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October 2021

Earth is named after the Anglo-Saxon word “erda,” which translates to ground or soil. Often referred to as “the blue planet” due to its surface mostly consisting of large oceans. Earth is also the fourth-smallest planet in our solar system and features sprawling mountain scapes, volcanoes, oceans, vast deserts, and much more.

Humans currently inhabit this planet.

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Scientists find that Climate Change is causing Earth to lose its shine

The far reach effects that climate change has on our planet is something researchers are still uncovering. The crisis is responsible for large swaths of problems our planet is currently experiencing, including loss of sea ice, accelerated sea-level rise, and longer, more intense heat waves. Now, a new study indicates that climate change has caused Earth to dim — literally!

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