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A new study from NASA has found that a “wobble” in the moon’s orbit may cause frequent coastal flooding well into the 2030s. Phil Thompson, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, describes what that could mean for coastal communities. “If it floods 10 or 15 times a month, a business can’t keep operating with its parking lot underwater,” he said. “People lose their jobs because they can’t get to work…seeping cesspools become a public health issue.”
Researchers are primarily concerned about how intensifying tidal activity due to the “wobble” will combine with climate change-related sea-level rise. They’ve created a new framework to predict flooding thresholds through 2080. Still, for communities on U.S. coastlines, Hawaii, and Guam, what comes next may not be so predictable.
“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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