January 16, 2018

Sergo Ordzhonikidze Russian State University for Geological Prospecting invites to Moscow, Russia, in 4-6 April 2018, to attend the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Development Strategy of Subsoil Geological Exploration: Present and Future" (on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Sergo Ordzhonikidze University).

January 12, 2018

New York City has filed suit against the nation's largest oil companies — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell — for contributing to global warming. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city sought billions of dollars from the companies to recover money spent on climate change, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

January 11, 2018

Kazakhstan has overtaken Iraq to become the biggest over-producer in the pact between OPEC and its allies to curb oil output.

The Caspian Sea nation’s output has been rising over the past year as the giant Kashagan field ramps up production. That’s in spite of Kazakhstan’s pledge to pump 20,000 barrels a day less under the landmark deal agreed in late 2016.

January 10, 2018

Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years.

December 21, 2017

This Space for Rent

A Japanese startup wants to put advertising on the moon. Is that legal? People don’t live on the moon yet, but humanity is already making strides to plaster it with advertisements. The space travel startup Ispace Inc. just wrapped up a new round of funding that nets the Japan-based company more than $90 million, to be used in the development of a lunar lander and two uncrewed missions to the moon by 2020. According to Bloomberg:

December 20, 2017

New Report to the Club of Rome: Come On! The human footprint is increasing fast and will – if not reversed – eventually lead to a collapse of the global economy. So say the authors of the new book Come On! which proposes an overhaul in the way that governments, businesses, financial systems, innovators and families interact with our planet.

December 11, 2017

When Continents Break, Earth Gets Warm. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere determines whether the Earth is in greenhouse or ice age state. Before humans began to have an impact on the amount of CO2 in the air, it depended solely on the interplay of geological and biological processes, the global carbon cycle.

A recent study, headed by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, shows that the break-up of continents - also known as rifting - contributed significantly to higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

December 3, 2017

German court to hear Peruvian farmer's climate case against RWE. Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say. A German court has ruled that it will hear a Peruvian farmer’s case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a “historic breakthrough”. Farmer Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against RWE was “well-founded,” the court in the north-western city of Hamm said on Thursday.

December 2, 2017

How Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements. The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest India and Pakistan.

December 1, 2017

Ten countries struck a tentative pact yesterday to forbid commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean for at least the next 16 years, while scientists try to understand the size and health of the region’s fish stocks. The draft agreement, reached on Thursday, Nov. 30, will become legally binding once it is signed. It’s being celebrated as an example of offering precautionary protections to fish stocks before they’ve become depleted.