening and brewing off the coast of western Mexico , according to an AccuWeather ... [Full Article...]

Newly Discovered Sub-Saturn Planet Has Only 19.5 Days In A Year

Newly Discovered Sub-Saturn Planet Has Only 19.5 Days In A Year The detection also adds to a sparse catalogue of 22 other confirmed exoplanet systems that have a mass and radius in this range, ISRO said . The researchers also found three Earth-sized planets within the K2-239 system, situated at 160 light years from Earth. [Full Article...]

Researchers Report the Earliest Fossil Footprints

Senior author Shuhai Xiao, who is a geobiologist at the Virginia Tech University, says that the new discovery is a crucial step in identifying the first ever animal that grew a pair of legs. Unearthed in Southern China , the footprints are no more than a few millimeters wide, notes Science Alert , and were found in the Dengying Formation , a rich fossil site in the Yangtze Gorges area. [Full Article...]

NASA officials announce Mars Curiosity rover findings

NASA officials announce Mars Curiosity rover findings A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbour may have harboured life. [Full Article...]

Kovind, Naidu, Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution

Kovind, Naidu, Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution Twelve local and worldwide companies have made the commitment to change their packaging as part of World Environment Day . The environment ministry had said the pan-India events include cleanliness campaigns by state governments, cleaning of 24 beaches and 24 rivers in 19 states, making national parks and sanctuaries plastic free, media as well as social media campaigns and organising Envitho... [Full Article...]

NASA looks at commercial side of International Space Station, seeks business partners

NASA looks at commercial side of International Space Station, seeks business partners When it comes to political parties, 70 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans believe that NASA is still vital in the future of the industry, but only 59 percent of the total Republicans and Republican-leaning Americans say the same. [Full Article...]

Swimmer Ben Lecomte begins record Pacific crossing attempt

Swimmer Ben Lecomte begins record Pacific crossing attempt He will also wear a device to test levels of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was hit by a tsunami in 2011. He could face sharks, cold temperatures and storms during the swim, CBS reported. "If we are all aware of it then after it is much easier to take action and to change our behaviour because the solution is in our hands". "The worst thing that can happen is not ... [Full Article...]

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars

In addition, some of the readings could have come from contamination that had tagged along from Earth; others could have been produced in combustion as the sample was heated, which may have been the case in an earlier detection of organics by Curiosity . [Full Article...]

Planet Nine could be a cluster of asteroids sending comets Earth's way

Some of the larger TNOs, including Sedna , are considered "detached objects", meaning they do not have a strong gravitational interaction with Neptune or any other body in the solar system. "This cycle could wind up shooting comets toward the inner solar system-including in the direction of Earth-on a predictable timescale". Using the simulations, they had calculated that the orbits of icy obje... [Full Article...]

SpaceX readies Falcon 9 for early morning launch

SpaceX readies Falcon 9 for early morning launch The launch was, of course, the highlight of the event but the breathtaking photos that followed were the real winners. SES-12 is the latest satellite that SES has launched to that orbital position where it will operate under the authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. [Full Article...]

A Tiny Asteroid Just Hit Earth, Sparking Fireball Over South Africa

A Tiny Asteroid Just Hit Earth, Sparking Fireball Over South Africa A small asteroid slammed into Earth's atmosphere on June 2 just a few hours after it was discovered racing toward the planet, according to NASA . According to the Sky & Telescope , the meteoroid grew into a spectacular fireball while travelling at a speed of 17 kilometres per second. However, the asteroid was determined to be very small and therefore harmless. [Full Article...]

Trump administration taking steps to save coal plants; effect on Colstrip unclear

Trump administration taking steps to save coal plants; effect on Colstrip unclear The American Council on Renewable Vitality, a nonprofit that represents numerous teams that wish to emphasize renewable power sources, stated in an announcement that the administration is intervening to bail out coal and nuclear energy vegetation "which are now not aggressive on their very own". [Full Article...]

Five Things: the next steps for getting the Trans Mountain project done

Five Things: the next steps for getting the Trans Mountain project done Kinder Morgan has threatened to back out of the expansion project by May 31 if Ottawa, B.C. and Alberta can't come to an agreement. "When we are faced with an exceptional situation that puts jobs at risk, that puts our global reputation on the line, our government is prepared to take action", Morneau told reporters. [Full Article...]

Alberto Makes Landfall in Florida Pandhandle

Alberto Makes Landfall in Florida Pandhandle On Monday , Alberto is expected to make landfall tomorrow in the Panhandle of Florida before quickly weakening. Alberto has 35 miles per hour sustained winds and the center is forecast to track north-northwest today and be located just to the west of Huntsville by 1 p.m. [Full Article...]

Canada purchases Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5B

Canada purchases Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5B Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement from Ottawa and says the deal represents a sound investment. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project involves building a new pipeline along the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline running from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia, and expanding the capacity of the terminal in Burnaby. [Full Article...]

Canada to buy major pipeline to ensure it gets built

Canada to buy major pipeline to ensure it gets built It would end at a terminal outside Vancouver, resulting in a seven-fold increase in the number of tankers in an environmentally sensitive area. Last month, Kinder Morgan halted all non-essential spending on Trans Mountain as the Houston-based company faced mounting opposition from B.C. [Full Article...]