Earth news stories

Trump says immigrants who legally work in cannabis industry could be denied US citizenship
23rd April 2019 | | Earth, Humans

Drug policy advocate says war on drugs has disproportionately hurt communities of colour.

Climate activists and police tussle for control of Oxford Circus
21st April 2019 | | Earth, Humans

Welcome to the Extinction Rebellion, the escalating but methodically polite campaign of disruption that has turned several of central London’s best-known locations into a giant game of territorial to-and-fro.

Native American activists: The fire at Notre Dame is devastating. So is the destruction of our sacred lands.
18th April 2019 | | Earth, Humans

It’s an ongoing abuse that’s garnered far less outcry.

Earth Was Hit by an Interstellar Asteroid Years Ago, Scientists Claim
18th April 2019 | | Earth, Space

Researchers calculate that an asteroid from beyond our solar system burned up in the atmosphere in 2014.

Another asteroid disintegrates over Russia
18th April 2019 | Earth, Space

A bright meteor was caught in many dashcam videos – in broad daylight – on April 6, 2019, over the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. See a video compilation here.

Four Asteroids, The Largest Being 460 Feet Wide, Swooped Past Earth On Friday
14th April 2019 | | Earth, Space

While two of these space rocks are not coming back any time soon, the other two hit their closest approach to Earth for a long while to come.

A ‘Self-Driving’ Spacecraft May Help Save Earth from Asteroid Collisions
8th April 2019 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Europe’s next asteroid mission, which could launch in 2023, will rely on the same kind of navigation technology as self-driving cars.

Cannabis patient grows drug because she cannot afford treatment
8th April 2019 | | Earth, Humans

A “frustrated” Carly Barton, 32, says she has resorted to growing and illegally buying the drug she had legally been prescribed.

The Promise and Perils of Resurrecting Native Americans’ Lost Crops
5th April 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Researchers affiliated with the Lost Crops Network are using advances in genetics to understand how Native Americans domesticated and cultivated now-extinct ancient crops.

Prehistoric ‘graveyard’ left by dinosaur-killing asteroid unearthed by scientists
1st April 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A fossil site has captured the moments just after the asteroid thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs collided with Earth, palaeontologists have claimed.

Trees are at the heart of our country – we should learn their Indigenous names
1st April 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

From Australia to the Andes, indigenous peoples understand that trees sustain us and are part of our human world.

A Giant 1,115-Foot Asteroid Just Skimmed Past Earth On Its Closest-Ever Approach
28th March 2019 | | Earth, Space

The asteroid is estimated to be twice as big as the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza and will return for another visit 16 years from now.

Fascinating Experiment Suggests Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field
26th March 2019 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

The ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field is well documented among many animals, but researchers have struggled to show that humans are also capable of the feat. Until now.

Geologists Keep Finding ‘Impossible’ Rocks on This Remote Tropical Island
20th March 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

Because of Anjouan’s fiery origins, the entire island should be uniformly composed of volcanic basalt: a dark-coloured, lava-derived rock.

US detects huge meteor explosion
18th March 2019 | | Earth, Space

A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. It went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

Geologic evidence supports theory that major cosmic impact event occurred approximately 12,800 years ago
14th March 2019 | Ancient, Earth

More evidence of a cosmic impact, this time from south of the equator, that likely caused climate change and megafaunal extinctions.

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