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A Swarm Of Satellites Will Soon Keep Us Safe From Fires

The GIF above, created by NASA, may leave you wondering why the US government is building a planetary shield. Something you’re not telling us, NASA? According to the space agency, NASA’s shield plan has nothing to do with intergalactic threats — it’s protection against a danger on the ground. The space agency wants to build a global network of fire-monitoring satellites.

Baltimore's Stealthy Plan To Make Its Harbour Swimmable By 2020

If a friend told you he was off to take a dip in Baltimore’s Harbour, you’d probably be concerned for his health and sanity. But five years from now, swimming in Baltimore’s waterways might not sound so crazy — and there’s an innovative piece of technology to thank.

This Year's Godzilla El Niño Could Be The Worst Ever Recorded

We already knew the Godzilla Cthulhu Sauron El Niño of 2015 was gonna be bad. But exactly how bad are we talking? According to the World Meteorological Organisation, this year’s El Niño is among the three strongest in the past 70 years, and it may become the worst one ever recorded.

Watching Earth Breathe Is Very Soothing

Video: NASA recently released a two-minute video that shows an average year of plant life on Earth. Jason Kottke calls it “The Breathing Earth,” and he’s right. It’s undeniably beautiful to see our little blue marble bloom with life and exhale as the sun retreats.

This Tree-Eating Tank Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Back in the day, humans chopped down forests the old-fashioned way: lumberjacks with axes. Obviously, a 9072kg monster with tank treads and massive saws mounted on a crane does the job harder, better, faster, stronger.

Biologists Brought Wyoming Toads Back From The Brink Of Extinction

The only Wyoming toads in the world live in Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming, where they were common until the 1970s, hopping around at the edges of creeks, ponds, and small lakes. Then they started to disappear.

This Little Bot Walks On Water And Runs On Bacteria

Here’s a way to make environmental cleanup more fun: Next time you’ve got a polluted waterway, just unleash a swarm of tiny, bacteria-nomming robots on it.

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit High, Likely To Become 'Permanent Reality'

A new bulletin from the World Meteorological Organisation reports that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high in 2014 that could become a ‘permanent reality.’

 El Niño's Algae Blob From Hell Is Poisoning US Seafood

This summer, we learned that a warm blob of ocean water across the Eastern Pacific was feeding a massive algal bloom all the way up and down the US West Coast from Alaska to California. At the time, officials voiced concerns about domoic acid, a potentially lethal neurotoxin secreted by one of the dominant bloom species.

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

After seven years of political wrangling, President Obama has finally rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a proposed infrastructure project that would have carried 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

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