Jessica Orwig | Business Insider | Yahoo Finanace | July 24, 2015
Today, NASA’s New Horizons team — which sent the first spacecraft in history to fly over Pluto last week — revealed the latest set of Pluto mind-blowing images that came with some big surprsies and new mysteries.
Right now, the team is studying the most iconic feature on Pluto — the heart-shaped region informally called “Tombaugh Regio” shown in the lower right portion of Pluto in this high-resolution photo below:
This is the sharpest image yet of the dwarf planet as a whole that we’ve seen, and it reveals something that scientists hadn’t been able to observe before: that the left lobe of Tombough Regio looks very different from the right lobe. It’s more complete and colored-in.
Here’s a close-up. These color photos reveal what Pluto would look like to the naked eye. They’re created by combining images taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera with information collected by the Ralph instrument.
MARCIA DUNN | Yahoo News | July 13, 2015
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show.
On Tuesday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will sweep past Pluto and present the previously unexplored world in all its icy glory.
It promises to be the biggest planetary unveiling in a quarter-century. The curtain hasn’t been pulled back like this since NASA’s Voyager 2 shed light on Neptune in 1989.
What’s in the water being pumped into the ground? Some of it falls under the auspices of confidential business information and therefore is not subject to public release. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Rose Hackman | Guardian UK | Reader Supported News | July 6, 2015
Despite a report that links practice to contaminated drinking water, list of more than 1,076 chemicals used during fracking process remains unknown to public
he fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say.
A report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month found that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can lead, and has led, to the contamination of drinking water. It was the first time the federal government had admitted such a link.
The study, based on “data sources available to the agency”, found levels of any contamination to be small compared to the number of wells across the country, the EPA said.
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WWF | July 2, 2015
Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world, we’re one giant step closer to protecting one of the Earth’s most beautiful and lively places.
A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef.
More than 500,000 WWF supporters from 177 different countries called on world leaders to defend the Great Barrier Reef.
The UNESCO decision requires Australia to deliver “effective and sustained protection” of the reef from threats including reckless industrialization and pollution. Australia is required to provide a first report on progress in just 18 months.
WWF expects a full ban on dumping in the reef’s World Heritage waters to come into force within months.
“Australia has promised to prioritize the health of the reef over damaging activities like dumping dredge spoil,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International.
“UNESCO will be watching to ensure that the condition of the reef improves in coming years, as will the 550,000 WWF campaign supporters and millions of people worldwide who are deeply concerned and want to see a stop to industrial destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.”
Polar bear. (photo: Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
Al Jazeera America | Reader Supported News | July 3, 2015
US Fish and Wildlife Service says species may not survive unless emission of greenhouse gases is curbed
olar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.
“The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process after the agency listed the species as threatened in 2008.
“Short of action that effectively addresses the primary cause of diminishing sea ice, it is unlikely that polar bears will be recovered.”
Halting Arctic warming will require global action, the report said. Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, which is reducing the Arctic’s amount of summer sea ice.