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'Unwinding' chromosomes: A unique perspective on determinants of chromosomal width:

 
'Unwinding' chromosomes: A unique perspective on determinants of chromosomal width - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 6 · Chromosomes are a highly condensed form of DNA and are crucial for cell division. During mitosis, chromosomes ensure that genetic material is equally divided among the daughter cells. Interestingly, the dimensions and degree of DNA condensation in mitotic chromosomes vary from organism to organism. How this is regulated - i.e., what factor governs mitotic chromosomal formation and dimensions - remains a mystery. A team of researchers led by Dr. Yasutaka Kakui from Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University; Frank Uhlmann at the Chromosome Segregation Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute; and Toru Hirota, from the Division of Experimental Pathology, Cancer Institute of ...    Read more ...
 

'We are at war with nature’: UN environment chief warns of biodiversity apocalypse:

 
'We are at war with nature’: UN environment chief warns of biodiversity apocalypse - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · Inger Andersen spells out the challenges facing the planet as Cop15 delegates gather inMontreal
The UN’s environment chief has warned that “we are at war with nature” and must “make peace”, as countries gather at Cop15 in Montreal to agree a deal to protect the planet’s biodiversity.
“We’ve just welcomed the 8 billionth member of the human race on this planet. That’s a wonderful birth of a baby, of course. But we need to understand that the more people there are, the more we put the Earth under heavy pressure,” said Inger Andersen, the executive director of the UN environment programme.
“As far as biodiversity is concerned, we are at war with nature. We need to ...
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£18bn project to link UK to huge wind and solar farm in Sahara delayed by a year:

 
£18bn project to link UK to huge wind and solar farm in Sahara delayed by a year - Guardian - Energy
Dec 4 · Exclusive: Dave Lewis, chair of startup hoping to provide 8% of Britain’s energy, tells how political turmoil has delayed undersea cable project
An £18bn project to connect Britain with a huge wind and solar farm in the Sahara through an undersea cable has been delayed by at least a year because of political ructions in Westminster.
The energy startup Xlinks hopes to provide 8% of Britain’s energy supplies through a 3,800km (2,360-mile) cable linking Morocco with the UK, powering 7m homes by 2030.
The project had been expected to begin generating power by 2027. However, that target date now appears unlikely.
The Xlinks’ executive chair, Sir Dave Lewis, a ...
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3 Questions: Robert Stoner unpacks US climate and infrastructure laws:

 
3 Questions: Robert Stoner unpacks US climate and infrastructure laws - MIT - Global Change
Nov 15 · d="M12.132,61.991a5.519,5.519,0,0,1-5.866,5.753A5.554,5.554,0,0,1,.4,61.854a5.809,5.809,0,0,1,1.816-4.383,6.04,6.04,0,0,1,4.05-1.37C9.9,55.965,12.132,58.43,12.132,61.991Zm-8.939-.137c0,2.328,1.117,3.7,3.073,3.7s3.073-1.37,3.073-3.7-1.117-3.835-3.073-3.835C4.45,58.156,3.193,59.526,3.193,61.854Z" transform="translate(-0.4 -55.965)" fill="#333"/> d="M17.884,67.531l-3.352-5.753-1.257-2.191v7.944H10.9V56.3h2.793l3.212,5.616c.419.822.7,1.37,1.257,2.328V56.3h2.374V67.531Z" transform="translate(3.765 -55.889)" fill="#333"/> ...    Read more ...
 

7 opportunities to strengthen ocean-based action in climate strategies:

 
7 opportunities to strengthen ocean-based action in climate strategies - Greenbiz
Dec 6 · Decarbonizing marine transport is one of the many options to pursue.
Offshore wind being built off the East China Sea.
The ocean is rising on the international climate policy agenda and the dialogues around it - 51 national plans include at least one measure aimed at ocean-based mitigation, compared to just 31 in the first round of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) - but will this translate into commitments to act? One clear change is countries’ recognition that the ocean is not merely a victim of climate change, but an important part of the solution.
New analysis from World Resources Institute has found that 77 out of 106 new or updated Nationally ...
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A new, unique covalent organic framework for use in drug delivery and clean energy:

 
A new, unique covalent organic framework for use in drug delivery and clean energy - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · In our quest for clean energy and sustainable health solutions, advanced materials with unique, customizable properties play a crucial role. Among them, a new generation of porous solids known as three dimensional (3D) covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have generated considerable interest owing to potential applications in catalysis, separation, semiconduction, proton conduction, and biomedicine. The novelty of these materials lies in their synthesis as well as their applications. 3D COFs are porous organic materials developed from linking molecular building blocks with strong covalent bonds into crystalline, extended, net-like reticular three-dimensional structures.
However, ...
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A New, Unique Covalent Organic Framework for Use in Drug Delivery and Clean Energy:

 
A New, Unique Covalent Organic Framework for Use in Drug Delivery and Clean Energy - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · In our quest for clean energy and sustainable health solutions, advanced materials with unique, customizable properties play a crucial role. Among them, a new generation of porous solids known as three dimensional (3D) covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have generated considerable interest owing to potential applications in catalysis, separation, semiconduction, proton conduction, and biomedicine. The novelty of these materials lies in their synthesis as well as their applications. 3D COFs are porous organic materials developed from linking molecular building blocks with strong covalent bonds into crystalline, extended, net-like reticular three-dimensional structures.
However, ...
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Advancing the energy transition amidst global crises:

