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Humans suck even worse than we thought, study finds

May 22nd, 2021

If you’re a human — and if you’re not, how are you reading this? — you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that you’re part of the problem. Earth is headed toward a cliff and the overwhelming majority of very smart people who study our planet say it’s because we can’t stop messing things …

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NASA will soon have the technology to bust the biggest polluters

April 20th, 2021

Major polluters beware: NASA is watching. The space agency is best known for its exploits in exploring our solar system but NASA also spends a great deal of time looking back down at Earth from above. It’s helped to map the spread of wildfires so officials can plan and strategize, tracked damage caused by floods …

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Fossilized dunes on Mars offer clues to the planet’s history

October 11th, 2020

Images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show dunes on Mars that have been fossilized and frozen in time. The dunes are likely the same as they were roughly one billion years ago, researchers say. Studying the dunes can reveal much about the planet’s climate history. Here on Earth, you don’t have to look far to …

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The ozone hole is smaller than ever

October 22nd, 2019

The hole in the ozone layer is one of the most glaring examples of how human activity has changed Earth in a negative way. Decades ago, scientists realized that the ozone in the stratosphere over the Antarctic was severely depleted and that manmade chemicals were to cause. Worldwide regulations tapering the use of ozone-eating chemicals …

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Mars has meteors to thank for its wispy clouds

June 19th, 2019

Mars isn’t exactly known for being a cloudy place. It’s dry, dusty, and barren, but the planet does indeed have a bit of cloud cover. Figuring out why those clouds exist and where they came from has posed a challenge for scientists, but a new study published in Nature Geoscience suggests that clouds on Mars …

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The worst year to be a human on Earth surprisingly isn’t 2018

November 20th, 2018

If you take a look at recent events you might imagine that scientists searching for the worst year of human existence would have a hard time topping 2018. I mean, there are mass shootings every other day (and sometimes every day), wildfires destroying huge areas, hurricanes wiping communities off the map, and a planet that …