Doomsday clock: We are closer to doom than at any time since the Cold War, say scientists – Science – News – The Independent

The end of the world has come a lot closer in the past three years, with every single person now in danger as climate change and nuclear weapons pose an escalating threat – according to the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic measure which counts down to armageddon.

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The Pillars of Creation show their dark side › News in Science (ABC Science)

The Pillars of Creation is one of the most iconic images ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

In 1995, the telescope provided the first views of three towering spires of cold molecular hydrogen gas, dust and newly forming stars that lie within M16, the Eagle Nebula, located some 6500 light-years from Earth.

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Cold climate animals may suffer as world heats up › News in Science (ABC Science)

Animals that live in cold, stable environments may suffer more as the climate changes, suggests new research on the ability of mosquitofish to deal with temperature increases.The study, published today in the journal Royal Society Open Science, showed that mosquitofish acclimatised to live in colder water did worse when temperatures were raised.”Our research shows that some animals that live in colder climates now will suffer as temperatures becomes more variable due to climate change,” says Dr Frank Seebacher from the University of Sydney.

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Humanity is in the existential danger zone, study confirms

The Earth’s climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. We are sewing the seeds of havoc on the Earth, it suggests, and the time is fast approaching when we will reap this harvest.

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