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Microsoft pledges to be 'carbon negative' by 2030 Microsoft pledges to be 'carbon negative' by 2030
- January 17, 2020

Microsoft will then go further with the goal of removing from the environment by 2050 all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or via electricity consumption since it was founded in 1975. "We will fund this in part by expanding our internal carbon fee, in place since 2012 and increased previous year, to start charging not only our direct emissions, but those from our supply and value chains". (more...)
Bizarre Objects Discovered Near Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole - Bizarre Objects Discovered Near Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole - "Really Strange Signature"
- January 17, 2020

And they're on wildly different orbits from G1 and G2 (pictured above); all together, the G objects have orbital periods that range from 170 years to 1,600 years. It's possible that numerous stars we've been watching and not understanding may be the end product of mergers that are calm now, " Ghez said . "Something must have kept [G2] compact and enabled it to survive its encounter with the black hole. (more...)
ADFD grants US$105m towards renewable energy projects ADFD grants US$105m towards renewable energy projects
- January 16, 2020

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) today confirmed the allocation of approximately United States dollars 105 million for eight renewable energy projects in developing countries in the seventh cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. (more...)
Previous year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA says Previous year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA says
- January 16, 2020

Earth has been on a clear warming trend for decades now, and 2019 did nothing to change that. In 2019 temperatures around the world were higher - about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.98 degrees Celsius - than the historical average, according to data from NASA and NOAA . (more...)
SpaceX's (hopefully) final unmanned Crew Dragon test takes place this weekend SpaceX's (hopefully) final unmanned Crew Dragon test takes place this weekend
- January 15, 2020

According to SpaceX, the test went off without a hitch 13 consecutive times. The brief static fire test is part of the standard prelaunch procedure and is one of the key milestones before the actual liftoff. SpaceX's 19th Dragon resupply charge to the International Space Station ended Tuesday with the capsule's splashdown within the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles with practically 3,600 kilos of cargo and experiments. (more...)
Ocean Heat Equals '3.6B Hiroshima Atomic Bombs' Ocean Heat Equals '3.6B Hiroshima Atomic Bombs'
- January 15, 2020

Bleached corals in the Pacific Ocean in May, spurred by unusually warm ocean temperatures . "The amount of heat we have released into the world's oceans in the past 25 years is equivalent to 3.6 billion Hiroshima atomic bomb explosions", wrote the study's lead author , Lijing Cheng, from the Beijing Institute of Atmospheric Physics. (more...)
Greta tweets with #StopAdani, asks Siemens to pull out of Australia mine Greta tweets with #StopAdani, asks Siemens to pull out of Australia mine
- January 15, 2020

By Monday afternoon, # Siemens and #Siemensfuelsfire were the two most commonly treading topics on Twitter in Germany, with one user stating that Siemens does not just "know about the climate crisis, but chooses to directly support the expansion of coal mining". (more...)
Smoke from Australia's fires will circle the world Smoke from Australia's fires will circle the world
- January 15, 2020

Professor Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Exeter, said human-induced climate change will cause an extra 20 to 30 severe fire danger days each year in the future. "Let's move on and get over this", Ms Andrews said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. "I think the Prime Minister has been very clear about leaning into climate change as a real issue that we need to address as a nation and that we need to address as ... (more...)
Tech's Latest Superhero: Living Robot made from Frog Stem Cells Tech's Latest Superhero: Living Robot made from Frog Stem Cells
- January 15, 2020

On the other side, the heart muscle cells enable them to move. Aside from these immediate practical tasks, the xenobots could also help researchers to learn more about cell biology - opening the doors to future advancement in human health and longevity. (more...)
The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires The grim clear up of dead wildlife in Australia's bushfires
- January 15, 2020

A new poll shows the popularity of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declined sharply amid deepening anger at his government's handling of the bushfires that have killed 28 people, razed more than 11 million hectares of land and destroyed 2,000 homes in the country's east. (more...)
Oldest solid material on Earth discovered inside meteorite Oldest solid material on Earth discovered inside meteorite
- January 14, 2020

