Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

NASA

ESA studies human hibernation for space travel

In movies and books, fictional astronauts enter ‘suspended animation’ to cross the vastness of space. Recently ESA investigated how real-life crew hibernation would impact a space mission to Mars.

Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door

(Georgia Institute of Technology) There’s new hope that we aren’t alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. But they’re probably not close by, says a new study on the stability of planetary tilts — and orbits — needed to encourage the evolution of complex life.

Fly me (partway) to the moon

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky, almost to space itself. The trip was a moonlight-gathering mission that has yielded some of the best measurements ever taken of the brightness, or more specifically the surface reflectance, of Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon.

Climate Extremism In The Age Of Disinformation

Do the global warming wars ever change anyone’s mind? I suppose there are a few people whose minds have been changed. As I recall, Judith Curry has said Climategate (now “celebrating” its 10-year anniversary) was her wake-up call that institutionalized…

NASA scientist uses comedy to teach people about global warming – Yale Climate Connections

(Image credit: Climate Elvis – Climate Rock video) Most days, Josh Willis plays a mild-mannered oceanographer. “I study global warming for NASA,” he says. But some people may know him as Climate Elvis. To a rock ‘n’ roll beat, he…

Curiosity’s ‘mind-boggling’ new Mars mystery: oxygen

Scientists are still trying to figure out where Mars’ methane comes from. Now there’s a new mystery that might be connected: unusual fluctuations of oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere, detected by the Curiosity rover.

2020 El Nino could start 18 degree temperature rise

[ click on image to enlarge ] Above image shows a blue long-term trend, based on NASA LOTI 1880-Oct.2019 data, 0.78°C adjusted to reflect ocean air temperatures (as opposed to sea surface temperatures), to reflect a higher polar anomaly (as…

See how much Arctic ice has vanished over the last 25 years

[embedded content] We’ve shown you what Earth would look like if all the ice on the planet melted. Many of our favorite cities would simply disappear. But a new video by NASA and a study by the American Geophysical Union…

Amazon deforestation and number of fires show summer of 2019 not a ‘normal’ year

(Lancaster University) The perceived scale of the Amazon blazes received global attention this summer. However, international concerns raised at the time were countered by the Brazilian Government, which claimed the fire situation in August was ‘normal’ and ‘below the historical average’.An international team of scientists writing in the journal Global Change Biology say the number of active fires in August was actually three times higher than in 2018 and the highest number since 2010.