 
Advancing the energy transition amidst global crises - MIT - Global Change
Nov 9 · d="M12.132,61.991a5.519,5.519,0,0,1-5.866,5.753A5.554,5.554,0,0,1,.4,61.854a5.809,5.809,0,0,1,1.816-4.383,6.04,6.04,0,0,1,4.05-1.37C9.9,55.965,12.132,58.43,12.132,61.991Zm-8.939-.137c0,2.328,1.117,3.7,3.073,3.7s3.073-1.37,3.073-3.7-1.117-3.835-3.073-3.835C4.45,58.156,3.193,59.526,3.193,61.854Z" transform="translate(-0.4 -55.965)" fill="#333"/> d="M17.884,67.531l-3.352-5.753-1.257-2.191v7.944H10.9V56.3h2.793l3.212,5.616c.419.822.7,1.37,1.257,2.328V56.3h2.374V67.531Z" transform="translate(3.765 -55.889)" fill="#333"/> ...    Read more ...
 

Advice for Europeans: Bundle up and get ready for outages:

 
Advice for Europeans: Bundle up and get ready for outages - newsletter.climatenexus
Dec 5 · As temperatures drop amid an energy crisis, governments say power blackouts may be necessary to conserve electricity.
Reporting from Paris
Life in some European cities may soon look like this: Staggered electricity outages to save energy. Temporary cuts in mobile phone and internet service. Schools closed for a lack of lighting and heat. Even traffic lights could briefly be powered down.
Europe has spent months preparing for a winter without Russian gas, stockpiling fuel and pushing conservation measures in hopes of maintaining enough energy to keep power grids running.
But as an unseasonable streak of mild weather gives way to freezing temperatures, ...
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Aeromine Rooftop Wind. Static. Silent. 50% more power than Solar PV. What's not to like?:

 
Aeromine Rooftop Wind. Static. Silent. 50% more power than Solar PV. What's not to like? - Just Have A Think
Dec 4 · Rooftop wind power has been a goal for micro power generators around the world for many years now. There’s no shortage of design ideas, but now there’s a new kid on the block that has no visible moving parts, makes no noise, and generates 50% more power than standard solar PV panels. So how do they do that?
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After the deluge - cascading effects of extreme weather on human health:

 
After the deluge - cascading effects of extreme weather on human health - Skeptical Science
Dec 6 · News coverage of this summer’s devastating flood in Pakistan has peaked, but the deluge left behind hasn’t subsided: Experts predict the floodwaters could take six months to fully recede.
An aerial view of Shahdadkot, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Mado, Faridabad, Mehar and other cities of Sindh, Pakistan covered with flood water in 2022. (Photo credit: Ali Hyder Junejo / CC BY 2.0)
The initial damage was devastating. More than 1,500 people died — about half of them children — when record rainfalls and melting glaciers caused catastrophic flooding during the 2022 monsoon season.
But the flooding’s human impacts will be far more long-lasting. ...
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After year of climate disasters, world off-track to curb warming:

 
After year of climate disasters, world off-track to curb warming - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 7 · Catastrophic floods, crop-wilting droughts and record heatwaves this year have shown that climate change warnings are increasingly becoming reality and this is "just the beginning", experts say, as international efforts to cut planet-heating emissions founder. The year did see some important climate progress, with major new legislation particularly in the United States and Europe as well as a deal at the UN climate talks to help vulnerable countries cope with an increasing onslaught of devastating climate impacts.
But the goal of keeping warming within a safer limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius since the pre-industrial era appears increasingly in peril, with carbon dioxide emissions ...
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AGU Fall Meeting 2022 - Cranky Uncle makes an appearance:

 
AGU Fall Meeting 2022 - Cranky Uncle makes an appearance - Skeptical Science
Dec 5 · This year's Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) takes place in Chicago as well as online from December 12 to 16. Thanks to being held in hybrid mode it was feasible for John Cook and me to submit an abstract to one of the sessions. Just like for the European Geosciences Union's (EGU) meeting earlier this year, we decided to hghlight the Cranky Uncle game.
ED11A - Climate Empowerment: Climate Education Initiatives II Online Poster Discussion is being convened by Gina Fiorile, Kathryn Boyd, Anne Gold and Frank Niepold and will happen on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022 from 8a to 9a CST. The abstract for the session looked like a good fit to present the Cranky Uncle ...
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Albanese postpones energy market intervention meeting with states after testing positive for Covid:

 
Albanese postpones energy market intervention meeting with states after testing positive for Covid - Guardian - Energy
Dec 5 · PM urges state and territory leaders to agree to cooperative intervention to halt climbing electricity prices
A critical national cabinet meeting to resolve a stand-off between Canberra and the states over the Albanese government’s long-mooted energy market intervention has been delayed after the prime minister tested positive for Covid-19.
Anthony Albanese revealed he had Covid late on Monday and the prime minister’s office confirmed shortly after that the national cabinet meeting planned for Wednesday had been postponed.
Albanese had been due to dine with the premiers and chief ministers on Tuesday evening but the prime minister is now isolating at his official ...
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Antarctic ice: A better knowledge of the ocean improves the predictability of sea ice variability:

