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Like rings on trees, the Antarctic ice has layers upon layers beneath it, allowing scientists to pinpoint precisely when air, or even volcanic ash, was captured inside. “Snow falls in Antarctica year by year — but there’s no melting going on,” explained glaciologist Dr. Robert Mulvaney of the BAS. “So, the snow builds up and compresses all the years of snow beneath. As we drill down, we’re driving further and further into the past.”
The Polar Zero exhibit will display the ice core and even allow visitors to touch and taste the ice. It “seems more urgent than ever before to ask what it means to touch and be in touch with the earth,” said Binitie.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The European Environment Agency (EEA) found that a majority of EU countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year — despite COVID-19 lockdowns. In addition, 17 EU countries failed to stay below ozone pollution targets, which directly influence global warming; and eight EU countries failed to stay […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer An Indonesian district court ruled yesterday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has neglected Jakarta’s residents right to clean air. In a unanimous ruling in favor of the 32 residents who brought the case, the Central Jakarta District Court ordered Widodo, and six other top officials deemed negligent, to improve […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Decreasing air pollution increases people’s life expectancy by an average of 2.2 years, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that by bringing pollution across the globe down to the World Health Organization’s guidelines, a collective 17 billion years could be added to the planet’s population’s […]
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