From Science and Environment

Posts on America’s work on and co-operation with the UK on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear energy, science, technology cooperation, space, aviation and medicine.

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way.

Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. It is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is, like its neighbor the Quintuplet Cluster, a fairly young…

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World Oceans Day 2015!

President Obama declared June 2015 as National Ocean Month! How will you celebrate? Going to the beach? Want to help the environment? There’s an app for that! Help track and clean up marine debris in your part of the world! It takes just a few seconds to report marine debris at Another simple way…


West Africa Ebola Fact Sheet #33

We are very pleased that Liberia has been declared Ebola free, and Sierra Leone and Guinea have about ten cases the last few weeks.  The United States, along with partners such as the UK, have put a huge amount of work into containing and eliminating Ebola.  Indeed, the United States has contributed $1.69 billion in…

A model of the ozone hole over Antarctica.

Montreal Protocol and the Ozone Hole

Having once worked in the Antarctic, my ears always perk up anytime I hear anything about the ozone hole. I remember how vibrant and beautiful the nacreous clouds were that came out in the Austral spring but were also a sign of depleting ozone. So I was please to read this BBC article titled, “How…

World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden (IMO photo).

New World Maritime University Building Inauguration

THE WORLD MARITIME UNIVERSITY The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Established by an IMO Assembly Resolution in 1983, the aim of WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO…


New Agreement on Carbon Emissions!

Four U.S. states were among the 12 signatories on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday agreeing to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 80-95% under 1990 levels by mid-century. California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington joined the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario; Baja California and Jalisco of Mexico; Acre of Brazil, Baden-Württemberg of Germany;…


The End of NASA’s Messenger

“After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, NASA’s Messenger orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang on Thursday. Messenger crashed into the planet it has been orbiting for four years.” According to an NPR article, “Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. It took years just to get to…

Sacramento, California.

California to Reduce GHG Emissions by 40%

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced a goal for California to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. This is even more aggressive than President Obama’s federal plan, for 26-28% reduction from 2005 levels by 2025, and it is in line with EU targets. Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United…