 
Antarctic ice: A better knowledge of the ocean improves the predictability of sea ice variability - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Antarctic sea ice deeply affects the global climate in several ways. It regulates the exchanges of heat and gases between the ocean surface and the atmosphere, and drives the formation of the Antarctic Bottom Water that travels over global oceans. Since continuous satellite records began in the 1980s, the evolution of Antarctic sea-ice has shown patterns of strong regional and seasonal variability, in contrast to a uniform and rapid loss of sea ice that characterized the Arctic domain. Indeed, the Antarctic sea-ice has undergone rapid swings in its net hemispheric coverage since 2012, to first record high (2013-2015) then record low (2016-2022) coverage.
While the sea-ice ...
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Are volcanoes impacted by climate change? Or is it the other way around?:

 
Are volcanoes impacted by climate change? Or is it the other way around? - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · The eruption of Mauna Loa for the first time in 40 years on the Big Island of Hawaii follows a summer and fall that saw record-high temperatures around the world. Is there a connection between climate change and volcanic eruptions?
While a study of Iceland proposes a possible link, scientists at Northeastern University say the effect of volcanic activity on global warming is minimal.
Daniel Douglass and Samuel Munoz of Northeastern's Marine Science Center and Coastal Sustainability Institute say the impact operates in reverse: major explosions of volcanoes in the past have decreased global temperatures by a degree or two for months.
The effect is so pronounced that ...
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Artificial surfing lake to become carbon neutral:

 
Artificial surfing lake to become carbon neutral - BBC
Dec 5 · Work is set to start on a solar and energy storage array at artificial surfing lake The Wave.
The solar installation will produce more energy than The Wave, near Bristol, uses every year, making it carbon neutral.
It is due to be completed and start generating energy from June.
In total the installation is forecast to generate 3 million kWh in year one - its current annual power consumption is 2.25 million kWh.
The company secured £1.45m European Regional Development Fund Growth Programme funding, alongside match funding from South Gloucestershire Council, in the form of a commercial loan, to finance the development.
Excess power generated will be ...
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Biden backs adding Manchin energy bill to must-pass defense measure:

 
Biden backs adding Manchin energy bill to must-pass defense measure - newsletter.climatenexus
Dec 5 · Her comments come amidst a last-minute push by Democratic leadership to add the energy-permitting legislation to the National Defense Authorization Act, according to people familiar with the effort. 
Negotiations about attaching the legislation, which could speed approval of Equitrans Midstream Corp.’s stalled $6.6 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline in Manchin’s home state, to the bill were ongoing at the leadership level and a final decision has yet to be made, the people said.
The legislation could resemble an effort by Manchin in September that would speed the approval of clean-energy, pipeline and electricity transmission projects by ...
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Biologists make case for guiding conservation with a local touch to fight climate change effects:

 
Biologists make case for guiding conservation with a local touch to fight climate change effects - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · As nature reels towards a hotter, drier, harsher future, new conservation tools - seed banks and frozen zoos, gene editing and assisted gene flow - hold promise to help struggling animal and plant populations. The catch: New approaches must incorporate the strengths the species have evolved for their local environments. A group of biologists writing in BioScience makes a case that innovations in understanding local adaptation now can be powerful tools to create second chances when habitats are challenged by changing climates.
Biologists have gotten better at identifying the winning strategies species have evolved to adapt to their environments. This has led to new advancements ...
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Build business resilience with climate-adaptive infrastructure:

 
Build business resilience with climate-adaptive infrastructure - Greenbiz
Dec 5 · Sponsored: Our global climate crisis deepens the need for cleaner, resilient versions of essential systems that keep business operational.
Five strategies can help commercial businesses build resilience to weather the storms. Image courtesy of AdobeStock.
This article is sponsored by Black & Veatch.
As climate change supercharges hurricanes, flooding and drought, U.S. businesses realize the potentially high cost of vulnerability. Flooding is a prime example. According to a study by First Street Foundation and Arup, about 730,000 retail, office and multi-unit residential properties are at risk of flood damage in the U.S. The potential structural damage associated ...
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Building energy-efficient computing platforms:

 
Building energy-efficient computing platforms - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 2 · The massive growth of data centers that consume enormous amounts of energy has contributed significantly to power shortages worldwide. With rising demand for faster and more intelligent computers and devices, there is a pressing need to develop alternatives to traditional electronic components that will make these devices more energy-efficient. In two recent studies, researchers at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), IISc, report the development of a highly energy-efficient computing platform that offers promise in building next-generation electronic devices.
Instead of using complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) which are the building blocks of ...
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Buildings are a massive climate problem, new federal climate disclosure rules can help:

