'I feel helpless': Delhi residents on the smog crisis

Guardian readers                              Wed 8 Nov 2017 16.36 GMT

Smog, respirator masks and ‘business as usual: our readers share their experiences of

A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi, as the air quality in the world’s most polluted city dropped to levels likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day.
We asked our readers to give us a sense of what it’s like to live and work in the capital during periods of such smog and pollution. READ MORE


'Space graffiti': astronomers angry over launch of fake star into sky

Michael McGowan                                Fri 26 Jan 2018 06.03 GMT

Giant disco ball dubbed ‘Humanity Star’, launched by startup Rocket Lab, will interfere with scientific study of the universe, experts say

Astronomers across the world have criticised a privately owned, New Zealand-based space company after it secretively put a satellite likened to a giant disco ball into orbit. READ MORE


Utopia on Ice: The Climate as Commodity Form

Mark Dorrian

In the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, media outlets reported that the Chinese government intended to use weather modification techniques to ensure favourable conditions for the games. Playing on the story’s science fiction-like strangeness, Western articles tended to locate it as lying somewhere between an amusing manifestation of cultural eccentricity and a much more worrying deployment of a weird and even alien technology, replete with military implications. READ MORE


In the Stratéole 2 program, set to launch in November 2018, instruments will ride balloons into the stratosphere and circle the world, observing properties of the air and winds in fine detail. In preparation for the Stratéole 2 project, a collaboration between France and the United States, scientists launch a
helium balloon near Mahé in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean near the horn of Africa. Stratéole 2 balloons will circle Earth, near the equator, drifting with the wind as their instruments collect atmospheric measurements. READ MORE

Around the World in 84 Days

By J. S. Haase, M. J. Alexander, A. Hertzog, L. Kalnajs, T. Deshler, S. M. Davis, R. Plougonven, P. Cocquerez, and S. Venel  1 March 2018