It can seem like flying across the surface of a distant, frozen planet, which you might expect from NASA. But this flight is a lot closer to home – just 1,500 feet above the most remote place on Earth: Antarctica, where the frozen wastes are becoming less frozen all the time. As NASA scientist John Sonntag says, they're not here for the view. "It's because humanity, the nation and the race, basically, we need to know what's happening to the climate, and specifically to sea level," said Sonntag. And a lot of what's happening to sea level starts at the poles, where that ice is either liberated or sequestered … melted or frozen. NASA's "Operation IceBridge" flies planes to Antarctica from South America to study how fast that continent's ice is melting. For a decade this time of year, NASA has been flying to Antarctica out of Punta Arenas, Chile, in a 50-year old DC8 jammed with high-tech equipment and highly-trained scientists: The world's hottest climate science in the … [Read more...] about Climate Diaries: The hottest climate science in the world’s coldest place
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In the animated film "Rio," a Spix's Macaw named Blu flies all the way from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro because he's the last living male of his species and that's where Jewel, the last living female, lives. Blu and Jewel ultimately fall in love, have a baby and the movie ends happily – with the hope that the literal lovebirds can save their species. In the real world, however, Blu would've been too late. A new study by BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations that strive to conserve bird species around the world, reveals that in recent years several bird species have lost their fight for survival. And sadly, one of those species is the beautiful Spix's Macaw. The species is now considered extinct in the wild, although some of the birds survive in breeding programs. While the vast majority of bird extinctions in recent centuries have occurred on isolated islands, five of the eight highlighted by this study occurred in South America – four … [Read more...] about Blue macaw parrot that inspired “Rio” is now officially extinct in the wild
Is the presidency just too big to handle? John Dickerson, co-host of "CBS This Morning" penned a lengthy cover story for The Atlantic on how the magnitude of the office itself might be its own greatest impediment. He sat down with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg for an interview in the new "Face the Nation" studio to dive deep into the scale of the presidency. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: Hello, and welcome to the first and possibly last edition of "Face the Atlantic." I'm Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic and my guest is John Dickerson, Atlantic contributing writer who also has a day job at CBS, co-host of "CBS This Morning," former moderator of "Face the Nation" and author of The Atlantic magazine's cover story, "How the Presidency Became Impossible." And we're going to talk today about the presidency. John, you know more about the presidency than many people including presidents. It's disconcerting how much you know about the presidency. So let's just jump … [Read more...] about POTUS: The hardest job in the world?
Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg Published 8:48 am, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Photo: Peter Dejong, STF Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo, a flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell, flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. FILE - In this Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo, a flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell, flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo: Peter Dejong, STF Shell sees off controversial votes on climate change, CEO pay 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Royal Dutch Shell Plc has seen off the two most debated issues at its shareholder meeting -- the boss’s pay and responsibility in tackling climate change. But not without a degree of drama. The company won the backing of about 94 percent of shareholders to not … [Read more...] about Shell sees off controversial votes on climate change, CEO pay
Last summer, Ryan Coonerty, a county supervisor in Santa Cruz, got word that the neighboring county of San Mateo was about to take a bold step in adapting to climate change. Rising seas are already eroding San Mateo’s coast, and the county will need to spend billions of dollars on new sea walls and other infrastructure to protect itself in the years to come. So in July, San Mateo, along with Marin County and the city of Imperial Beach, sued 37 fossil fuel companies, arguing that they should help pay for the damage their products cause. Santa Cruz had also been feeling the effects of climate change. Waves were taking chunks out of coastal roads, Coonerty says, destroying utility pipes beneath them. The sea wasn’t the only problem: there was a years-long drought, followed by historic wildfires, followed by unusually intense winter storms, which triggered landslides causing $140 million in road damage and cutting off entire neighborhoods. “We’ve never had storm … [Read more...] about Better climate science has opened the door to lawsuits against Big Oil