 
Buildings are a massive climate problem, new federal climate disclosure rules can help - newsletter.climatenexus
Dec 2 · The economic toll of Hurricane Ian is still being tallied, but some are estimating that the storm could cost insurers up to $63 billion. If it wasn’t clear before, it should be obvious by now that the real estate industry faces a reckoning with the climate crisis. With a trillion-dollar portfolio of assets that account for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of the economy and the lion’s share of economic damages from disasters, the buildings sector is simultaneously a primary driver of the changing climate and a primary casualty of the climate-related havoc being unleashed across the world.
While a massive undertaking, these are problems that markets can help ...
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California Offshore Wind Firms Show Caution With Modest Bids:

 
California Offshore Wind Firms Show Caution With Modest Bids - Bloomberg Energy Science
Dec 6 · The estimated 4.5 gigawatts that could be developed under the offshore leases later this decade would help California meet its clean energy goals and balance its grid. California has struggled to meet electricity needs amid tight natural gas markets and a prolonged drought that’s stifled hydropower, but offshore wind is seen as a way to bring more supplies online and complement solar generation that ebbs in the evening.
The US government is auctioning five offshore wind leases off central and northern California.
 
The leases would use the vanguard of offshore wind technology: expensive floating turbines that haven’t been commercially deployed in ...
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Can a new technique for capturing 'hot' electrons make solar cells more efficient?:

 
Can a new technique for capturing 'hot' electrons make solar cells more efficient? - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · A new way of extracting quantitative information from state-of-the-art single molecule experiments has been developed by physicists at the University of Bath. Using this quantitative information, the researchers will be able to probe the ultra-fast physics of "hot" electrons on surfaces - the same physics that governs and limits the efficacy of silicon-based solar cells. Solar cells work by converting light into electrons, whose energy can be collected and harvested. A hot solar cell is a novel type of cell that converts sunlight to electricity more efficiently than conventional solar cells. However, the efficiency of this process is limited by the creation of energetic, or "hot," ...    Read more ...
 

Can America go green fast enough?:

 
Can America go green fast enough? - Economist
Dec 5 · On Tuesday the Biden administration will hold the first lease auction for offshore wind development on America’s west coast. The five sites up for grabs along the Californian coastline could propel America closer to Joe Biden’s target of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. Because the sites are in deep waters, they will also be home to America’s first floating turbines.
Investors continue to face headwinds. The Inflation Reduction Act, the most ambitious climate legislation America has ever passed, includes tax breaks for clean-energy technologies. But an onerous, often litigious, permitting process means government agencies can take five years to approve a solar ...
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Can hydropower help ease Europe's energy crisis?:

 
Can hydropower help ease Europe's energy crisis? - Economist
Dec 5 · The Loire, France’s longest river, was an apocalyptic sight this summer. Parts of the river network had dried up completely by mid-August; the rest was reduced to a trickle. It had happened before but this year the timing was particularly bad. Energy prices had soared in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nuclear-power production in France was hampered by maintenance, repairs and low water levels in rivers used for cooling. And in mid-August hydro plants powered by France’s rivers generated just half the electricity they would normally produce in August (based on an average of the three years before). That pattern played out across much of the continent. In 2023 gas prices ...    Read more ...
 

Climate Change in the Forests of Northern Germany:

 
Climate Change in the Forests of Northern Germany - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · More and more trees are suffering the consequences of decades of human-made climate change. The growth of the European beech has so far suffered decline mainly in southern Europe. European beech is Germany's most important native forest tree species and it is most commonly found in Central Europe. A research team from the University of Göttingen has now been able to show that the European beech is suffering from increasing drought stress in summer in northern Germany as well. This climate stress is particularly pronounced at warmer sites, when there is a higher density of these trees together, and on very sandy soils. The results have been published in the journal Global Change ...    Read more ...
 

Climate change in the forests of northern Germany: Team finds widespread drought stress in European beech:

 
Climate change in the forests of northern Germany: Team finds widespread drought stress in European beech - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · More and more trees are suffering the consequences of decades of manmade climate change. The growth of the European beech has so far suffered decline mainly in southern Europe. European beech is Germany's most important native forest tree species, and it is most commonly found in central Europe. A research team from the University of Göttingen has now been able to show that the European beech is suffering from increasing drought stress during summer in northern Germany as well. This climate stress is particularly pronounced at warmer sites, wherever there is a higher density of these trees, and on very sandy soils. The results have been published in the journal Global Change ...    Read more ...
 

Climate change supercharges threat from forest-eating bug:

 
Climate change supercharges threat from forest-eating bug - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · Deep in the Finnish woods, the moss and blueberry shrubs hide a deadly threat to the boreal forests that are as important to the planet as the Amazon rainforest. With chunks of their bark peeling off and needles falling from dying branches, more and more trees are being killed by the spruce bark beetle, which is venturing further and further north with climate change.
The tiny brown insects attack the Picea abies, one of Finland's most common tree species, and can cause massive damage to forests.
Burrowing through the bark to lay their eggs, the beetles eat their way around the spruce and kill it by stopping water and nutrients reaching the higher branches.
"The ...
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Climate protesters facing jail over Barclays damage:

