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As we celebrate Earth Week, there is no better way to remember why we work so hard to conserve it, than to gaze down at our home from above. NASA collected and published this week a video compilation of the best satellite images and data visualizations they captured over the last year. In these images, you can see the planet changing before your very eyes.
And if you want to stretch your mind further about our living planet, consider the Gaia hypothesis. As explained in an essay by Ferris Jabr, the science writer for The New York Times, “‘Life is not something that happened on Earth, but something that happened to Earth,’ said David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Planetary Science Institute. ‘There is this feedback between the living and nonliving parts of the planet that make the planet very different from what it would otherwise be.’ As Dr. Margulis wrote, ‘Earth, in the biological sense, has a body sustained by complex physiological processes. Life is a planetary-level phenomenon and Earth’s surface has been alive for at least 3,000 million years.'” #EarthDay #PictureEarth
“Arguably, the light bulb is the most transformative invention humans have introduced to this planet. But if light bulbs have a dark side, it’s that they have stolen the night.” Nadia Drake, a contributing writer for national geographic, says that losing our connection to the night sky is one of the world’s great tragedies. But now, […]
In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel. The […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Many of the world’s richest men have been investing heavily into space tourism — SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Space Adventures aim to make space travel accessible to all. But the burgeoning private space industry may have some drastic environmental consequences. While space-bound rockets emit less than the aircraft industry, […]
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