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Climate change has altered the Earth's tilt

Earth's poles are moving — and that's normal. But new research suggests that within just decades, climate change and human water use have given the poles' wandering an additional nudge. Any object's spin is affected by how its weight is distributed. Earth's weight distribution is always changing, it turns out,...
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New study suggests the climate crisis has actually shifted the Earth's axis

Since 2002, researchers have been able to study the causes of polar drift thanks to satellite data. Researchers from the American Geophysical Union analyzed measurements of ice loss and estimates of groundwater use in the 90s along with studies on the pole’s movements. They found that in 1995, the direction...
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The Guardian

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows

The massive melting of glaciers as a result of global heating has caused marked shifts in the Earth’s axis of rotation since the 1990s, research has shown. It demonstrates the profound impact humans are having on the planet, scientists said. The planet’s geographic north and south poles are the point...
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“The Unicorn” – Closest Black Hole to Earth Ever Discovered

Astronomers dub it “The Unicorn,” call it something special. Scientists have discovered one of the smallest black holes on record – and the closest one to Earth found to date. Researchers have dubbed it “The Unicorn,” in part because it is, so far, one of a kind, and in part...
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How did REI spend Earth Month? Glorifying a gas-guzzling SUV

Outdoor retailer REI calls climate change “the largest existential threat facing our members’ enjoyment of life outdoors and the survival of REI Co-op.” The company has pledged to cut its planet-warming emissions in half over the next decade, roughly in line with the commitment made by President Biden at an Earth Day summit Thursday.
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nationalgeographic.com

She visited every country on Earth. Here’s what she learned.

Jessica Nabongo traveled to all 195 nations, the first Black woman to have documented this feat. It all began in Bali. On a two-week vacation there in 2017, Jessica Nabongo was feeling adrift after a career change from corporate desk jockey to entrepreneur. Then she read an article about a traveler named Cassie De Pecol, who had just set the Guinness World Record for visiting every country on the planet in the fastest time. Nabongo realized there was a community of people like her—people who long to set foot in every nation. She wanted to become the first Black woman to do it.
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The Guardian

Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first

Astronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert. It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the...
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Science Now

Microbes are siphoning massive amounts of carbon from Earth’s tectonic plates

A few kilometers below our feet lies a hidden world of microbes whose chemical reactions are shaping the long-term habitability of the planet. A new study suggests some of these microbes are siphoning off massive amounts of carbon as it enters Earth, using it to fuel their own sunless ecosystems. The carbon, prevented from being buried even deeper in Earth, will eventually escape back into the atmosphere—where it could help warm the planet. Researchers say the microbes represent an overlooked factor in efforts to balance Earth’s deep carbon cycle.
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Apple

Apple Celebrates Earth Day 2021

Environmental Justice Challenge for Change with Dolores Huerta and curated content in the App Store, the Apple TV app, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, Apple Maps, and more make it easy for customers worldwide to learn and engage. Today, in celebration of Earth Day 2021, Apple is sharing new ways for...
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whitehouse.gov

A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied together to protect the right of all of us to live free from environmental hazard and harm. On that first Earth Day, they gathered all across America — on college campuses, in public parks, and State capitals — galvanized by a vision of a healthier, more prosperous Nation where all people could thrive. Their untiring spirit sparked a national movement for environmental protection that endures today in the bedrock laws that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and treasured wild places and wildlife.
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Washington Post

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself

Spring has returned to the California coast, bringing with it abundant sunshine and calmer seas. Storm-tossed sands settle. Nourishing cold water floods in from offshore. It is time for a climate superhero to emerge. Giant kelp is among the best organisms on the planet for taking planet-warming gases out of...
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CNBC

Happy Earth Day: Traders share top environmentally friendly investments

In the spirit of the eco-focused occasion, CNBC's "Trading Nation" asked its traders to share their favorite green investments. Michael Bapis, managing director at Vios Advisors at Rockefeller Capital, says exposure to companies that prioritize the environment is an important position in a portfolio. "It's at the forefront of everyone's...
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designboom.com

'I love you earth' + 'mars sucks': two billboards to celebrate earth day 2021

To celebrate world earth day 2021, well-known artist yoko ono and LA-based creative agency activista have each launched billboard artworks, featuring quotes that highlight today’s environmental crisis. standing in various locations across the UK, the billboard series by yoko ono makes a simple yet bold declaration: ‘I love you earth’. meanwhile, activista has installed a billboard outside spaceX’s california headquarters which reads ‘mars sucks’, as an attempt to criticize elon musk’s plans on colonizing the red planet and to emphasize that the earth should be prioritized.
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Vox

10 things we learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

This story is part of Down to Earth, a new Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. This time last April, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the world was coming to grips with the isolation of quarantine and the economic and travel slowdowns that defined the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even now, with the rollout of vaccines, the virus continues to affect our daily lives. And the toll keeps growing: 3 million dead and more than 140 million cases worldwide.
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Newfound super-Earth has speedy orbit around red dwarf star

A newfound exoplanet has been discovered 36 light-years from Earth. The exoplanet, named GJ 740 b, is three times the mass of Earth and orbits a red dwarf star called GJ 740. Each orbit takes just 2.4 days, making it the second shortest orbit of any planet around a red dwarf star discovered so far.
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