 
Climate protesters facing jail over Barclays damage - BBC
Dec 5 · A group of climate protesters has been found guilty of causing criminal damage after smashing glass windows at the London headquarters of Barclays bank.
The seven women each denied the charge but were convicted over the incident at Canary Wharf on 7 April 2021.
They said they broke the glass windows to "raise the alarm" about the climate.
Prosecutor Diana Wilson told Southwark Crown Court the women could receive sentences ranging from community orders to 18 months in prison.
Carol Wood, 53, of Swansea; Nicola Stickells, 52, of Harleston; Sophie Cowen, 31, of Shaftesbury; Lucy Porter, 48, of Euston; Gabriella Ditton, 28, of Norwich; Rosemary Webster, 64, of ...
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Climate protesters told to pay National Gallery £1,000 for damaging painting:

 
Climate protesters told to pay National Gallery £1,000 for damaging painting - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · Just Stop Oil’s Hannah Hunt and Eden Lazarus found guilty after glueing themselves to Constable’s The Hay Wain
Two climate protesters have been ordered to compensate the National Gallery after they were found guilty of causing more than £1,000 of damage to the Hay Wain, probably John Constable’s best-known painting.
In July Just Stop Oil supporters Hannah Hunt, 23, and Eden Lazarus, 22, taped printed posters of a dystopian reimagining of the landscape over its canvas, before glueing their hands to its gilt frame.
“You can forget our 'green and pleasant land’ when further oil extraction will lead to widespread crop failures which means we will be fighting for food,” ...
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Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet:

 
Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet - Sustainable Brands
Dec 5 · Whether making a widget or a culinary treat, prioritizing a circular life cycle for products helps keep them out of waste streams until they are negligible - or better yet, they never land there.
Those of us in the sustainability space have been talking about “circularity” or the circular economy since at least the early 2000s. However, the idea of a circular economy was first put forth in an essay by economist Kenneth E. Boulding in 1966, entitled “The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth,” where he explained that “we should be in a 'cyclical’ system of production.” Boulding theorized that the open economy was the “cowboy” economy where there are unlimited resources, and ...
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Coastal diatoms' genetic diversity comes to the rescue when aquatic environments change abruptly:

 
Coastal diatoms' genetic diversity comes to the rescue when aquatic environments change abruptly - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 7 · A closed copper mine on the Baltic Sea coast just south of Västervik has helped researchers study the capacity of coastal diatoms to survive when the environmental conditions change. A thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that diatom species have survived discharges of copper into the sea due to their great genetic diversity. By having and retaining strains with broad genetic diversity across the generations, a species can cope with rapid environmental changes without succumbing. This is the case with the diatom species Skeletonema marinoi, which has survived in the inlet waters next to Solstad mine in Sweden during the 400 years of intermittent mining operations there. ...    Read more ...
 

Cold snap poses first test of Britain's efforts to prevent winter power cuts:

 
Cold snap poses first test of Britain's efforts to prevent winter power cuts - newsletter.climatenexus
Dec 5 · A mild start to winter is about to come to shivering halt, putting extra strain on the country’s power supplies
As the first big snowfall of winter threatens to drop this week, it’s not only the forecasters and road gritters who will be twitchy: Britain’s energy executives and policymakers are on tenterhooks.
Many Britons who have held off putting on the heating, afraid of the bulging bills that could follow, may be forced to nudge the thermostat up, putting a strain on the country’s power supplies. National Grid has warned that a confluence of scenarios including a cold snap and a cut-off of Russian gas to Europe could lead to power cuts. Is this the first piece of that ...
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Cold snap poses first test of Britain’s efforts to prevent winter power cuts:

 
Cold snap poses first test of Britain’s efforts to prevent winter power cuts - Guardian - Energy
Dec 5 · A mild start to winter is about to come to shivering halt, putting extra strain on the country’s power supplies
As the first big snowfall of winter threatens to drop this week, it’s not only the forecasters and road gritters who will be twitchy: Britain’s energy executives and policymakers are on tenterhooks.
Many Britons who have held off putting on the heating, afraid of the bulging bills that could follow, may be forced to nudge the thermostat up, putting a strain on the country’s power supplies. National Grid has warned that a confluence of scenarios including a cold snap and a cut-off of Russian gas to Europe could lead to power cuts. Is this the first piece of that ...
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Cold weather shelters to open for rough sleepers:

 
Cold weather shelters to open for rough sleepers - BBC
Dec 7 · Extra emergency accommodation for rough sleepers will open across London tonight, as the weather turns colder.
A Met Office cold weather alert will be in effect in the capital from Wednesday evening until Monday morning.
The alert requires social and healthcare services to target services for high-risk groups of people.
Councils across the capital have also been asked by London's mayor to provide extra shelter for the homeless when the temperature falls below freezing.
It will be the first time since last winter that the severe weather emergency protocol has been activated.
City Hall said all boroughs in London have committed to a pledge that no ...
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Complete Picture of Arctic Sea Ice Freeze-Thaw Cycle Highlights Sea Ice Response to Climate Change:

 
Complete Picture of Arctic Sea Ice Freeze-Thaw Cycle Highlights Sea Ice Response to Climate Change - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · Years of research show that climate change signals are amplified in the Arctic, and that sea ice in this region is sensitive to increases in Arctic warming. Sea ice greatly modifies the exchanges of heat, momentum and mass between the atmosphere and the ocean. So, the timings of the sea ice melt and freeze onsets, as well as the length of the melt and freeze seasons, play a key role in the "heat budget" of the atmosphere-ice-ocean system.
Until now, most studies calculated the Arctic melt and freeze onsets using remote sensing observations from the surface, but rarely investigated the freeze-thaw process at ice bottom.
In a new study published today in the European ...
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Construction industry:

