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Why is Earth’s magnetic north pole drifting so rapidly?

The location of Earth’s north magnetic pole appears to be controlled from deep within Earth by 2 competing blobs in the magnetic field. One is under Canada, and the other is under Siberia. “The Siberian blob is winning,” according to scientists.

Why clouds form near black holes

Clouds in the greater universe are clumpy areas of greater density than their surroundings. Space telescopes have observed these cosmic clouds in the vicinity of supermassive black holes.

Probing materials at deep-Earth conditions to decipher Earth’s evolutionary tale

(DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Scientists have developed a way to study liquid silicates at the extreme conditions found in the core-mantle boundary. This could lead to a better understanding of the Earth’s early molten days, which could even extend to other rocky planets.

Will you see Comet SWAN?

Another comet – Comet SWAN – is creating a buzz. There’ve been some amazing long-exposure photos of it. Will you be able to see it? Maybe, but conditions are challenging. Charts and more here.

Clear reduction in urban CO2 emissions as a result of COVID-19 lockdown

(CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) Cities with dense commercial activities and intense road traffic experienced up to 75% emissions reduction linked to lockdown-measures. The effect of the Covid-19 lockdown on CO2 emissions in seven European cities has been observed by the European infrastructure ICOS – Integrated Carbon Observation System. The study, conducted by an international team and coordinated by Fondazione CMCC and the University of Tuscia, shows a clear temporal connection between the restrictions and the emissions reduction.

Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The proverbs related to environmental issues traditionally used by the local population in rural areas of Spain are currently considered imprecise and unreliable due to climate change impacts. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) that presents a novel way of using the local knowledge embodied in popular proverbs to explore climate change impacts at local scales.