Category: Earth Observation

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend.

Last stand at Leuser

A unique Indonesian ecosystem lies in the path of the palm oil industry, which must ceaselessly expand to sate the bottomless appetite of the global consumer goods sector

The Eye In The Sky Gets A Brain That Knows What It’s Seeing

Deep learning and AI are turning millions of satellite images of Earth into usable data, helping insurers and aid groups alike to do their jobs.

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa ‘a major concern,’ say researchers

New research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African forest could actually cause some tree species to disappear.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82

US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.

Genome sequence of polar alga explains evolutionary adaptation to extreme variable climate

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates

Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts

Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns

Composite material for water purification

Fresh, clean water coming directly from the tap is a true luxury.

Alien bird risk from pet trade

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.