Surface composition determines temperature and therefore habitability of a planet

Astronomers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. This temperature, in turn, is a crucial element in the quest for habitable planets outside our Solar System. In the quest for habitable planets outside our Solar…

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Climate Scares and the 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' Syndrome

Guest essay by Rod Martin, Jr. Climate Scares—The New Fable Climate scares are like the old Greek fable. Most of us learned about Aesop’s fables long ago, likely in grade school. But just in case you don’t know the story of the boy who cried “wolf,” here’s a very short synopsis. A boy was given…