UK Antarctic Science Station Moving
Halley 6, Britain’s premier space and Earth weather station in the Antarctic, will be moving soon, because of a widening crack in the ice shelf on which it resides.
Originally created in 1956, Halley, now in its 11th interation, is part of a European collaborative project called SPACESTORM, which monitors geomagnetic space events directly above it, so as to forewarn satellite companies to take protective measures so that their equipment is not damaged by the solar wind.
Halley also monitors global atmospheric conditions, including the size of the ozone hole, which it discovered in 1985.
Halley’s winter includes 105 days of total darkness, with temperatures varying from negative 4 to negative 67 degrees Fahreinheit.
To see what it is like to go to and live at Halley (at least until they move), click on the video above.
In case you are wondering what factors, including greenhouse gases, are contributing to global warming, check out this wonderfully comprehensive article from live science.
One way you can reduce your personal contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gases is by eating less cow meat. Cows are prolific farters of methane, a gas 21 times more effective at trapping infrared radiation that carbon dioxide. Cow farts produce more global warming gases that all fossil fuel consuming vehicles combined.
If you are wondering what other animals fart, check out the twitter feed #doesitfart.
Primates Are Facing Extinction
A landmark study, involving dozens of authors from around the world, on the viability of non-human primate species worldwide, was just recently published in Science Advances. The results are devastating.
As explained in a recent USA Today review of the paper, over 60% of non-human primates face extinction in the next 25 years, with 75% of non-human primates exhibiting population declines.
The primary cause of these non-human primate declines and impending extinctions is the population growth of the human race, with concomitant increases in hunting, mining, deforestations, and global warming.
In the above video, gray langurs think a “spy monkey” ( a monkey doll with a wifi camera in it) is a dead infant monkey. See how the group empathetically responds to the infant’s passing.
Check The Ingredients
One of the primary reasons given for non-human primates facing extinction is deforestation, and one of the driving forces for this deforestation is the cultivation of palm oil as a food and beauty ingredient.
Palm oil has emerged in the last few years as a primary food oil ingredient because the FDA banned artificially produced trans fats.
Some food and beauty products companies have promised to use only sustainable palm oil produced without deforestation. You can view them here.
If however you are looking for cooking oils that are both good for you and for the environment, click here.