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Recurring Meteor Shower On Mercury? NASA’s MESSENGER Suggests So

Does the planet Mercury have regular meteor showers like the Earth does? Apparently so, based on recent findings/data from NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft. The “discovery” is coming to us via clues found in the very thin halo of gases that make up the planet’s exosphere — clues found by […]

February 3rd

Weather And Climate — Similarities & Differences

Weather and climate are similar but different. For the most part, they are very distinct phenomena. Below, we talk about the weather first, and then delve into the climate. Weather We measure what’s going on in our atmosphere over a short period of time—usually in a particular place on a particular day—by assessing the weather. Could be […]

August 28th

Best View Of Planet Mercury This Year On Sunday

Mercury, innermost planet of our Solar system (zodiac-astrology-horoscopes.com) Sunday night, May 25, you may want to take a look at the planet Mercury. It’s the best night all year for viewing our feisty little sunmost neighbor from Earth’s northern hemisphere. On this date, Mercury will reach its elongation—the farthest point it travels to the east […]

May 23rd

Funding More Fire Suppression Won't Do The Trick

A firefighter pauses at the $2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, August-September 2013 (Calfire photo on facebook). President Obama released the federal budget for 2015 last week. Overall, it involves the lowest deficit ($514 billion) of his five-year tenure in office and restores some funding cut in last year’s sequester. Parts of the new […]

March 9th

Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used In The Fossil Fuel Industries

A User’s Guide To Oil, Coal, and Gas There are many reasons to reject fossil fuels now, after 200 years of their reign as society’s primary energy source. History will articulate both the benefits provided to human society derived from fossil fuel energy technologies from 1750 to the present — and the extensive costs. In […]

December 7th

Up to 11,000 Lives Saved & Millions Improved from New Coal Standards (Obama Video & Stats)

  Coal is a dirty, dirty energy source. If you count it’s harmful effects on our health, it’s probably the most expensive. Even not counting those, though, it is going to be a smaller and smaller part of our energy mix due to its rising costs and renewable energy’s fast-falling costs. Nonetheless, the billion-dollar industry […]

December 22nd

Global Warming Politics, Environment, and Animal Stories of the Day

Some top global warming and environmental news from the last day or so: Global Warming & Environmental Politics Time to Put People Ahead of Polluters Over on ecopolitology, Sierra Club’s Michael Brune had a good piece on why it’s time to put people ahead of polluters. Senate 2012 Race & Tea Partiers The conservative right […]

February 11th

Climate/Environmental/Animal Activism & Green Living Link Drop

Top climate, environmental, and animal activism stories from around, in my opinion: Industry Group Portrays West Virginia Pro-Coal Rally As a ‘Call to Arms’ There was plenty of early industry backlash to EPA’s historic decision last week to veto the permit for Arch Coal’s planned mega-mine in Appalachia, as I wrote about last week. More recently, […]

January 24th

What's In Your Bloodstream?

[social_buttons] A two-year-old Minnesota biomonitoring program has now confirmed that residents of suburbs east of the Twin Cities have perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in their blood, although government agencies stress that the levels are only slightly higher than those in the general population. Several landfill sites where 3M formerly dumped CFC wastes leaked the chemicals into groundwater […]

August 27th