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LITERATURE: Meet cli-fi. It’s dark, it’s gloomy — and it might help

New Orleans is gone; so is Florida. Oil is outlawed, and the nation is plunged into a second civil war marked by disease and desperate refugees. Climate fiction is a growing genre that might help readers grapple with their anxieties — or add to them.

Air-purifying headphones aim to help urban dwellers breathe easy

Dyson, a company best-known for its innovative line of vacuums and fans, is apparently also interested in providing urbanites with a portable way to filter air pollution. The company recently filed a patent in the UK for a pair of…

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UK Govt.’s Climate Assembly Is Anything But Democratic

The first two meetings of Climate Assembly UK, dubbed a ‘citizens’ assembly’ on climate change, have taken place in Birmingham over the course of a couple of weekends in January and February. The climate assembly has brought together 110 randomly…

Hubble celebrates 30th anniversary with gorgeous 2020 calendar

On May 20, 1990, officials at NASA instructed the Hubble Space Telescope to open its lens for the first time and gaze upon the light of the cosmos. The black-and-white image it captured, a revelation in detail compared to ground-based…

Can Arctic ‘ice management’ combat climate change?

(Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter.

Thousands of exoplanets may orbit supermassive black holes

It sounds unbelievable, but a new study from Kagoshima University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says that exoplanets – thousands of them – could be orbiting supermassive black holes.

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Japanese anime and zoos boost public interest in conservation of real-life animal characters

Animated shows with animal characters — specifically the Japanese anime Kemono Friends — can increase public interest in real wildlife, including boosting donations to conservation programs at zoos. A new national analysis in Japan highlights the potential of entertainment-conservation partnerships to increase public interest in the natural world even as communities become increasingly urbanized.

An alarming amount of toxic mercury can now be found in coastal fog

It’s been nearly 40 years since John Carpenter’s cult-classic horror film, “The Fog,” was unleashed upon the world, and it continues to haunt us in some unexpectedly realistic ways. In the film, a deadly supernatural fog engulfs a California coastal…