Sophisticated technologies bought and used by the good guys can be just as easily bought and used by the bad guys. —> Read More
A new super-size outdoor film follows mountaineers and adventure photographers as they go off trail in Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches, among others. —> Read More
Sea levels are rising slower than expected: Parched land has soaked up trillions of tons of water from melting glaciers, stopping it from ending up in the oceans
Researchers led by Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California used satellite measurements to show the rate of sea level rise has slowed by 22 per cent. —> Read More
The diverse landscapes of the autonomous Community of Madrid in the heart of Spain are evident in this week’s image.
Radio silence from Rosetta’s probe mean chances of re-establishing contact with Philae are “almost zero”
Researchers from the University of Utah developed a new method of creating optics that are flat and thin, yet can still perform the function of bending light to a single point. —> Read More
Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, lies the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny swath of land that’s all but vanished into the Gulf of Mexico.
Over the last half-century or so, the island has fallen victim to irresponsible oil and gas extraction practices and the effects of climate change. Many of its residents — members of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Native Americans — have been forced to flee.
“What you see of the island now is just a skeleton of what it used to be,” Chris Brunet, a tribal council member and lifelong island resident, told The New York Times in a mini-documentary called Vanishing Island in 2014.
A recent federal grant, however, will allow the state-recognized tribe to resettle on higher ground, making it the first community of official climate refugees in the United States, according to Indian Country Today.
Late last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1 billion for resilient infrastructure and housing projects as part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition. On the list is $52 million for the Isle de Jean Charles tribe to relocate to a “resilient and historically-contextual community,” HUD wrote.
Since the 1950s, the tribe has lost 98 percent of its land to rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding. Experts suspect the island will be completely submerged within 50 years, Houma Today reports.
Albert Naquin, chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, has been fighting to secure funding for 13 years and said the money will allow the tribe to reestablish community, something that — like their historic island home — is being washed away.
It’s often assumed that exotic metals and minerals critical to clean energy technologies are more price volatile than more common commodity metals. They’re mined in much smaller quantities and often as by-products of other high-volume production materials, and even slight changes in production, demand, and consumer end-uses can greatly affect markets. —> Read More
Although slavery was formally abolished in the United States in 1865, it was nearly a century until African Americans were firmly established in the country’s middle class. This development started in Washington, D.C. during World War II, when African Americans were hired for federal jobs, said Frederick Gooding, an NAU assistant professor of ethnic studies. —> Read More
Ozone hole to reach record levels: Cold air and old pollutants could combine to produce giant gap in Earth’s protective layer
Environmental scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany are predicting the hole (pictured in red) could grow larger this spring and even extend as far south as Europe. —> Read More