 
Construction industry - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · Plans to redevelop 72 Upper Ground ignore material and climate impact, detractors say
Developers have been urged to “stop demolishing youthful concrete towers at whim” on the opening day of a planning inquiry which will examine plans to replace ITV’s former headquarters on London’s South Bank with a £400m office complex.
Objectors say the plans for 72 Upper Ground, nicknamed “the Slab”, will generate more carbon emissions in its construction than if the 4,000 officer workers it is designed to house were to drive in from Surrey for 30 years.
The inquiry, which comes hot on the heels of a probe into Marks & Spencer’s plans to raze and redevelop its Marble Arch store ...
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Corals' biological clocks can function even without the algae that nourish them:

 
Corals' biological clocks can function even without the algae that nourish them - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · The biological clock is an internal and independent mechanism that dictates daily rhythm, thus enabling an organism to gauge daily and seasonal signals and live in sync with the rhythm of nature, while maintaining timing capabilities that are essential to carrying out important physiological and behavioral processes. For corals, includes breaking down sugar and synthesizing fats, opening and closing their hunting tentacles, and more. In the marine ecosystem, corals and algae maintain a symbiotic relationship such that corals provide algae with shelter and carbon dioxide, while algae, through photosynthesis, supply corals with food and nutrients vital to their survival. This ...    Read more ...
 

Cosmic ray counts hidden in spacecraft data highlight influence of solar cycle at Mars and Venus:

 
Cosmic ray counts hidden in spacecraft data highlight influence of solar cycle at Mars and Venus - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Measurements by ESA's long-serving twin missions, Mars Express and Venus Express, have captured the dance between the intensity of high-energy cosmic rays and the influence of the sun's activity across our inner solar system. A comparison of data from the ASPERA plasma sensor, an instrument carried by both spacecraft, with the number of sunspots visible on the surface of the sun shows how cosmic ray counts are suppressed during peaks of activity in the 11-year solar cycle. The international study, led by Dr. Yoshifumi Futaana of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, has been published today in the The Astrophysical Journal.
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Countries are negotiating a global plastics treaty. It won’t be easy.:

 
Countries are negotiating a global plastics treaty. It won’t be easy. - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Nov 30 · Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! Michael Birnbaum, a climate solutions reporter for The Washington Post, wrote the top of today’s newsletter.
?? Below we have a scoop about a new national monument in Nevada that President Biden is poised to designate. But first:
Everyone agrees plastics are a problem - the question is what to do about them.
They can be found floating in the Arctic Sea, coursing through our bodies and billowing through the air.
Now, representatives from more than 150 countries are gathered in Uruguay this week to begin work on what backers hope will be an international treaty to reduce plastic pollution. Advocates hope to create ...
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Countries making risky bet on forests and soils to reach net zero:

 
Countries making risky bet on forests and soils to reach net zero - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 7 · However, this may prove risky because forests and soils are also threatened by a range of impacts, such as fire, disease, changes in farming practices, and deforestation. These threats mean that forests and soils could lose their stored carbon back to the atmosphere.
There is also a risk of being overly optimistic about the amount of carbon that forests and soils can remove to reach net zero, especially if combined with delays to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.
The findings, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, show that most of the strategies submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) do not ...
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Cultivating a music studio to sound like an indoor forest:

 
Cultivating a music studio to sound like an indoor forest - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 6 · Blackbird Studio in Nashville has an impressive client list that includes Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Johnny Cash, among many others. Part of its success may be because owners John and Martina McBride have focused on creating unique acoustic environments. At the 183rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Dr. Peter D'Antonio of RPG Acoustical Systems and George Massenburg of McGill University will describe "The evolution of Blackbird Studio C," a space designed to provide an accurate and immersive mixing and production environment. The presentation will take place Dec. 6, following a presentation by D'Antonio on a new Non-cuboid Iterative Room ...    Read more ...
 

December serving up baked Alaska and warming most of Arctic:

 
December serving up baked Alaska and warming most of Arctic - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Much of the Arctic is in a burst of freak December warming. In Utqiagvik, Alaska's northernmost community formerly known as Barrow, it hit 40 degrees (4.4 degrees Celsius) Monday morning. That's not only a record by six degrees (3.3 degrees Celsius) but it's the warmest that region has seen on record from late October to late April, according to Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
It rained over the weekend in Nome, Alaska, which is unusual but not unheard of for December and the town also had record-breaking warmth Sunday. Savoonga Creek was flooding and didn't have snow cover, nor did the town ...
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Democrats try to salvage Manchin’s side deal on energy projects:

 
Democrats try to salvage Manchin’s side deal on energy projects - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Dec 4 · The push by Sen. Joe Manchin III to overhaul the nation’s permitting process for infrastructure projects could get some last-ditch help from the House of Representatives, in its annual defense policy measure, according to two people familiar with the matter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been in talks with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) about attaching a version of Manchin’s permitting bill to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), according to the two individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
New text of the defense bill that includes the permitting bill could be released ...
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Elderly villagers become film stars to put Bolivia’s climate plight in focus:

