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Solar Eclipse On April 29

Solar Eclipse On April 29

Will anyone see next week’s solar eclipse? On April 29th, an annular solar eclipse occurs over a small D-shaped 500 kilometre wide region of Antarctica. This will be the second eclipse for 2014—the first was the April 15th total lunar eclipse—and the first solar eclipse of the year, marking the end of the first eclipse season. 2014 has the minimum ... Read More »

Climate Change: Researchers Urge Policy Makers Not to Wait

Climate change

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence for the impending dangers of human-made climate change, policy decisions leading to substantial emissions reduction have been slow. New work from Carnegie’s Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira focuses on the intersection between personal and global impacts. They find that even as extreme weather events influence those who experience them to support policy to address climate change, ... Read More »

Storm Surge Could Flood NYC 1 in Every 4 Years, Study Says

Storm Surge Could Flood NYC 1 in Every 4 Years, Study Says

Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study. Whereas sea-level rise, which is occurring globally, has raised water levels along ... Read More »

Poll: Majority of Americans Doubt the Big Bang

Poll: Majority of Americans Doubt the Big Bang

A recent poll asked 1,012 Americans about their confidence in different scientific concepts, and one answer in particular was pretty interesting. When shown the phrase “The universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang,” only 21 percent of the respondents said they were “extremely confident” or “very confident” the phrase was true. Out of five answers, “not at ... Read More »

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest (Video)

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

An analysis of NASA satellite data revealed Africa’s Congo rainforest has significantly declined in greenness over the past decade. The rainforest is the second largest in the world, a NASA news release reported. “It’s important to understand these changes because most climate models predict tropical forests may be under stress due to increasing severe water shortages in a warmer and ... Read More »