Listen to the Sounds of NASA’s Perseverance Rover Driving on Mars
You wouldn’t think sound could travel very well on Mars—what with the planet’s bare wisp of an atmosphere, which is just 1% the thickness of ours. Yet if you could stand without a spacesuit on the Martian surface (not advised) you’d actually hear plenty. That fact has already been confirmed by the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars on Feb. 18 and, using a microphone...
WEDNESDAY 17. MARCH 2021
How Industrial Fishing Creates More CO2 Emissions Than Air Travel
It’s been well established by now that the agricultural systems producing our food contribute at least one fifth of global anthropogenic carbon emissions—and up to a third if waste and transportation are factored in. A troubling new report points to a previously overlooked source: an industrial fishing process practiced by dozens of countries around the world, including the United...
TUESDAY 16. MARCH 2021
Mars Has Much More Water Than Previously Known—But There’s a Catch
There’s never been much mystery surrounding the murder of Mars. Once a warm, wet world, Mars lost its magnetic field more than 4 billion years ago when its outer core cooled, shutting off the dynamo that kept the field in place. That exposed the planet to the solar wind, which clawed away at the atmosphere; and that in turn allowed the planet’s water to sputter off into space. To...
WEDNESDAY 10. MARCH 2021
U.N. Study Finds Just 2.5% of Pandemic Response Funds Committed So Far Will Help Fix the Climate and Environment
In 2020, the colliding crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly visible climate change led many governments, politicians and campaigners to adopt the slogan “build back better,” promising to use economic recovery funds to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and create societies that are more resilient to extreme weather and other climate-related shocks.
TUESDAY 2. MARCH 2021
The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Global CO2 Emissions Didn’t Last Very Long
It’s awfully hard to find any upside in a global pandemic that’s sickened nearly 115 million people and killed more than 2.5 million. But throughout 2020, there was some good news buried in the bad concerning that other great infirmity: the sickly state of the earthly climate. When economies are booming and people are moving, greenhouse gasses soar. It follows then that economic...
FRIDAY 26. FEBRUARY 2021
They’re Healthy. They’re Sustainable. So Why Don’t Humans Eat More Bugs?
‘If This Task Was Urgent Before, It’s Crucial Now.’ U.N. Says World Has 10 Months to Get Serious on Climate Goals
If human beings could learn to add insects to their dinner plate, it would help save the planet
The language of diplomacy rarely allows for a true sense of emotion or urgency. But reading between the lines of the latest report commissioned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—the body representing the 197 member nations of the Paris Agreement to minimize a global average temperature rise this century—the message is clear. The world has precisely...
THURSDAY 25. FEBRUARY 2021
NASA Hid an Inspiring Message on the Parachute of the Mars Rover Perseverance
NASA’s Perseverance rover is the gift that keeps on giving.
In the wake of the rover’s awe-inspiring touchdown on Mars on Feb 18, an event that brought over 20 million people together to watch NASA’s livestream of the successful landing, there was even more to the incredible spectacle than met the eye. An intrepid computer science student and his father cracked a coded secret...
MONDAY 22. FEBRUARY 2021
Watch the Perseverance Rover Land on Mars in This Newly Released NASA Video
When the Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, NASA controllers had only the data-stream coming back from the spacecraft to confirm that the hair-raising descent was going as planned. It was only when they got the “weight on wheels” signal—the confirmation that the rover was on the ground and supporting itself—that they knew the landing was a success.
SUNDAY 21. FEBRUARY 2021
The Science of Awe and the Mars Perseverance Rover
Why feeling awe inspires empathy
FRIDAY 19. FEBRUARY 2021
Lawyers Are Working to Put ‘Ecocide’ on a Par with War Crimes. Could an International Law Hold Major Polluters to Account?
Creating a legal definition of "ecocide" would allow environmental destruction to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court
THURSDAY 18. FEBRUARY 2021
What Perseverance, NASA’s New Mars Rover, Will Be Doing in its Years on the Red Planet
There was plenty of reason to celebrate when the Perseverance rover successfully touched down in Mars’s Jezero Crater this afternoon. But in some ways, the rover showed up too late—3.5 billion years too late, in fact.
