As forests go up in smoke, so will California’s climate plan

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When lightning ignited the bone-dry foothills of the Sierra Nevada last year, forestry crews fanned out across Sequoia National Park to defend an ancient grove of California redwoods from wildfire. As smoke wafted through a forest of giant sequoias, a dozen crew members surrounded the gargantuan, 36-foot-wide trunk of General Sherman—the … Read more

Big student loan forgiveness plan announced by Biden

President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced detailed plans to deliver on a campaign promise to provide $10,000 in student debt cancellation … Read more

South Florida’s monarch population is an ‘unusual beast.’ Some butterflies are endangered, but these plan to hang around

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Jackie Minett is a tour guide at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida, dubbed the “butterfly capital of the world.” She leads children and seniors, some tourists, some Floridians, around the gardens to gawk at butterflies: zebra longwings, emperor butterflies, and the most recognizable of all monarchs. South Florida’s monarch population … Read more

Most but not all Texas coaches say they’ll plan for climate change

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A survey of coaches and athletic officials in Texas indicates many of them would be wise to think harder about the risks their students face as the climate changes, according to Rice University researchers who conducted the statewide study. Rice climate scientist Sylvia Dee led a survey of Texas coaches, trainers … Read more

RelaunchSpace reconstructs NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 moon landing

More than half a century since its pages served as humanity’s first roadmap to the moon, NASA’s Apollo 11 flight plan has been relaunched. More than a simple reprint, this new edition from RelaunchSpace (opens in new tab) has been reconstructed from the ground up so that it appears exactly as it did when it … Read more

NASA says its plan to bring Mars samples back to Earth is safe, but some people are worried

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Since September, the Perseverance rover has been picking along an ancient river delta on Mars, its robotic arms reaching out with whirling steel drill bits to core rocks, scoop soil and suck small amounts of the red planet’s atmosphere into titanium tubes. The plan, under NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calls for … Read more

California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

Electric cars are parked at a charging station in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 13, 2022. California air regulators will take public comment Thursday, June 23 2022, on a plan to slash fossil fuel use and reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Credit : AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File California air regulators are likely to hear a barrage … Read more

California drought resurrects decades-old plan for controversial Sites Reservoir

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A long-dead proposal to flood a bucolic valley north of Sacramento and create a massive reservoir for thirsty Southern California is finding new life—and opposition—amid the effects of climate change and droughting drought. First conceived in the 1950s, the Sites Reservoir project was abandoned in the 1980s—the twilight years of America’s … Read more

Chinese scientists call for plan to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites

Chinese military researchers have called for the development of a “hard kill” weapon to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system if it threatens China’s national security. The researchers drew attention to Starlink’s “huge potential for military applications” and the need for China to develop countermeasures to surveil, disable or even destroy the growing satellite megaconstellation. … Read more

UN floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, addresses the media during a joint press conference with the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Guterres is on Wednesday, May 18 launching a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies as the UN weather agency reported … Read more