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September 23, 2019

Russia has joined the Paris Climate Accord. The Russian Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a resolution on accepting the Paris Climate Accord. He announced it on the opening day of the UN Climate Summit. Russia signed the Paris Climate Accord back in April 2016. Russia becomes a party to the Accord without approval of the ratification law by the State Duma.

September 18, 2019

The Biggest Volcano on Jupiter’s Molten Moon Io Is Likely to Erupt at Any Moment. Observational data collected over the years suggests the largest volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io—the most geologically active object in the Solar System—will erupt in mid-September, which is pretty much any moment now.

September 11, 2019

Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea, minister says. Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T) will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister said on Tuesday.

Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

August 29, 2019

Humans caused significant environmental change around the globe by about 3,000-4,000 years ago, much earlier than prior estimates, as revealed by a new international study. Land use by early farmers, pastoralists and even hunter-gatherer societies was extensive enough to have created significant global landcover change by 3,000-4,000 years ago. This is much earlier than has been recognised, and challenges prevailing opinions concerning a mid-20th century start date for the Anthropocene.

August 26, 2019

Predicting Moral and Political Development With Science. How come today’s conservatives are more liberal than yesterday’s liberals? Why has the public opinion in large parts of the world shifted so rapidly in favor of gay and lesbian rights, but been virtually unchanged on other contested issues such as abortion rights? A study from a Swedish team of researchers recently published in the social science journal Nature Human Behaviour answers several critical questions on how public opinion changes on moral issues.

August 16, 2019

As methane concentrations increase in the Earth's atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.

August 15, 2019

On October 30 – November 4, 2019 the traditional International Conference on Geoethics (Geoethics - 2019) will be held in Prague and  Pribram (Czech Republic).

The following topics will be covered:

THE THEMATIC CIRCLES of the Conference will covered:

- GEOETHICS – GENERAL PROBLEMS

- GEOETHICS – CLIMATE CHANGES

- GEOETHICS – NATURAL RESOURCES

- GEOETHICS FROM OTHER POINTS OF VIEW

August 14, 2019

The view from Dominica: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?

Climate change is not the creation of the mere existence of billions of humans who inhabit the planet, but is wrought by the few who control the means of production and make the central decisions about energy use, argues Andreas Malm. In what is more Capitalocene than Anthropocene, a head-on confrontation with fossil capital is imperative if we are to prevent extreme climate events like the hurricanes that have devastated Dominica.

August 8, 2019

17 Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World's Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress. Once-unthinkable water crises are becoming commonplace. Reservoirs in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city are nearly dry right now. Last year, residents of Cape Town, South Africa narrowly avoided their own “Day Zero” water shut-off. And the year before that, Rome rationed water to conserve scarce resources.

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