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The leaders who will be hosted by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, will meet with Mr Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to call on him to agree to a national clean air plan. A targeted national vehicle renewal scheme to replace older polluting vehicles that supports drivers and businesses to change to low emission vehicles and other sustainable forms of transport, taking special care that those on low-incomes and also small businesses are helped to make the shift.
  • President Trump orders Pentagon to create a ‘separate but equal’ Space Force

    President Trump orders Pentagon to create a ‘separate but equal’ Space Force

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    US President Donald Trump announced a sweeping new space policy on Monday that will focus both on reducing satellite clutter in space as well as creating a specific " Space Force " as the newest branch of the military. "I don't see how the Air Force is going to be able to resist this", Harrison said. In February, the Administration floated the idea of converting the International Space Station into a semi-private facility and zeroing out NASA funding for the station by 2025.
  • Weed that can cause blindness found in Virginia

    Weed that can cause blindness found in Virginia

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    Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium tweeted last week it had IDed a giant hogweed (aka Heracleum mantegazzianum ) plant in Clarke County, later updating that count on Facebook to 30 plants. These plants had previously been found growing in other parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, including in New York , Pennsylvania, and MA; and in the Pacific Northwest in OR and Washington.
  • Westminster Abbey honours Stephen Hawking

    Westminster Abbey honours Stephen Hawking

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    Hawking passed away in March , succumbing to the complications of motor neuron disease at the age of 76 despite only given a few years to live when he was diagnosed with the condition at 22. "This is a attractive and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space, and his explorations of the universe in his mind", Stephen Hawking's daughter Lucy said.
  • Chilly Mars rover falls silent as dust storm swallows sun

    Chilly Mars rover falls silent as dust storm swallows sun

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    Despite the Opportunity being out of action, NASA is excited by the scientific opportunities that the storm presents. "Each offers a unique look at how dust storms form and behave-knowledge that will be essential for future robotic and human missions".
  • Astronomers watch a black hole eating a star

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    READ NEXT: What are black holes? A black hole is an area of space which has such strong gravitational pull that nothing can escape from it, including light. The black hole is 20 million times the size of Earth's star, the sun. This extraordinary event, called a tidal disruption event, occurred nearly 150 million light-years away from Earth.
  • Farmers at odds with EPA chief over bio-fuels

    Farmers at odds with EPA chief over bio-fuels

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    Trump has continued to vouch for Pruitt and said last week that Pruitt "is doing a great job within the walls of the EPA". Inhofe, in the interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham , expressed regret about his disappointment with Pruitt, whom he called a "good friend".
  • Woman Takes NASA to Court Over Neil Armstrong's 'Piece of Moon' Gift

    Woman Takes NASA to Court Over Neil Armstrong's 'Piece of Moon' Gift

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    The dust came in a glass vial, given to Cicco by her mother when she was 10, which originated from Armstrong, who was reportedly a member of the secret society Quiet Birdmen with Cicco's Army pilot father. Private ownership of lunar material is a contentious legal issue in the US. According to reports, Cicco's vial of dust was analysed by scientists who said that it was "likely" to be a sample of lunar dust.
  • Ramp-up in Antarctic ice loss speeds sea level rise

    Ramp-up in Antarctic ice loss speeds sea level rise

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    The Antarctic ice sheet has lost more than 2,500 billion tonnes of ice in the past 25 years and almost half of that has happened since 2012. Scientists now say if the melt rate continues to rapidly increase then it could have serious implications for coastal communities around the world.
  • Stephen Hawking memorial under way at Westminster Abbey

    Stephen Hawking memorial under way at Westminster Abbey

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    She added: "It is a message of peace and hope , about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet". Hawking , who died in March at the age of 76, is being buried in Westminster Abbey , the world famous 1,000-year-old location, used for generations of royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
  • Antarctic ice loss triples, boosting sea levels

    Antarctic ice loss triples, boosting sea levels

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    Antarctica has lost 219 billion tonnes of ice since 2012, up from the 76 billion that was recorded in previous years. Scientists have acknowledged that these sad results surpassed their expectations. The findings helped confirm that the Greenland Ice Sheet is a sensitive responder to global climate change . That's because as Antarctica's mass shrinks, the ice sheet's gravitational pull on the ocean relaxes somewhat, and the seas travel back across the globe to pile up far away - with US ...
  • US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

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    The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002. Lenarduzzi said with or without Vancouver, co-hosting the event will be an important step for Canada's growing soccer community, which he said is undergoing a renaissance.
  • Gigantic Mars dust storm threatens Nasa's Opportunity rover

