Climate disasters displaced more people than conflicts in 2020

More people were displaced by weather disasters in 2020 than by violent conflicts. Further, the publication indicates the number of internally displaced people in the world reached the highest level in history. 

Dutch court orders Shell to cut carbon emissions 45% by 2030

Ruling on a suit filed by the Netherlands branch of Friends of the Earth,  a court in the Netherlands ordered energy giant Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 % before the decade is over.

Scientists overhear two atoms chatting

Each atom carries a small magnetic moment called spin. These spins influence each other. If you give one of them a push, they will start moving together in a very specific way. Atoms can feel each other.

Remnants Of Recent Supernovae Found in the Earth's Crust

Recently Australian researchers found the first ever evidence of a plutonium radioactive isotope in the Earth's crust that originally came from outer space, namely a supernova.

Hubble Has Tracked Down the Source of 5 Fast Radio Bursts

FRBs are powerful jets of energy that has mysterious origins. The research team performed a survey of eight FRBs, from which they were able to determine that five of them originated from a spiral arm in their host galaxies.

Map of 226 Million Galaxies Across 7 Billion Light Years

The survey, which included 400 individual scientists from 25 institutions in 7 countries, observed over 226 million galaxies. The goal of the survey was to the distribution of dark matter and the effect of dark energy.

Virgin Galactic rocket plane flies to edge of space

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space plane has conducted the first of three key test flights that should enable it to enter commercial service. Sir Richard has some 600 paying customers waiting to take the same ride.

Space Debris Has Hit The International Space Station

A piece of space debris has hit and damaged part of the International Space Station - namely, the Canadarm2 robotic arm. It's a reminder that the low-Earth orbit's space junk problem is a ticking time bomb.

World's Largest Iceberg Breaks Off In Antarctica

The massive chunk of ice floating in the Weddell Sea was first spotted on May 13 2021, measuring approximately 170 km long and 25 km wide, it boasts a surface area of 4,300 sq km and is currently the world's largest iceberg.

Chinas CO2 pollution now surpasses all developed countries combined

Carbon pollution from China's coal-intensive economy last year outstripped the carbon pollution of the US, the EU, and other developed nations combined, making up a 27 % of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

China lands its first probe on Mars

China’s first Mars rover safely touched down Friday and began sending data back to Earth, joining the United States as the only two nations to successfully land and operate a spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

Blue Origin Will Finally Fly Passengers to Space in July

Blue Origin recently announced they are planning to conduct the first crewed flight with the New Shepard by July 20th. In addition to the Blue Origin astronaut crew, one seat is being set aside for a commercial passenger.

Hydroxyl Seen for the First Time in an Exoplanet

The molecule hydroxyl (HO) is common on Earth. Now, for the first time, astronomers have conclusively detected it in the atmosphere of an ultra-hot Jupiter, WASP-33b. 

Mexico City Is Sinking at an Alarming Rate

Researchers now estimate the clay sheets underneath Mexico City could ultimately compress by 30 % for another 150 years. Not only does this put infrastructure at risk, it also threatens water security for millions of people.

Forests the size of France regrown since 2000

An area of forest the size of France has regrown naturally across the world in the last 20 years, a study suggests. The restored forests have the potential to soak up the equivalent of 5.9 gigatonnes of CO2.