Earth news stories

Did a Large Meteorite Hit the Earth 12,800 Years Ago? Here’s New Evidence
3rd October 2019 theconversation.com | Earth, Space

New research sheds light on the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis and what platinum can tell us about it.

How 3 Native American Tribes are Fighting to Protect Sacred Land from Logging, Oil Pipelines, and a Billion-Dollar Telescope
28th September 2019 | businessinsider.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The biodiversity of many forests is preserved by native tribes. They say that logging, oil pipelines, and constructions threaten their sustainability.

Canberra Becomes First Aussie City to Make Cannabis Legal
26th September 2019 | news.com.au | Earth, Humans

The private member’s bill from Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson allows Canberrans over 18 to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants.

Cannabis-Based Drug for Childhood Epilepsy Approved For Use in UK
25th September 2019 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans

Plant-derived Epidyolex is first medicine of its kind to be given green light by regulators.

Asteroid Dust Helped Trigger Life on Earth 466 Million Years Ago, Say Scientists
25th September 2019 nypost.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

Dust spawned by a gigantic collision in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter 400 million years earlier triggered an ice age on Earth.

International Space Agencies Are Going to Smash a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid
21st September 2019 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space, Tech

The reason: to test whether a spacecraft impact can deflect an asteroid’s trajectory, as a means to protect Earth from rogue space rocks.

Asteroid that Killed the Dinosaurs Was as Strong as 10 Billion Atomic Bombs
15th September 2019 bgr.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Close examination of the rock layers revealed that the crater was already packed with debris within the first 24 hours, with an estimated 425 feet of material filling the gaping hole within that first day.

There’s a Lost Continent Hiding Beneath Europe
12th September 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth

“Greater Adria” existed hundreds of millions of years ago after it broke off from the supercontinent Gondwana.

Mysterious Glowing Object Falls From Sky, Triggers Asteroid Fear in UK
9th September 2019 | ibtimes.sg | Earth, Space

Police officers from Devon and Cornwall in UK have launched a huge search operation to look for asteroid debris after neighbors reported that they saw a mysterious glowing object to fall from the sky.

Colombia is Turning Into a Major Medical Marijuana Producer
8th September 2019 | npr.org | Earth, Humans

Rather than a symbol of the country’s dark past of narco-fueled violence, Santiago smiles and says, Colombian drugs “can now be used to treat people.”

Doggerland, the Fertile Paradise that Joined UK to Europe, Emerges from Sea Bed
8th September 2019 | thetimes.co.uk | Ancient, Earth

Scientists have extracted ancient DNA from beneath the sea bed to identify the plants and animals that once inhabited the region.

To Save our Forests, Give Them Back to the People They Were Stolen From
6th September 2019 qz.com | Earth, Humans

Prohibiting indigenous communities from managing today’s park lands has actually increased the likelihood and intensity of forest fires over time.

Thailand Includes Low Level Cannabis And Hemp Extracts On Its Approved Medical Marijuana list
4th September 2019 | forbes.com | Earth, Humans

The intention is to allow extracts to be used in medicine, cosmetics and food and support hemp as a cash crop.

The Amazon Cannot Be Recovered Once It’s Gone
27th August 2019 | theatlantic.com | Earth, Humans

The fires blazing in Brazil are part of a larger deforestation crisis, accelerated by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Asteroid Larger than the Shard Set to Skim Past Earth Next Month, Nasa warns
27th August 2019 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space

Massive space rock poses no threat but Elon Musk warns ‘a big rock will hit Earth eventually and we currently have no defence’.

Cannabis Chemical May Help Treat Pancreatic Cancer
22nd August 2019 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Tech

A cannabis chemical may have a “major impact” in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study.

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