#DonaldTrump pulls US out of #ParisAgreement – an annotated infographic

President Donald Trump has decided in his infinite wisdom, doubtless having brought his deep understanding of an incredibly complex scientific issue to bear on the matter, that the world’s climate will be best served by the largest polluting nation on the planet no longer being part of the coordinated fight to reverse the negative impacts on climate change of said nation (and all other nations – including Russia – who are still perfectly prepared to remain united). The decision is typical of the man’s single-minded leadership style. The 2015 Paris agreement aims to keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0 degrees … Continue reading #DonaldTrump pulls US out of #ParisAgreement – an annotated infographic

#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years. Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover. Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Martian diary: how to pick crewmembers

E&T reporter Tereza Pultarova is taking part in a simulated Mars mission in a Mars analog station in Utah, the USA. The crew has been on site for more than a week and has already settled into the daily routine. However, it has not been all plain sailing. Here is Tereza’s latest update: Going to Mars is not only about technical skills and scientific knowledge; the success or failure of any future mission would come down to psychological aspects – will the crew function as a team despite all the strains, discomforts and stresses, or will they start fighting? The … Continue reading Martian diary: how to pick crewmembers