    Gigantic Mars dust storm threatens Nasa's Opportunity rover

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    That may be several weeks from now, however, and said engineers will undoubtedly be very nervous until that happens. The map was produced by the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Opportunity first detected the storm on 1 June and it has now grown to cover an area larger than North America, more than 18 million square kilometres (seven million square miles).
  • Could humans live on Mars? 'Absolutely,' a NASA expert says

    Could humans live on Mars? 'Absolutely,' a NASA expert says

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    In a recent development, it was observed that a huge dust storm on Mars was forced to stop the NASA's opportunity rover science work. As soon as the orbiter team saw how close the storm was to Opportunity, they notified the rover's team to begin preparing contingency plans.
  • French farmers start refineries blockade over palm oil imports

    French farmers start refineries blockade over palm oil imports

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    They have joined environmentalists in their call to ban palm oil cultivation as it would lead to deforestation in southeast Asia, where most of the world's palm oil is being produced. Organisers say the farmers' blockades are aimed at pressuring the government into curbing palm oil use at La Mede and to address other grievances such as imports of South American meat.
  • Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast

    Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast

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    Bud has 120 miles per hour maximum sustained winds and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour, the NHC said. The hurricane is moving north-west at about 10mph - a course it is expected to take until mid-week, the NHC said. An area of clouds, rain, and low pressure in the southern Caribbean Sea has a small chance of becoming a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 5 days.
  • Cosmic Rival? Astronomers Spot Enigmatic System with Three Earth-Size Planets

    Cosmic Rival? Astronomers Spot Enigmatic System with Three Earth-Size Planets

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    Orbited by two super-earths that are larger than the size of our planet two times, and mass - five. The star's effective temperature is estimated at 3,450 Kelvin degrees, which is almost one and a half times less than that of the sun. and Europe. The name of the star is EPIC 211945201 or K2-236 and the planet is EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. However, calculations suggest that the heavy elements, ice, silicates, and iron content are 60-70 % of the total mass.
  • Plastic pollution is killing our marine life

    Plastic pollution is killing our marine life

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    At the current rate, there could be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish by weight by 2050. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion tons of trash ends up in our attractive oceans. The Indus and the Ganges, which flow through India, carry the second and sixth highest amounts of plastic debris to the ocean. The percentage of the Earth's surface that is covered by water.
  • Curiosity discovers ancient organic molecules on Mars

    Curiosity discovers ancient organic molecules on Mars

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    Both are the basic building blocks that might be a part of larger organic molecules. "What we have detected is what we would expect from a sample from an ancient lake environment on Earth", said Eigenbrode, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Jupiter Lightning Storms Are More Similar To Earth's Than Previously Thought

    Jupiter Lightning Storms Are More Similar To Earth's Than Previously Thought

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    The mystery remained unsolved for nearly 40 years because every spacecraft that flew by Jupiter during this period - Voyagers 1 and 2, Galileo, Cassini - recorded radio waves that didn't match those produced by lightning on Earth. The information suggests Jupiter's lightning might be connected to the planet's source of heat. Because of Jupiter's distance from the sun, it sees 25 times less sunlight than Earth.
  • Engine situation could cost Mercedes says Hamilton

    Engine situation could cost Mercedes says Hamilton

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    Ricciardo's first win in F1 was in Montreal in 2014. When Grand Prix festivities take over the downtown core and the sound of racing fills the air. "It's certainly a different circuit, quite similar to Melbourne in a way, as it's a mix of a street and a permanent track", says Carlos Sainz Jr. "And on a track like Montreal , the effects are even greater".
  • Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

    Hurricane Aletta a Category 4 storm in Pacific off Mexico

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    Its winds increased 65 mph in just 18 hours, between 5 p.m. Thursday, when it was first named a hurricane, and 11 a.m. Friday, when its rating shot up to Category 4 . An average Eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with eight to nine becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes.
  • Earliest Known Animal Footprints Dating 541 Million Years Ago Found in China

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    At the moment, this is believed to be the first footprint ever left by an animal on Earth. This means that the symmetrical creature appeared before the Cambrian Period , Chen noted. The rocks they come from are dated to between 551 million and 541 million years old. Because the footprints are trace fossils, not fossils of the animal itself, it's going to be hard to credit a particular branch of the Tree of Life with the title of "First to Develop Limbs".
  • Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

    Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

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    While human missions to Mars or the moon maintain a high-profile at NASA , and they're also part of the Trump Administration's long term goals for space exploration, public support for such missions is low. Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years. Interest in orbiting the Earth is greater among younger generations and among men.
  • Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing

    Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing

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    Kossin's work was based on details of nearly 70 years' worth of storms, but he made no attempt to determine what was causing the slowdown. He showed that from 1949 to 2016, tropical cyclones across the globe slowed their movement by 10 percent on average.
  • NASA astronauts will show the world the unique new images of Mars