 
Elderly villagers become film stars to put Bolivia’s climate plight in focus - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · Don José and Doña Luisa, both in their 70s, are the true-life love story at the heart of Utama, which shows how drought is depopulating the highlands
Except for three children playing under a tree, there is not a soul to be seen in Santiago de Chuvica.
Until a couple of months ago, few people even in Bolivia had heard of this small town on the altiplano, the highlands that make up the western part of the country.
Then two of its residents, Don José Calcina and Doña Luisa Quispe, became the unlikely stars of Utama, a film that has swept prizes on the festival circuit and shone a light on a part of the country that has long been overlooked – and is now an early ...
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Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars:

 
Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 5 · Hybrid vehicles so popular they account for one in every three cars sold by Toyota
Hybrid vehicles that combine battery and fuel technology are proving increasingly popular in Australia with sales double that of more expensive electric-only cars.
Sales figures released this week show that low-emissions cars are soaring in popularity.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data reveals more than 8,500 hybrid vehicles were sold in November – almost double the number of battery electric vehicles at 4,457.
Hybrid vehicles have become so popular in Australia they now account for one in every three cars sold by Toyota.
Experts say the trend may be a ...
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Energy crisis fuels renewables boom: IEA:

 
Energy crisis fuels renewables boom: IEA - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 6 · The energy crisis is fuelling an acceleration of the rollout of renewable power, raising hopes for efforts to meet ambitious targets against global warming, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Total renewables capacity growth worldwide is set to almost double in the next five years and overtake coal as the largest source of electricity generation by 2025, the IEA said in a report.
The 2,400-gigawatt growth between 2022-2027 is almost a third higher than last year's IEA forecast, according to the Paris-based agency, which advises developed nations.
This would help "keep alive the possibility of limiting global warming to 1.5 (degrees Celsius)", the IEA said, ...
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Energy footprint found to be reduced by the alternative community lifestyle:

 
Energy footprint found to be reduced by the alternative community lifestyle - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · A study conducted by the UPV/EHU's Ekopol and Life Cycle Thinking groups concludes that an alternative community lifestyle can reduce energy consumption due to the significance of the energy used in the goods and services consumed. Specifically, they have estimated that the energy footprint per inhabitant of the Errekaleor neighborhood (in Vitoria-Gasteiz) is 24% lower than the regional average. The global transformation towards renewable, fair, democratic energy systems entails identifying the energy needs of citizens and taking the different lifestyles and consumption patterns of citizens into consideration. "The unlimited consumption model of today's society has already led to a ...    Read more ...
 

Enhancing and protecting Canada's carbon stocks is essential but insufficient to meet GHG emission targets: Report:

 
Enhancing and protecting Canada's carbon stocks is essential but insufficient to meet GHG emission targets: Report - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Enhancing carbon storage in natural ecosystems could put a small but significant dent in Canada's GHG emissions, but an aggressive commitment to reducing human-caused emissions remains critically important, according to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). Preserving these existing landscapes, however, is imperative to successful climate action - development and land-use changes, as well as increasing temperatures, make them vulnerable to disturbance and risk the release of more GHGs into the atmosphere. Full implementation of nature-based climate solutions (NBCSs) would mitigate a small fraction of Canada's current annual emissions, even with ...    Read more ...
 

ENVIRONMENTAL:

 
ENVIRONMENTAL - newsletter.climatenexus
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Estimating forest desiccation to better predict fire danger:

 
Estimating forest desiccation to better predict fire danger - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 6 · Desiccation of tree foliage is a key factor in the spread of fires. However, during droughts, changes in the water content of forest canopies remain poorly understood. Scientists from INRAE and the CNRS have developed the first model to predict canopy water content during drought and heat waves. Their results, published in the journal New Phytologist, could enable the development of fire danger forecasting models that include the role of vegetation in their calculations. Climate change and increasing drought are making forest fires a growing threat in many parts of the world, including France. Currently, fire departments base their forecasts on climate and weather data without ...    Read more ...
 

Ethereum change cut cryptocurrency power demand:

 
Ethereum change cut cryptocurrency power demand - BBC
Dec 6 · A change in the way the cryptocurrency Ethereum works may have cut its power consumption by country-sized amounts.
The amount of electricity saved is similar to that used by Ireland or even Austria, work published in the data-science journal Patterns suggests.
Bitcoin, the largest crypto, is thought to use more electricity than Finland.
It has even been suggested emissions from Bitcoin could exceed the global savings currently made by driving electric vehicles, the article notes.
Like all cryptocurrencies, Ethereum relies on a blockchain, a giant, constantly updating database, logging every transaction.
Previously, this was maintained and verified by a ...
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EU agrees ban on goods linked to deforestation:

