Weekly Earth News Round Up: August 1st

DNC and Climate Change; Rise in Biodiversity; and Actual Speed of Earth’s Rotation

The topic of planet earth is always top-of-mind in the media. Whether it’s coverage about Earth Day, new environmental legislation, or the latest earth-imaging innovations, there is no shortage of stories to keep on top of – which can be overwhelming. This is why Voices.Earth is providing all of the actionable earth news you need in one place with our Weekly Earth News Round Up.

Sigourney Weaver at DNC 2016: Donald Trump Will Kill Planet Earth

At last week’s Democratic National Convention, actress Sigourney Weaver stated that Donald Trump would effectively kill the planet because of his belief that climate change is a hoax.

GOP Chairman: Kids are “Brainwashed” on Climate Change

Republican Sen. James Inhofe says school children are being “brainwashed” into believing in climate change and that parents need to “un-brainwash” them.

Biodiversity Greater Inside Earth’s Protected Areas, Study Finds

Scientists show for the first time that there are 15 percent more individual plants and animals and 11 percent more species inside terrestrial conservation zones.

Forests Won’t Save Us From Climate Change, Says Study

Don’t count on North American forests to bail the planet out of climate change, says a new study from the University of Arizona.

Visitors to a Shrinking Alaskan Glacier Get a Lesson on Climate Change

The director of the Mendenhall Glacier visiting center in Alaska wants the more than 500,000 people who visit the glacier each year to know that it’s rapidly retreating due to climate change. 

Scientists Identify the Common Ancestor to All Life on Earth

Scientists may have identified the ancestor, also known as the “microbial Eve,”

that started all life and where it lived.

Welcome to the Deepest Place on Earth

Lying below a small, nondescript rusty cap in Murmansk, Russia, is the deepest hole ever drilled, about 7.5 miles down.

How Fast Is the Earth Moving?

The Earth’s rotation is constant, but the speed depends on the latitude with the equator being at about 1,037 mph.

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