Doomsday clock advances in response to Trump's statements

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." 

Images from GOES-16 satellite

NOAA Full disk image 1.15.17The 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.

IUCN publishes latest update of threatened species list

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) released a new update to its Red List of Threatened Species. The update includes the first assessments of various crops essential to food security, and includes the information that the global giraffe population has plummeted by 40% in the last 30 years.

“Many species are slipping away before we can even describe them,” says IUCN Director General Inger Andersen. “This IUCN Red List update shows that the scale of the global extinction crisis may be even greater than we thought. Governments gathered at the UN biodiversity summit in Cancun have the immense responsibility to step up their efforts to protect our planet’s biodiversity – not just for its own sake but for human imperatives such as food security and sustainable development.”