Planting forests won’t stop global warming

Planting forests won’t stop global warming

The UN is failing to accurately measure the global climate benefits of preserving forests. As well as providing homes for many species, trees store carbon dioxide that would otherwise warm the planet. With this in mind, the UN set up the REDD programme (Reducing

Small asteroid to whip past Earth on June 27

Small asteroid to whip past Earth on June 27

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth’s surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth’s

Tropical storm Beatriz caused flooding and destruction in Acapulco area

Tropical storm Beatriz caused flooding and destruction in Acapulco area

Hurricane Beatriz brushed Mexico’s resort-studded Pacific coast with powerful rains and winds early Tuesday, flooding streets as tourists hunkered down in hotels. Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell

State of the Ocean

State of the Ocean

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) was established by scientists with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.IPSO is currently compiling the Global State of the Ocean Report, which will collate world-wide marine science to

Secret GM wheat experiments begin in Australia

Secret GM wheat experiments begin in Australia

Australia's first trial of genetically modified wheat and barley is under way near Narrabri, New South Wales in the south-eastern area of the country. The goal of the GM wheat is said to be more nutritious bread (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/gm-wheat-…).How exactly t

Total lunar eclipse on June 15th!

Total lunar eclipse on June 15th!

We’re in the midst of an interesting eclipse trifecta. Partial solar eclipses occur during the New Moons on June 1st and July 1st, which are sandwiched around a total lunar eclipse during the Full Moon on June 15th. Those of you in Europe and elsewhere in the

Wildfires burn across North America

Wildfires burn across North America

Smoke from Arizona fires, including the Wallow Fire, continued traveling toward the northeast on June 8, 2011. As the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 12:10 Central Daylight Time, thick…