My hometown of Newport News, Virginia, is typical of many coastal population centers in the southeast: Its blackest and poorest neighborhoods are also among those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For these communities, global warming isn’t a faraway, long-term problem; it’s a present threat.
The Monitor’s Peter N. Spotts on a new telescope at Harvard’s rural Oak Ridge Observatory specially tuned to hunt for aliens who might be signaling via very bright flashes of light, as from pulsed lasers. Spotts also goes through more traditional SETI methods, such as sifting the radio spectrum for signals. Read it Planetary Society