Daily Archives: August 18, 2019

ORBIT – A Journey Around Earth in Real Time

Seán Doran
Published on Feb 9, 2018

NASA / ESRSU / Sean Doran© / Unauthorized use prohibited Meditate on the beauty of our home. Orbit is a real time reconstruction of time lapse photography taken on board the International Space Station by NASA’s Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit.

BBC – Discovery – 22 July 2019 – What next for the Moon?

The Moon rush is back on. And this time it’s a global race. The USA has promised boots on the lunar surface by 2024. But China already has a rover exploring the farside. India is on the point of sending one too. Europe and Russia are cooperating to deliver more robots. And that’s not to mention the private companies also getting into the competition. Roland Pease looks at the prospects and challenges for all the participants. (Image caption: Chinese lunar probe and rover lands on the far…


The View from Space – Earth’s Countries and Coastlines


Published on Dec 21, 2011

These high-res time-lapse sequences captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station give us a beautiful and clear view of some well-known coastlines and countries around the world. Get a good look at England, France, Italy, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, the island of Crete, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, and more. We’ve attempted to show as many countries as we would, but inevitably we’ve left many out. Please write to the the astronaut photography office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to request inclusion in this amazing series of sequences.

Megatsunami Scenario – La Palma Landslide

Naked Science

Published on Jun 21, 2017

Every other Wednesday we present a new video, so join us to see the truth laid bare… A slide from this mountain could kill millions of people in Europe and along Northern America’s eastern seaboard. Some eminent scientists warn that it’s purely a matter of time until it happens. This is the volcanic island of La Palma, 700 miles off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s a new-born baby island barely past its 4 millionth Birthday, created in the last stage of what geologists call the rock cycle. Clip taken from the Naked Science documentary “Landslides”.

Watch it here – http://youtu.be/ugxt_dq0FOg

Mega Tsunami could hit the US – La Palma

Published on Mar 14, 2011

A theory surrounding a landslide on a small African island could potentially cause a mega tsunami hurdling toward eastern United States. (From Discovery Channel’s “Assignment Discovery”)

San Francisco high-rise is sinking and leaning

CBS This Morning

Published on Aug 4, 2016

Homeowners in a luxury San Francisco high rise are furious over their sinking investment. The 58-story Millennium Tower has reportedly sunk 16 inches since its completion in 2009. Carter Evans reports.

This Climate Pioneer Is Trying To Stop The Arctic From Melting | VICE on HBO


Published on Jan 18, 2018

Permafrost refers to frozen soil and water that covers nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere. With climate change warming the Arctic at an alarming rate, the permafrost is beginning to thaw. While this phenomenon can wreak havoc on infrastructure and transportation in places like Northern Alaska and Siberia, the real danger is the release of carbon and methane gas. There are more greenhouse gases trapped in these deep layers of permafrost than all human fossil fuel emissions released since the industrial age. Due to permafrost thaw, that trapped carbon is starting to escape into the atmosphere, creating a warming feedback loop that will make climate change even worse, and cause the permafrost to thaw even faster. If this continues unchecked, scientists warn we could be on the verge of awakening ” the sleeping giant” of climate change. But some innovative climate pioneers are changing that. With the use of both cutting edge genetics, and an experiment that relies on geo-engineering, there is hope that the permafrost thaw can be slowed. VICE Correspondent, Ben Anderson, travels across the Arctic to see the devastating impact of thawing permafrost, and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen.

Greenlanders Are Living The Consequences Of Climate Change

Journeyman Pictures

Published on Feb 9, 2018

On Top Of The World: Greenland’s melting season starts earlier and finishes later than it used to, bringing some major changes to the Arctic island. How are the locals dealing with the shift, and is there any upside?

For similar stories, see: How Global Warming Is Transforming Greenland’s Economy (2014) https://youtu.be/cQSaAOIyxVY
Alaska Is Warming At Twice The Rate As The Rest Of The Planet https://youtu.be/dQJqgVH7Ubs
Uncovering The True Cost Of Greenland’s Oil https://youtu.be/8qgD0iawdXo

“If you were to melt the whole Greenland ice sheet here, we’re talking about around seven metres sea level rise”, says Thomas Juul-Pedersen, a senior scientist at the Greenland Climate Research Centre. “There’s always been a melting season, but that melting season seems to dramatically increase”, he says. Since the 1950s, the island’s average temperature has risen 1.5 degrees, bringing droughts and even tundra fires. Now vast swathes of sandy desert sit alongside rapidly melting ice. “It hurts the heart”, says Inuit photographer Adam Lyberth, who has spent 35 years documenting the changing landscape. But while Greenland’s shifting seasons present a huge worldwide threat, for some on the island the warmer summers are a welcome change. “Climate change takes many surprising ways”, says Teunis Jansen, who notes that the first mackerel was caught in Greenland in 2011. To give an indication of the speed of Greenland’s climate change, within just a few years there were 85,000 tonnes of the warm water fish. “It corresponds to about 20-24% of the national export of Greenland”, says Jansen.

For more information, visit https://www.journeyman.tv/film/7275

Seven Seas of Ice: Russia’s icebreakers traverse top of the world

RT Documentary

Published on Jul 8, 2014

More films about the Arctic: https://rtd.rt.com/tags/arctic/
From the big red ships that seamen call their “knights” to the smaller white ships that can enter frozen river estuaries, Russia’s icebreakers pave the way through the frozen arctic for commercial vessels and military convoys, allowing passage between Russia’s European ports and the Pacific. They are a reliable and indispensable addition to any trans-Arctic ocean voyage. Join RT as we team up with the crew of one of these amazing nuclear-powered vessels as it traverses the top of the world.

Iraq’s Water Crisis The ecological disaster poisoning Basra and the Mesopotamian Marshes

RT Documentary

Published on Aug 18, 2019

In Basra, where the Tigris and Euphrates join up, 4,000 people a day are admitted to hospital with water related diseases. The reason? Rivers are drying up and the remaining water is salty and heavily polluted. To understand the water crisis in Iraq, an RTD crew travels to the south of the country to see what is happening to Basra’s famous canals. Dr Azzam Alwash, founder of Nature Iraq, the country’s only environmental NGO, takes the crew on a boat tour of the Mesopotamian Marshes, where the buffalo have nothing to drink. Since 2003, the engineer has been fighting alongside the Marsh Arabs to restore the marshlands to their pre Saddam Hussein glory. But can the forces that threaten the water supply be beaten?