The paste of ground-up meteorite released a stench "like rotten peanut butter", study co-author Jennika Greer , a graduate student at the Field Museum and the University of Chicago , said in a statement . What's more, numerous grains weren't traveling through space alone; they journeyed as clumps, "almost like granola clusters", according to Heck. "But rarely there is an interaction, [and] one of those protons can hit an atom in the grain". (more...)
Nearly Seven-Billion-Year-Old Nearly Seven-Billion-Year-Old "Real Stardust" Found, Say Scientists
- January 14, 2020

Now, a new study has identified the oldest known solid material on the planet that precedes the formation of the Solar System. A meteorite that crash landed near Melbourne fifty years ago was carrying space dust older than the solar system itself, new research suggests. (more...)
Australia turns from defence to offence in wildfire battle Australia turns from defence to offence in wildfire battle
- January 14, 2020

Thousands of protesters gathered in Sydney and Melbourne on Friday calling for Morrison to be sacked and Australia to take tougher action on global warming. While the fire threat is most acute in rural communities, wildfire smoke that has choked some of Australia's largest cities is a reminder to many urban Australians of the unfolding disaster. (more...)
17-year-old discovers a planet on third day of NASA internship 17-year-old discovers a planet on third day of NASA internship
- January 13, 2020

A NY teen had the internship of a lifetime last summer when he discovered a new planet. Cukier said of the discovery: "About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. TOI 700 d is one of three planets orbiting a star known as TOI 700. On Monday, their findings were presented at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu. (more...)
NASA welcomes 13 new astronauts under Artemis Program NASA welcomes 13 new astronauts under Artemis Program
- January 13, 2020

As astronauts, they will collaborate with teams now in space to develop spacecraft, and eventually join the list of about 500 people who have been in space. NASA plans to send the first woman and next man to the surface on the Moon by 2024. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, as well as master's degrees in space studies, flight test engineering, and defence studies. (more...)
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he shouldn't have gone to Hawaii Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he shouldn't have gone to Hawaii
- January 13, 2020

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, January 5, 2020. The death raised the toll from Australia's bushfires to at least 27, even as firefighters took advantage of cooler conditions to conduct backburning and strengthen containment lines. (more...)
Hong Kong tightens controls following pneumonia outbreak in China Hong Kong tightens controls following pneumonia outbreak in China
- January 13, 2020

As reported by CNBC , WHO in a statement said, "The initial information about the cases of pneumonia in Wuhan .pointed to a coronavirus as a possible pathogen causing this cluster". SARS killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong over the winter of 2002-2003. "The first data on cases of lung disease in Wuhan - in particular the activity, location and symptoms of the infected people - indicate that a corona virus is a pathogen that could be the cause", in response to ... (more...)
Pallone Applauds House Passage of PFAS Action Act Pallone Applauds House Passage of PFAS Action Act
- January 12, 2020

The bill is expected to pass the House with bipartisan support. If President Donald Trump signs the bill into law, the Act would set the EPA to regulate and clean up PFASs, the chemicals concerning concern across the U.S. The House of Representatives will reconsider H.R. 535 on January 10, according to the news release . "This purely partisan, anti-science regulatory framework is unworkable ..." There are close to 5,000 types of PFAS , according to the Food and Drug Administration , ... (more...)
Trump announces sweeping changes to key environmental law Trump announces sweeping changes to key environmental law
- January 12, 2020

The law was signed by Richard Nixon in 1971 following national outrage over the 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara, California. "NEPA has provided generations of Americans a say in federal decisions that impact the air we breathe, the water we drink and the public lands we cherish", Cantwell said in a statement. (more...)
The Chinese Paddlefish, Which Lived for 200 Million Years, Is Now Extinct The Chinese Paddlefish, Which Lived for 200 Million Years, Is Now Extinct
- January 11, 2020

It was last seen in the wild in 2003, and declared completely extinct based on the findings of an expert panel assembled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Shanghai last September. A National Geographic report cited study leader Qiwei Wei of the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, saying that fish extinction is "an irreprehensible and reprehensible loss". (more...)

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