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    According to NASA, Thursday's Mars science discussion will be hosted by Michelle Thaller, the assistant director of science for communications in the agency's Planetary Science Division. The new technique, called "feed extended drilling" (FED), yielded a powdered sample on May 20, to the delight of the Curiosity team. The sample transfer technique enables Curiosity to place its drill over two small inlets in addition to the rover's deck.
  • Oldest fossil footprints on Earth discovered in China

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    The newfound trace fossils are some of the earliest known evidence for animal appendages on record. An global team of scientists, including researchers from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, and Virginia Tech in the United States, conducted the study.
  • NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

    NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

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    NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos - are now safely in orbit, NASA said in a blog post . ET. "The crew will orbit Earth 34 times before the spacecraft's arrival and docking", NASA announced in an update. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.
  • Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane

    Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane

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    Curiosity's project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: " The chances of being able to find signs of ancient life with future missions, if life ever was present, just went up ". The search for life outside Earth focuses on the building blocks of life as we know it, which includes organic compounds and molecules - although these can exist without life.
  • Danone joins fight against plastic waste in New Zealand

    Danone joins fight against plastic waste in New Zealand

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    Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) which is charged with the responsibility of protecting the environment is preparing to join the globe in celebrating the World Environment Day (WED).
  • NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

    NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

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    Administrator James Bridenstine says NASA is already talking with private companies about potentially taking over the space lab after 2025. When asked to rate the importance of nine specific missions found in NASA's diverse portfolio, majorities say monitoring key parts of the Earth's climate system or monitoring asteroids and other objects that could hit Earth should be top priorities for NASA (63% and 62% respectively).
  • How to stream NASA’s mysterious Mars announcement today

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    For the first time, scientists say they have clear evidence that the chemical building blocks of life exist on Mars. In the second paper , scientists describe the discovery of seasonal variations in methane in the Martian atmosphere over the course of nearly three Mars years, which is almost six Earth years.
  • Swimmer Ben Lecomte Begins Record Japan-California Attempt Across Pacific Ocean

    Swimmer Ben Lecomte Begins Record Japan-California Attempt Across Pacific Ocean

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    Lecomte said last week that his plan was to swim for eight hours and consume over 8,000 calories each day. "I need to be physically prepared, of course, but more than that I need to be mentally ready". "When I was little and I was with my father walking on the beach, I didn't see any plastic, or hardly any", Lecomte said in an interview with AFP .
  • Small asteroid tracked to atmospheric impact and breakup

    Small asteroid tracked to atmospheric impact and breakup

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    A faint figure was discovered moving across the sky on Saturday by the Catalina Sky Survey , outside of Tucson, Arizona. The asteroid-turned-meteor was seen streaking down across the African sky by a number of people, who witnessed 2018 LA approach Earth in a ball of fire from eight different cities, show records from the American Meteor Society .
  • How the Moon's movements could leave us with a 25-hour day

    How the Moon's movements could leave us with a 25-hour day

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    Planet Earth in space moves under the influence of other astronomical bodies that exert their own gravitational forces on it, this includes other planets as well as the Moon . As the rotation of Earth is going on slow and slow, the distance between Earth and lunar surface is increasing. Earth days, apparently, will just keep getting longer from here on out.
  • Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids?

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    For some years now, researchers have speculated that something is pulling these objects away from the plane where the system's major planets are orbiting, giving them a downward inclination of 30 degrees. "The picture we have in our head is a lot of little moons floating around the solar system, interacting with comets", Madigan told reporters yesterday during a news conference, notes Space.com.
  • An asteroid turned into a blazing fireball over Africa last weekend

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    After scientists at the Catalina Sky Survey spotted the asteroid, they relayed their observations to scientists at the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Astronomers can easily track massive space rocks big enough to cause the extinction of humanity. One such larger object was the asteroid that went completely undetected until it collided with the atmosphere over Russian Federation in 2013, creating a shock wave that blew out thousands of windows in the town of Chelyabinsk ...
  • Whale dies after eating 80 plastic bags

    Whale dies after eating 80 plastic bags

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    A study published a year ago found that 83 percent of water samples from more than a dozen nations were contaminated with plastic fibers. For almost a week, veterinarians tried to nurse it back to health, but four days later, it died. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University, said the bags had made it impossible for the whale to eat any nutritional food.
  • SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

    SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

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    SpaceX has landed these boosters 25 times, and reflown them on a dozen occasions. This was the second mission for the launcher's first stage, which also helped loft the U.S. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch. The company recently revealed the new Falcon 9 Block 5. The 12,000-pound SES-12 spacecraft, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will deliver high-speed data to across Asia and the Pacific.