How Many Earths?

Ever wondered how many stars in the night sky had planets like Earth going around them? That’s what this interactive feature for New Scientist is about. I built it with my colleagues Peter Aldhous and MacGregor Campbell, using data from the Kepler space telescope. Rather than taking up more space here, I’ll let the feature speak for itself; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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The More You Know™

Global warming is real. Humans are causing it. The data are overwhelming. There is a wide scientific consensus on this. If you honestly don’t believe that this is true, then either you have been intentionally misled or you are unaware of the facts. But that’s okay — there are plenty of facts to go around, and they all point to the same conclusion: we are making the planet warmer. The fact that many politicians in this country believe that global warming is not real, or that it is real but humans are not causing it, is a sign of wildly dangerous incompetence that we can’t ignore….

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