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This Week: Thirsty Rice, Engaged Investors, and a Bulky Starship

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


India’s Food Bowl Heads Toward Desertification. This was an interesting (and alarming) read on the dangerous and long-term effects groundwater extraction could have on the state of Punjab, India. The continuous decline in groundwater levels could change not only the agricultural landscape but the economic landscape as well if drastic measures aren’t taken.
Anaise Aristide, Production and Analytics Specialist


Investors Launch Climate Plan to Get to Net Zero Emissions by 2050. A new framework offering guidance on climate-friendly investing sounds like a promising step toward decarbonizing the global economy.
Timothy Oleson, Science Editor


COVID-19 Lockdown Reduces Forest Fires in the Western Himalayas.

Massive fire spreads over the forested hills of Uttarakhand, India
A massive forest fire in 2016 spreads across the hills of Nainital in Uttarakhand, India. Credit: Anup Sah/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

Here is another intriguing connection between COVID-19 lockdowns and our planet. Fewer forest fires occurred between March and May in India because people stayed home. I liked hearing the backstory of how scientists found this connection, and it makes me wonder whether this signal showed up in other countries too.
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer


An Early Version of Starship Takes Its First Tentative Steps off Earth.

I’m not quiet about the fact that I’m not a fan of SpaceX or its CEO, but I can recognize that this is a big achievement. Starship will eventually be the rocket that SpaceX uses to get to Mars, and this little hop was its baby steps in that direction. As Eric Berger put it, “Mars remains a long way away. But it seems closer tonight.”
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer


Thinking Zinc: Mitigating Uranium Exposure on Navajo Land.

Painting by Mallery Quetawki of Zuni Pueblo depicting DNA damage through the indigenous perspective of broken turquoise beads
Mallery Quetawki’s paintings utilize an Indigenous lens to communicate scientific findings to Native communities. Here her artwork depicts DNA damage through the Indigenous perspective of broken turquoise beads. Credit: Mallery Quetawki

This is just a great example of how the concept of geohealth incorporates both traditional Western science and Indigenous Knowledge. And art!
Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor

Citation: AGU (2020), This week: Thirsty rice, engaged investors, and a bulky starship, Eos, 101, Published on 07 August 2020.
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