Australia only nation to join US at pro-coal event at COP24 climate talks

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to coal – and its unwavering support for the United States – by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations climate talks in Poland. Australia was the only country apart from the host represented at the event, entitled “US innovative technologies …

U.S. Stands with Russia and Saudi Arabia Against Climate Science

KATOWICE, Poland—The United States worked with Russia and Saudi Arabia on Saturday night to sideline climate science in U.N. negotiations, angering nations that say urgent action is needed for their survival. The three countries and Kuwait blocked nearly 200 nations involved in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change from “welcoming” a U.N. …

Protesters disrupt US panel’s fossil fuels pitch at climate talks

A Trump administration presentation extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland has been met with guffaws of laughter and chants of “Shame on you”. Monday’s protest came during a panel discussion by the official US delegation, which used its only public appearance to promote the “unapologetic utilisation” of coal, …

Voyager 2: Nasa announces pioneering spacecraft has left the Solar System

Nasa‘s pioneering Voyager 2 spacecraft has gone interstellar. The craft – which left Earth in 1977 and has been flying through space ever since – becomes only the second ever man-made object to make it out of our galactic neighbourhood. It follows Voyager 1 in venturing out into interstellar space, according to Nasa’s Ed Stone, who made …

Famous musclebound kangaroo named Roger dead at 12: report

Roger was rescued by the owner of the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia from his dead mom’s pouch. (The Kangaroo Sanctuary/Instagram) The adorable red male hit the headlines in 2015 when photos of his muscly body and enormous biceps circulated online. Roger was so ripped he could crush metal buckets with his paws. While …

Sorry Indiana Jones, the Ark of the Covenant is not inside this Ethiopian church

Over the past few days, several media outlets have reported on a centuries-old claim that the Ark of the Covenant — which allegedly held tablets recording the Ten Commandments — is inside a church in Aksum, Ethiopia, called the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and that only the “guardian” of the ark is …

Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms

The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans. Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between …

Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets

The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals. The 414 global investors – which represent US$31 trillion of assets-under-management – say they are deeply concerned about the “ambition gap” that exists between governments’ commitments and what …

Act now to prevent an environmental catastrophe | Letter

In our complex, interdependent global ecosystem, life is dying, with species extinction accelerating. The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct. This desperate situation can’t continue. Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis. If global corporate capitalism continues to drive the international …

Australia’s silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates

As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait. The end of the first week of the …

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors

Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said. The investors include some of the world’s …

Walkers to recycle crisp packets after postal protest

Walkers has said a scheme to recycle its plastic crisp packets is not a publicity stunt but a genuine attempt to address environmental concerns. The company launched the initiative after a social media campaign titled #PacketInWalkers urged the company to make its packaging recyclable. Consumers published pictures of themselves online posting empty crisp packets addressed …

Big Data Gives the “Big 5” Personality Traits a Makeover

From the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to Hollywood, humans have attempted to understand their fellow man through labeling and categorization. There was Hippocrates’s blood, phlegm, yellow and black bile; the classic dramatic archetypes of hero, ingenue, jester and wise man; and, of course, Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda from the famous HBO series …

Noam Chomsky Calls Trump and Republican Allies “Criminally Insane”

I don’t really have heroes, but if I did, Noam Chomsky would be at the top of my list. Who else has achieved such lofty scientific and moral standing? Linus Pauling, perhaps, and Einstein. Chomsky’s arguments about the roots of language, which he first set forth in the late 1950s, triggered a revolution in our …

Canadian Doctors Are About to Start Prescribing Art For Patients’ Health

An unconventional new initiative in Canada will soon allow doctors to literally prescribe art to their patients – by giving them free access to a local museum. Wandering through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), these patients and their loved ones will be able to feast their eyes on the soothing properties of art. …

We Just Got The Closest-Ever Look at The Point of No Return For Our Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers just observed the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy sucking blobs of hot gas toward their doom at 30 percent of the speed of light. That’s an incredible 201 million mph (323 million km/h), which was enough to trigger three powerful bursts of radiation from the cloud. Researchers detected …

Microplastics Have Been Found in People’s Poop—What Does It Mean?

Everywhere scientists have looked for them they have found tiny bits of degraded plastic—including, now, in human poop. New research provides evidence of something scientists have suspected since microplastics were first detected in seafood, salt and bottled water: People are eating plastic particles, and excreting at least some of them. Although the study …