The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which operates a symbolic Doomsday clock, today moved its minute hand a half-minute closer to the final hour. It had been at three minutes before the hour; now it is at two-and-a-half minutes before the hour. In a New York Times op-ed article, two scientists involved in the decision commented, "Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released a beautiful new set of images of Earth, culled from its GOES-16 satellite. Although the images are gorgeous, the real achievement of GOES-16 satellite is its sophisticated forecasting, enabling scientist to better predict severe weather on Earth.
Here's Elizabeth Kolbert of The New Yorker on the irony of Scott Pruitt's Senate confirmation hearing for the position EPA head occurring on the same day that NASA and NOAA announced that 2016 had been warmest year since record keeping began.
NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) today jointly announced that 2016 had been the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015 which had also set a record.
Can there be any doubt that this is a desperately serious global warming trend?
Here's a Washington Post article detailing the dangers posed to the environment by improperly recycled electronic devices. The article notes that health concerns for communities near such burn/recycle areas include infertility, childhood development problems, impaired lung function, liver and kidney damage, inheritable genetic damage and mental health problems
On its way out, the Obama White House recommended research into the controversial concept of geoengineering as a means to slow or reverse global warming. New York Times story here.