Weekly Earth News Round Up: July 18th
Diversity of Life Below Safe Levels; Hillary Clinton and Climate Change; and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
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.
Diversity of Life Across Much of Earth Has Plunged Below ‘Safe’ Levels
According to a new study, the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.
Hillary Clinton Could Run on Strongest Climate Change Platform Ever
Hillary Clinton could campaign much more aggressively against climate change than any U.S. presidential candidate before her, under a draft platform adopted by Democratic party leaders.
Global Warming is Shifting Earth’s Clouds, Study Shows
The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds towards the poles and increased the heights of clouds tops, according to a new study.
Supernovas Blasted Prehistoric Earth With Radiation
According to a new study, high-energy cosmic rays could have boosted radiation in our atmosphere, causing problems for Earth life millions of years ago.
Study Quantifies Climate-Change-Related Deaths
A study in Environmental Research Letters suggests a fifth of premature deaths during a 2003 heat wave in Europe are linked to human-caused climate change.
Space Experiment Will Track Animals On Earth
A new experiment, called ICARUS, will be carried out next year aboard the International Space Station. Its purpose is to track the migration of hundreds of species on Earth.
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Commits $15.6 Million to Fight Environmental Issues
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has allotted $15.6 million in grants for environmental issues.
Moon Photo Bombs Earth in NASA Photos
A NASA camera a million miles away captured the (otherwise unseen) far side of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth.