Danica Coto, Associated Press Updated 9:02 pm PST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 In this Feb. 13, 2019 photo, project technician Robert Tunison, who spends between 30 minutes to an hour per leaf, collects plant physiology data inside the El Yunque tropical rainforest, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. In this corner of northeast Puerto Rico, U.S. scientists are trying to figure out how Earth might recover from extreme weather events amid increasingly warmer temperatures. less In this Feb. 13, 2019 photo, project technician Robert Tunison, who spends between 30 minutes to an hour per leaf, collects plant physiology data inside the El Yunque tropical rainforest, in Rio Grande, Puerto ... more Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 … [Read more...] about Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico
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Harrison Jacobs, provided by Published 8:04 am PST, Thursday, December 27, 2018 Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider After years of instability, tourists are starting to come back to Egypt, a country that was once one of the premier destinations in the world, with gorgeous beaches, breathtaking desert landscapes, arguably, the greatest collection of ruins, temples, and artifacts in the world. I decided to make the trip to Egypt this year after dreaming of visiting since I was a kid. While the historical sights and scenery lived up to expectations, I found myself constantly frustrated by the feeling that I'd been taken advantage of by guides, that tour operators were cutting corners, or that people were outright lying to me. It had long been a dream of mine to visit Egypt. Sitting on the Mediterranean, the country is blessed with gorgeous beaches, breathtaking desert landscapes, a pleasant, warm winter climate, and, arguably, the greatest collection of ruins, … [Read more...] about I’m convinced Egypt could be the greatest tourist destination in the world if it weren’t for a troubling pattern that nearly ruined my trip
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
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?