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ABCD: Artemis, Brazil, Climate, Diamonds (and Some Other Things)

What Earth and space science stories are we recommending this week?


Ousted Head of Science Agency Criticizes Brazil’s Denial of Deforestation Data.

Aerial photo of a thick rain forest being logged
Data show that deforestation in the Amazon River basin has increased. Credit:

The world’s lungs are starting to gasp for breath, and it’s not something we can sweep under the rug. This is excellent reporting by our own Randy Showstack on the attacks on the world’s largest rain forest and the scientists trying to protect it.
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer


Mapping the Strain on Our Water. Informative, well-illustrated article reporting on new data about water stress from the World Resources Institute (WRI). The article led me to WRI’s Aqueduct tools for a deeper dive into the data.
Faith Ishii, Production Manager


August Puzzler.

Satellite image of green squares of farmland
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Any other Pantone fans out there? This bird’s-eye view of vibrant green farmland brings me joy—from memories of flying over the Midwest as well as the beauty of geometric shapes in our everyday life.
Melissa Tribur, Production Specialist


2068: The Speculative Journalism Issue and To Fix the Climate, Tell Better Stories. Two outlets are making statements on the power of storytelling to make us truly understand the changes happening all around us. The journalists at High Country News took the findings from the Fourth National Climate Assessment and moved the clock ahead 50 years to speculate on how they might be reporting on a world that had stayed on this path. Nautilus magazine, meanwhile, insists that a one-sided “narrative vacuum” is the reason science hasn’t decisively won the climate change debate.
Heather Goss, Editor in Chief


With Artemis, NASA at Risk of Repeating Apollo Mistakes, Scientist Warns.

Illustration of NASA’s Artemis mission to the Moon
Artemis 1 will be the first integrated flight test of NASA’s deep-space exploration system: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: NASA

This is a solid reality check for those excited about the United States returning to the Moon with the Artemis program. Not only are there serious concerns about funding, but also “NASA stands a very real risk of turning the Artemis Program into a repeat of the Apollo Program—a flags-and-footprints sprint back to the Moon with no follow-through.”
Timothy Oleson, Science Editor


The Case for Climate Rage. A personal essay by Amy Westervelt on our emotions and climate change. When it comes to a climate crisis, who gets to be angry?
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer


In Super-Deep Diamonds, Glimmers of Earth’s Distant Past.

Close-up photo of an uncut diamond
Diamonds like this one excavated from Juína, Brazil, are providing geologists with clues about Earth’s interior. Credit: Graham Pearson, CC BY SA 4.0

Diamonds are so much more than a girl’s best friend, and it seems that for scientists, the more “flawed” one is, the more valuable it might be. Researchers have identified trace isotopes of helium in the inclusions of superdeep diamonds from Brazil, which suggests the presence of a reservoir of helium in Earth’s mantle.
Faith Ishii, Production Manager


The Planets, with Pluto and Ceres.

Simply mesmerizing to watch, and no, Mercury and Venus are not buffering. This animation is a great way to visualize the variety of ways planets (and not-quite-planets) spin in our solar system. Last year, this grid would have been incomplete: We only recently learned the length of Saturn’s day!
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer


This Thread on the World’s Best Academic Paper Titles.

Scroll through the whole list. You’re welcome.
Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor

Citation: AGU (2019), ABCD: Artemis, Brazil, climate, diamonds (and some other things), Eos, 100, Published on 22 August 2019.
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