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Interesting Reads 20th November

Entertainment for this weekend......

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Jupiter and Saturn will look like a “double planet” for first time since Middle Ages. On December 21, 2020—the date of the December solstice—they’re going to almost appear to collide to become one super-bright point of light.

In reality, of course, they won’t be close at all. “Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” said Patrick Hartigan, astronomer at Rice University.

“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.”

The rare celestial event will be observable anywhere on Earth where skies are clear. The planets will appear low in the western sky for about an hour after sunset as viewed from the northern hemisphere, and though they’ll be closest on December 21, 2020, you can look each evening that week.

A “great conjunction” this close won’t happen again until March 15, 2080.

Dutch eco-awareness artist Thijs Biersteker’s recent work illustrates the complexity of plant communication. Finnish futurologist and author Risto Linturi explores the promises and pitfalls of virtual reality

Architects and engineers focus on designing efficient buildings in terms of energy consumption. But the influence of greenery on domestic comfort must be considered

Protecting biodiversity will also help combat climate change, according to a latest report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released on Friday. The report underscores the importance of adopting integrated approaches to climate and nature.

Conserving nearly 30 per cent of land in strategic locations could safeguard 500 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon stored in vegetation and soils, which is around half the world’s vulnerable terrestrial carbon stocks, according to the UNEP report. This would also reduce the extinction risk of nearly 9 out of 10 threatened terrestrial species.

After watching Kiss The Ground we all know how important the soil is, with peat bogs capturing more carbon than forest, so it's great to see the restoration of peat bogs making the news.

The waste fibre from coconuts is helping to restore a peat bog in Northern Ireland. Years of overgrazing and commercial peat harvesting had badly degraded the bog on Cuilcagh Mountain, in the westerly Co Fermanagh. But the peat is now being revived using logs made from the fibre of coconut husks.





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