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January 21, 2021

For the first hour in office of the head of state President of the United States Joseph Biden cancelled about two dozen decrees of his predecessor Donald Trump, including those related to the ecology and environmental protection:

January 7, 2021

The Earth has been spinning faster lately

Scientists around the world have noted that the Earth has been spinning on its axis faster lately—the fastest ever recorded. Several scientists have spoken to the press about the unusual phenomenon, with some pointing out that this past year saw some of the shortest days ever recorded.

January 6, 2021

Record-breaking 2020 ozone hole closes

The record-breaking 2020 Antarctic ozone hole finally closed at the end of December after an exceptional season due to naturally occurring meteorological conditions and the continued presence of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere.

December 28, 2020

Mitsubishi Heavy to build biggest zero-carbon steel plant

Austrian test facility to run on hydrogen when it goes online next year

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will soon complete in Austria the world's largest steel plant capable of attaining net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.

Mitsubishi Heavy, through a British unit, is constructing the pilot plant at a complex of Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine. Trial operation is slated to begin in 2021.

December 25, 2020

The battle for Mars: how Elon Musk, Blue Origin, and the us could set up the first extraterrestrial government

The moment when the first human sets foot on Mars is becoming ever-closer. The 140 million mile distance between Earth and the Red Planet is set to be breached within the next two decades, Nasa predicts.

Just recently, the space agency announced its plans for its Artemis moon missions – aiming to take place in 2024 – which could establish a lunar base on the Moon as a stepping-stone before the first planetary spacewalk.

December 23, 2020

Has China Mastered Weather Modification? Should We Worry? Using rockets and pickup trucks, Chinese officials are seeding clouds and bringing the rain. But do they have other uses in mind?

December 9, 2020

Manmade mass now outweighs life on Earth: study. For the first time in history manmade materials now likely outweigh all life on Earth, scientists said Wednesday in research detailing the "crossover point" at which humanity's footprint is heavier than that of the natural world.

December 5, 2020

Denmark to end oil, gas extraction in North Sea. Denmark has decided to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has cancelled its latest licensing round, saying the country is “now putting an end to the fossil fuel era.”

The Danish Parliament voted late Thursday to end offshore gas and oil extraction, which had started in 1972 and made the country the largest producer in the European Union. Non EU-members Norway and Britain are larger producers, with a bigger presence in the North Sea.

November 28, 2020

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru's Amazon. The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru's Amazon has dramatically altered the landscape and increased the risk of mercury exposure for indigenous communities and wildlife, a new study shows.

November 26, 2020

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will study the issue of mining in space. An expert working group on space resources will be established in the structure of the RAS Space Council. It will address both scientific and legal issues of mining in space.

Despite the fact that earlier Dmitry Bisikalo, the director of the RAS Institute of Astronomy reported that with modern technologies, extraction of resources in space is simply unprofitable; the RAS will nevertheless look into these issues in detail.

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