Doyle Rice and Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY Published 9:13 AM EDT Apr 21, 2019 Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. New research and studies out in just the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet. First among them, there's no longer any question that rising temperatures and increasingly chaotic weather are the work of humanity. There's a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming, a February study reported. That means we've reached the "gold standard" for certainty, a statistical measure typically used in particle physics. The mechanism is well understood. Humans burn fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, which release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. CO2 is the greenhouse gas that's most responsible for warming. Study lead author Benjamin Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National … [Read more...] about Earth Day 2019: Climate change is on humans and global warming weather
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IT'S the planet we live on and is home to more than six billion humans and countless other animals and plants. But with climate change and pollution endangering planet Earth, people are being implored to help protect the fragile environment - and one way to help is by taking action, Earth Day 2019. When is Earth Day 2019? Earth Day is held every year on April 22 and in 2019 this is no different. Organisers settled on this date as it is in the spring but does not conflict with the religious holidays of Easter and Passover. It is also said that one of the organisers, Julian Koenig came up with the idea of holding it on April 22 as it was his birthday and the word 'birthday' rhymes with Earth Day. What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection. The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees. The event takes place around the world and it … [Read more...] about World Earth Day 2019 – What is this year’s theme how can you get involved to protect our species?
It's as much of a Christmas tradition as turkey and tinsel, but Doctor Who will not have a Christmas Day special this year. The BBC say with 2018 marking a brand new era for Doctor Who, "it is only right that 2019 kicks off in spectacular style." They add: "To mark the occasion, in this year’s festive episode the Tardis will travel through the time vortex from its traditional timeslot on Christmas Day and will land in style on New Year’s Day." So for the first time since the reboot in 2005, we won't hear the whooshing of the Tardis after we've tucked into a Christmas dinner and it will instead air on New Year's Day at 7pm. The episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. Showrunner Chris Chibnall says: “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family.” As the New Year begins, … [Read more...] about Why isn’t Doctor Who being aired on Christmas Day 2018?
opinion Kathleen Rogers Opinion contributor Published 7:00 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 Christmas Eve marks the 50th anniversary of “Earthrise,” one of the first photos ever taken of our entire planet. Shot by the crew of the Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon, it was a stunning and unexpected holiday present. Even the crew of the space craft, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, were unprepared for what they witnessed. They had spent the better part of the day taking photos of the moon’s surface when Borman turned the spaceship to look at the horizon. The astronauts’ reaction was awe. Anders shouted, “Oh my God, look at that picture over there. Here’s the Earth coming up,” and they grabbed their cameras to take those first remarkable shots, first in black and then quickly in color. The world’s reaction was also awe. Set against a vast and never-ending backdrop … [Read more...] about Earthrise 50th anniversary: Photograph sparked Earth Day, awareness
TONIGHT will be the longest night of the year with the Winter Solstice occurring at around 10.23pm. But how is this day marked, and what is the meaning behind it? Let’s take a closer look… What is the Winter Solstice? The shortest day of 2018 falls on December 21, today. It is known as the winter solstice, marking the day of the year with the fewest sunlight hours. The solstice always falls between December 19 and 22. Most years, it falls on the 21st in the UK, but sometimes it lands a little bit off-kilter, because it takes the Earth 365 and a quarter days to go around the sun. This extra quarter day is why we add a day to the calendar every four years with a leap year - to stop the dates drifting gradually through the seasons. It is worth noting that December 21 is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere – those south of the equator will be marking the Summer Solstice tonight. What is the meaning behind the Winter Solstice? The word “solstice” … [Read more...] about Happy Winter Solstice! Traditions, meaning and rituals behind the shortest day of the year