Long ago, in an earlier epoch, as studies of Mars have shown, Jezero Crater was Jezero Lake, a 45 km (28 mi.) depression in the northern Martian hemisphere, fed with...
TUESDAY 16. FEBRUARY 2021
Don’t Blame Wind Turbines for Texas’ Massive Power Outages
Don’t point too many fingers at Texas wind turbines, because they’re not the main reason broad swaths of the state have been plunged into darkness.
While ice has forced some turbines to shut down just as a brutal cold wave drives record electricity demand, that’s been the least significant factor in the blackouts, according to Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric...
WEDNESDAY 10. FEBRUARY 2021
NASA’s Climate Communications Might Not Recover From The Damage Of Trump’s Systemic Suppression
Healthy Planet, Healthy People. How Slowing Climate Change Saves Lives
Before former U.S. President Donald Trump incited a hostile insurrection against the Capitol, he’d already smashed wrecking balls through the ranks of government agencies. Among the many casualties was the truth about climate science, which NASA was routinely prevented from sharing with the public that supports it.
I was the senior science editor for NASA’s Global Climate Change...
Just because the United States has re-joined the Paris Agreement doesn’t mean that the world is on a path to a better climate future. The 2015 agreement, in which signatories pledged to collectively cap global warming at “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels, is only the first step. Member nations still have to adopt ambitious carbon emission reduction plans, known...
SUNDAY 7. FEBRUARY 2021
FRIDAY 5. FEBRUARY 2021
Underwater Noise Pollution Is Disrupting Ocean Life—But We Can Fix It
The ocean soundtrack of the popular imagination is a largely silent one, interrupted only by the mournful aria of migrating whales or the acapella vocalizations of dolphin pods.
In fact, the underwater realm sounds more like an orchestra warming up, the cetaceans hitting their high notes while other marine mammals clear their throats against a background of breaking waves. A distant downpour...
FRIDAY 29. JANUARY 2021
The Biden Presidency Could Fundamentally Change the U.S. Space Program
Teed up for a new age space greatness
THURSDAY 28. JANUARY 2021
Agnes Kalibata, the UN’s Food Systems Chief, on How Science Can Transform Farming to Help Save the Planet
The UN Food Systems envoy spoke to TIME about the future of farming and why eating insects will likely remain a fringe idea.
MONDAY 11. JANUARY 2021
mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
The remarkable scientific discoveries behind the new COVID-19 Vaccines
SATURDAY 9. JANUARY 2021
Seeding the Ocean: Inside a Michelin-Starred Chef’s Revolutionary Quest to Harvest Rice From the Sea
There are very few things that Ángel León hasn’t done with the fruits of the sea. In 2008, as a young, unknown chef, he took a loin from one fish and attached it to the loin of another, using collagen to bind the two proteins together. He called them hybrids and served them to unsuspecting…
FRIDAY 8. JANUARY 2021
E.U. Regulators Approve Drawing up To Six Doses From BioNTech-Pfizer Vaccine Vials
2020 Ties With 2016 for Warmest Year Ever Recorded
(BRUSSELS) — The European Union’s drug agency on Friday approved doctors drawing up to six doses from each vial of the coronavirus vaccine made by BioNTech-Pfizer, a move that could speed up the pace of vaccinations in the 27-nation bloc.
The European Medicines Agency said its human medicines committee recommended updating the product information for the vaccine to clarify that each...
For a year of dubious superlatives, 2020 has left the planet one last parting gift. On 8 Jan., the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), which tracks global climate trends announced that not only had 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record, it also capped the warmest decade on record. For Europeans, there was an extra bonus: the region just had its hottest...
TUESDAY 5. JANUARY 2021
Global Warming Already Baked In Will Blow Past Climate Goals, a New Study Says
The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.
But it’s not game over because, while that amount of warming may be inevitable, it can be delayed for centuries if the world quickly stops emitting extra greenhouse gases from the burning of coal, oil and natural...
THURSDAY 31. DECEMBER 2020
2020 Was a Year of Climate Extremes. What Can We Expect in 2021?
2020 was a year of extreme weather around the world. Hot and dry conditions drove record-setting wildfires through vast areas of Australia, California and Brazil and Siberia. A record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season landed a double blow of two hugely destructive storms in Central America. Long-running droughts have destroyed agricultural output and helped to push millions…