Climate, News

Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy': ‘It’s not a coincidence that the creationists also deny climate change’

Bill Nye

A famous science communicator and TV personality, Bill Nye has served the world a huge favor with his programs, books and talks in which he argues in favor of science. Over the years, however, he’s had to handle all sorts of critical situations like last year’s now famous debate against Ken Han on creationism. Most recently, Nye dropped by CBS This…

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Forget Beijing – Delhi has the world’s filthiest air, by far

Children protect their faces from Delhi's smog. The WHO said Delhi had an average PM2.5 level of 153 – London's is a tenth of that. Photo: Hindustan Times/Getty

Owing to its mass deployment of coal burning plants and the  7.4 million cars that fill its roads, Delhi now proudly stands as the city with the filthiest air in the world, and it’s only getting worse. Many agencies have recently issued health warnings for New Delhi residents, including the most vulnerable such as the elderly and children. Worst air in…

Animals, Feature Post

Meet the Pig-nosed Turtle: the most adorable thing you’ll see Today

IMAGE CREDIT: pitcharee/Shutterstock

This amazing animal is the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), a native  to the freshwater rivers, streams and lagoons of the Northern Territory in Australia and parts of southern New Guinea. With its delicate piggy snout, webbed flippers and beautiful colors, this turtle gives to show yet again why Australia is home to some of the world’s wackiest creatures. And although it…

Environment, News

Rich countries giving the oil, gas and coal industres $88 bn a year in subsidies and tax cuts only for new reserves

Rich companies are investing heavily in fossil fuels, much more than in renewables. Image via The Malay Online.

Rich countries are effectively giving oil, gas and coal companies $88 bn a year to explore new reserves, despite clear evidence that those industries are causing global warming. From a climate change perspective, it would be best to leave those reserves in the ground and focus on renewable energy, but despite a huge growth, renewable energy is not yet able…

Environment, Feature Post, News, Technology, World Problems

Robot Underwater Gliders show How Antarctic Ice is Melting

Oceanographers Liz Creed (Kongsberg, Inc.) and Andy Thompson (Caltech) run through a series of tests in preparation for the release of a Seaglider into the Weddell Sea in January 2012. (Credit: Alan Jamieson/Caltech)

Over ninety percent of all the world’s ice is in Antarctica, where it can run 4000-5000 meters deep. Yet, as a result of global warming, the ice sheet is melting at a rapid rate making it the most significant contributing factor to world sea level rise. It’s simple to throw in a label like global warming and be done with it,…

Animals, Biology, News

Flying insects evolved wings 406 million years ago, most complex insect family tree reveals

The Snakefly (Dichrostigma flavipes) didn’t give up limbs to evolve wings. Credit: Dr. Oliver Niehuis, ZFMK, Bonn

An international team of more than 100 scientists has undertaken a most complex and challenging task: they’ve determined the timings and patterns of evolution for most of the insect family tree, until they arrived at at the original insect foremother which lived some 500 million years ago. Thus, the researchers were able to pinpoint when the major insect groups, most still…

News, Renewable Energy

Scotland Produced Enough Wind Energy To Power Every Home In October

Scotland aims to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Wind energy will play a key role in this. Image via Daily Mail.

It may be gloomy, windy and rainy, but the Scottish weather may have its upsides too. in October, Scotland generated enough power from wind to power up every single home in Scotland and a bit more. “Wind turbines alone generated an estimated 982,842MWh of electricity, enough to power 3,045,000 homes in the UK – equivalent to 126% of the electricity…

Climate, News, Pollution

Air pollution much more dangerous than climate change for global agriculture

Relative wheat yield changes, India, 1980-2010. Burney & Ramanathan

Scientists have long known that climate change has a major negative impact on global agriculture, potentially even threatening global food security. But a new research shows that air pollution is actually much more threatening. Anthropogenic climate change caused 3.5% decrease in potential wheat yield on a country level in India; air pollution caused more than 32% decrease in potential yield. Ozone…

Chemistry, Green Living, News, Renewable Energy

Jet Fuel and Enzymes power Fuel Cell for the First Time

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Researchers at University of Utah have demonstrated for the first time a working biological fuel cell that uses enzymes to convert jet fuel into electricity; all at room temperature. Fuel cells are much cleaner and efficient at producing energy than internal combustion engines – theoretically, fuel cells can be up to four times more efficient since the energy conversion is electrochemical…

Environmental Issues, Green Living, News, World Problems

Fossil Fuel divestment movement gathers Momentum

Oxford University students march for the Fossil Free Future campaign in Oxford. Photograph: Ellen Gibson/Fossil Free Future

Ever more municipalities and universities have joined the call to divest fossil fuel, thus reinforcing the message that these institutions are unwilling to back financially an industry that is a potential threat to our very own existence. Örebro in Sweden, Boxtel in the Netherlands and Seattle in the USA are all part of a growing push for cities to pull their…