Science

Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Leer en español By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG April 19, 2017 The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and far more, largely in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is generating its way into the Arctic. In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, a group of researchers from the University of ...

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Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH April 19, 2017 “We’re secure. From this one particular.” That was a quote from NASA’s planetary defense officer, Lindley Johnson, after a huge asteroid soared narrowly — by cosmic standards — previous the Earth on Wednesday morning, the closest approach by such an object in far more than a decade, according to scientists at NASA. The asteroid, discovered three ...

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Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration

By REED ABELSON April 18, 2017 Well being insurers pressed Trump administration officials on Tuesday to continue billions of dollars in subsidies for low-revenue people buying plans beneath the federal overall health care law, but left with practically nothing that would dissipate the fog of uncertainty hanging over the industry. The insurers have been closely watching as President Trump and congressional Republicans ...

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When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty

When Rising Seas Transform Danger Into Certainty By BROOKE JARVIS April 18, 2017 Larchmont-Edgewater, a Norfolk, Va., neighborhood often plagued by floods. The property in the center has been raised above flood levels the one particular at left has not. The Climate Situation By BROOKE JARVIS April 18, 2017 In 1909, a group of Virginia developers placed an ad in The Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch announcing ...

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Is It O.K. to Engineer the Environment to Fight Climate Change?

Is It O.K. to Engineer the Atmosphere to Fight Climate Alter? By JON GERTNER April 18, 2017 The Climate Issue By JON GERTNER April 18, 2017 For the past handful of years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special engines that allow them to fly safely around the stratosphere at an altitude of 70,000 feet, ...

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More “severe violators” designated by OSHA [The Pump Handle]

OSHA’s list of poor actors has two new members. I just occurred upon an updated list on the agency’s site of the employers OSHA designates as “severe violators.” It indicates the two organizations had been added in the 4 weeks following President Trump’s inauguration. The list is dated April 7, 2017. Mosier Industrial Services was involved in the gutting of ...

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10 Reasons Why You Should March For Science (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“We’ve arranged a international civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technologies. We have also arranged things so that practically no a single understands science and technologies. This is a prescription for disaster. We may get away with it for a whilst, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and energy is going to ...

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Democrats: Do these things [Greg Laden's Blog]

A lot of folks are providing cost-free suggestions to the Democratic Party these days. This is organic in the wake of a resounding defeat, specially a defeat that was snatched so clumsily from the jaws of victory. I gave some suggestions a while back (see: Why Trump Won And How To Repair That For Future Elections). Because then, I’ve spent ...

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Global Warming Is Warming [Greg Laden's Blog]

The most current data from NASA GISS has come out, displaying a surprise outcome for the month of March. Hat tip to Jeff Masters of Wunderground for sending this info. He’ll almost certainly be blogging on it soon. The surprise is that March, whilst expected to be warm due to human triggered greenhouse gas pollution, turned out to be very ...

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