Rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues unabated

NOAA reports that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) measured at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory for May 2020 was the highest monthly reading ever recorded.

Pacific Ocean with some clouds, with the Earth's terminator visible in half the image.

Happy World Oceans Day 2020

Why a World Oceans Day? Consider that Remdesivir, an antiviral medication now undergoing clinical trials as a possible Covid-19 treatment, contains compounds found in sea sponges. Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean is the theme for World Oceans Day 2020.

Scientists identify cleanest air on Earth

Researchers say they’ve identified the cleanest air on the planet – free from particles caused by human activity – over the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica.

Born in June? Here’s your birthstone

Happy birthday June babies! Your month has 3 birthstones – pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.

A hurricane off the U.S. Eastern seaboard.

How do hurricanes get their names?

The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2020 here.

Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with ISS.

SpaceX Crew Dragon is docked with ISS

History was made again Sunday, with the successful docking of SpaceX Crew Dragon with the International Space Station. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are aboard. There are more activities to come, which you can watch online. Links here.

How to spot ISS in your sky

Learn to watch ISS moving silently and steadily across your night sky, and think of the 2 astronauts currently making their way there.

How are zoo animals handling the coronavirus shutdown?

How captive animals are coping with the sudden emptiness of the world’s zoos and aquariums.

Study finds microplastics in Florida birds of prey for 1st time

A new study has confirmed the presence of microplastics in birds of prey, including hawks, ospreys and owls. The accumulation of microplastics in birds’ digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death.

Seen from space: Covid-19 and the environment

Satellites see environmental changes during the coronavirus lockdown, including reduced pollution.