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Double Feature: Delta Aquarids And Some Perseids Overhead This Week

Two meteor showers come out of the constellation Aquarius (the Water Bearer), nearest the dim star Delta Aquarii, this time of year: the southern and northern Delta Aquarids. The peak for the southern Delta Aquarids, which are starting Monday and Tuesday, is very gradual, so anytime this week should provide good viewing. The Southern Hemisphere […]

July 29th

Scientific American Raises The Methane Issue: Coal vs. Natural Gas?

Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

July 27th

Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon)

Many thanks for this one to Michael Leunig, an astute observer of Australian society. We found his cartoon on Facebook, attributed to the age.com.au. The omniscient wiki tells us that Leunig is a fifth-generation Australian and a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust […]

July 23rd

Happy 45th Anniversary: Humans Land On The Moon

PlanetSave would be remiss if we didn’t say something today to recognize that 45 years ago humans first set foot on another celestial body. Launched on an expendable multistage liquid-fueled Saturn V rocket on July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 crew left Earth for the first human mission to land on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot […]

July 20th

First light for China’s antediluvian sea monster, Lyrarapax unguispinus

 Lyrarapax unguispinus (artist’s impression, from Nicholas Strausfeld) Paleontologists headed by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science announced an amazing find yesterday in the journal Nature. Near Kunming, southwest China last year, they found beautifully preserved fossil remains of Lyrarapax unguispinus, a half-billion-year-old arthropod now thought to be far-distant kin of modern spiders, scorpions, spiny lobsters—and […]

July 17th

Three Summer Supermoons Of 2014 Start Saturday (video)

Look up this weekend, just as we advised you to for the blood moon and total lunar eclipse in April!  A “Supermoon,” one of the largest moons of the year, will come visiting. Both Friday and Saturday nights should provide good viewing, though the phenomenon actually occurs at 7:25 am EDT Saturday. This July moon is […]

July 11th

OCO-2 Set To Outfox Climate Change Denial

OCO-2 is only a little thing, about 6 ft long, 3 ft in diameter, and less than half a ton in weight (NASA/JPL-Caltech, artist’s conception).  It will be harder to deny the existence of climate change now that NASA has successfully launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2.  A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air […]

July 3rd

Many State Governors With US House In Blocking Climate Action

On Tuesday, one big handy graphic appeared online detailing what every state governor really believes about climate change. The Center for American Progress released an interactive map of the 50 states. It details the sad fact that half of America’s 29 Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress. Tiffany Germain And Ryan Koronowski, who wrote the […]

July 3rd

Seeking Proof Of Intelligent Life In The Universe? (cartoon and essay)

Extraterrestrial life—life that does not originate from Earth—has been a subject of speculation since Copernicus theorized that Earth is not unique in the Universe. Intelligent life in the cosmos is actually a great explanation for the Pyramids, Stonehenge, and a lot of other peculiar structures in the world. (Crop circles, however, remain a mystery to […]

July 2nd

Epic Mission 31 Night Dive Unlocks Secrets Of “Inner Space” (videos)

Underwater habitat at Aquarius Reef Base (photo provided to Flickr courtesy of Stephen Frink, www.stephenfrink.com/) On July 2, 2014, ocean scientists who have spent the last 31 days living in an ocean-floor habitat 63 feet underwater will decompress and return to the surface. They’ve been down there on “Mission 31” intensively studying ocean acidification and climate […]

July 1st

President Takes Down Congress For Climate Timidity (video)

On Wednesday, June 25, President Obama gave a one-year progress report for his climate plan. He presented the original speech on the climate change plan at a dinner with the League of Conservation Voters. On MSNBC, politics commenter Rachel Maddow showed a series of clips of the President’s LCV talk, saying she wasn’t sure if […]

June 30th

Solar For Goodall’s Congo Chimps Needs Crowdfund Help

. The Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary in the Republic of Congo needs some help with solar power. Jane Goodall Institute, founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, runs the sanctuary and wants to install new solar panels to power it reliably. Home to 160 chimpanzees, Tchimpounga currently gets electricity to run lighting, veterinary medical equipment, administrative machinery, […]

June 28th

If An Egg Breaks In The Forest… (photoon)

Did you know it takes about three weeks for a chick to hatch from an egg, sometimes over a month for a duck, but only 11 days for a pigeon? No idea about the dodo or pterodactyl. Your thoughts? (Many thanks to our friends in the Netherlands (forum.audiofreaks.nl) for the above rendition of the internet […]

June 27th

New "Tool for Action" from Climate Reality Project

Climate Reality Project, Cape Verde (UN in Cape Verde on Flickr/Climate Reality Project/Masakazu SHIBATA) Sometimes one website just doesn’t seem able to serve all the goals of a complex, multi-actor organization. The Climate Reality Project had this problem and just unveiled its chosen solution today. We recommend you check it out. With a global movement […]

June 10th

Tallest German Residential High-Rise Will Also Be Solar Aktivhaus

Award-winning proposed Aktivhaus apartment tower at Skyline Plaza complex in Frankfurt (skyscrapercity.com) The European residential high-rise boom has a green twist these days. Magnus Kaminiarz & Cie unanimously won a top design award this spring for a remarkable apartment tower at the Skyline Plaza complex in Frankfurt. Kaminiarz will produce not only the tallest residential […]

June 10th

Air Pollution 101 (infographic)

Did you know that a literally breathtaking 90% of all cancer risks associated with air pollution originate from human transportation? Or that bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the air inside your car 10 times as polluted as ordinary city air? To illustrate the health effects of indoor and outdoor air quality degredation, DistanceLearning.com has come up with […]

June 9th

Rails-to-Trails Gains Steam With $5M For Atlanta BeltLine

Sustainable redevelopment strikes again! The Atlanta BeltLine, one of nation’s largest, widest-ranging urban redevelopment programs, will develop the Westside Trail. Plans call for a three-mile-long, 14-foot-wide concrete multi-use path in the BeltLine’s southwest corridor. As well as a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the US Department of Transportation, which is covering 42% […]

June 8th

Watch Cousteau Ocean Climate Study LIVE in June! (videos)

Fabien Cousteau, ocean explorer and grandson of famed Jacques-Yves Cousteau, began a historic subsea mission on Sunday. He’s studying ocean impacts of climate change (especially acidification, which occurs as the sea absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide), effects of plastic and other pollution on marine life, and overfishing of marine resources, which diminishes the ocean’s biodiversity. You […]

June 3rd