 
EU agrees ban on goods linked to deforestation - BBC
Dec 6 · The European Union has agreed a new law that would ban the import of products linked to deforestation.
Household goods such as coffee, chocolate, and some furniture will have to pass strict checks to ensure forests weren't damaged to create them.
Environmental group Greenpeace called it a breakthrough, but some countries said the rules would hurt international trade.
The EU said the rules would cut carbon emissions worldwide.
The rules cover palm oil, cattle, soy, coffee, cocoa, timber and rubber that is imported into the EU.
They also cover anything derived from these products, such as beef, the European Commission said in a press ...
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EU agrees ban on imports driving deforestation:

 
EU agrees ban on imports driving deforestation - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday to ban the import of products including coffee, cocoa and soy in cases where they are deemed to contribute to deforestation. The draft law, which aims to ensure "deforestation-free supply chains" for the 27-nation EU, was hailed by environmental groups as "groundbreaking".
It requires companies importing into the EU to guarantee products are not produced on land that suffered deforestation after December 31, 2020, and that they comply with all laws of the source country.
The scope encompasses palm oil, cattle, soy, coffee, cocoa, timber and rubber as well as derived products such as beef, furniture and ...
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EU chief flags concerns about Biden’s ‘buy American’ climate plans:

 
EU chief flags concerns about Biden’s ‘buy American’ climate plans - Climate Change News - Politics
Dec 5 · Ursula von der Leyen is mooting increased public support for EU cleantech industries, in response to the US’ Inflation Reduction Act
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (Photo: European Parliament/Flickr)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed the need to adjust EU state aid rules, argued for European funding for a European industrial policy, and insisted on upholding cordial relations with the US ahead of biannual consultations.
The bi-annual Trade and Technology Council has become an exchange forum for trade issues between the EU and the US since its launch in June 2021. Relations between the partners are at a low ...
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Europe is looking for ways to counter the new US climate law:

 
Europe is looking for ways to counter the new US climate law - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · The European Union should improve its state aid rules and consider more green transition funding to offset possible distortions from the new U.S. climate and tax law, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. Her remarks came a day before the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council ministerial meeting to be held at the University of Maryland, where the law is likely to be a hot topic.
The legislation, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, passed this summer and has become a point of contention in Europe, with complaints that Washington is attempting to lure business investment away from the bloc with massive subsidies.
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EV Transition Threatened as Battery Prices Rise for First Time:

 
EV Transition Threatened as Battery Prices Rise for First Time - Bloomberg Energy Science
Dec 6 · The higher prices strike at a delicate moment. Automakers worldwide are rolling out new electric car and truck models aimed at the mass market, not just early adopters, and high battery prices are one of main reasons EVs cost more up-front than comparable gas-burning cars. That EV premium is expected to disappear once battery prices drop below $100/kWh, a milestone BNEF previously forecast would arrive in 2024. Now the research firm forecasts reaching that tipping point in 2026. 
 
Cost of metals expected to keep prices high until 2024.
To contact the author of this story:David R Baker in San Francisco at dbaker116@bloomberg.net
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Evaluating atmospheric mercury (Hg) uptake by vegetation in a chemistry-transport model:

 
Evaluating atmospheric mercury (Hg) uptake by vegetation in a chemistry-transport model - MIT - Global Change -Publications
Nov 28 · Authors' Summary: Vegetation uptake is one of largest sinks of atmospheric mercury (Hg) from the atmosphere and a major source of Hg to soils. We better quantify its importance to the global biogeochemical Hg cycle by updating an atmospheric chemistry model with information from newly available measurement datasets.
Our revised dry deposition scheme yields improved model agreement with atmospheric Hg seasonality in Northern midlatitudes and Hg concentrations in South America.
We calculate a dry deposition flux to land that is approximately double previous model estimates. Using our revised model, we also illustrate the potential importance of land-atmosphere feedbacks: ...
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Exploring a warm water inflow below an Antarctic ice shelf:

 
Exploring a warm water inflow below an Antarctic ice shelf - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · The cold, dense water circulating under Antarctica's Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS) keeps under-ice melting there to a minimum, helping the ice shelf act as a regulating force against the Antarctic Ice Sheet's contribution to global sea level rise. FRIS accounts for 10% of all ice discharge from the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Although it is stable today, climate models predict that ocean currents may shift in the future, possibly ushering large volumes of relatively warm water into the cavity beneath the ice shelf.
Currently, only a single narrow band of warmer water, called Modified Warm Deep Water (MWDW), makes its way to the front of the ice shelf. However, the drivers of this ...
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Extinctions, shrinking habitat spur 'rewilding' in cities:

 
Extinctions, shrinking habitat spur 'rewilding' in cities - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 7 · In a bustling metro area of 4.3 million people, Yale University wildlife biologist Nyeema Harris ventures into isolated thickets to study Detroit's most elusive residents - coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks among them. Harris and colleagues have placed trail cameras in woodsy sections of 25 city parks for the past five years. They've recorded thousands of images of animals that emerge mostly at night to roam and forage, revealing a wild side many locals might not know exists.
"We're getting more and more exposure to wildlife in urban environments," Harris said recently while checking several of the devices fastened to trees with steel cables near the ground. "As we're ...
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Fictional 'Two Degrees’ aims to engage 8 to 14 year olds on climate:

 
Fictional 'Two Degrees’ aims to engage 8 to 14 year olds on climate - Yale Climate Connections - Arts
Dec 5 · Yale Climate Connections
“My home territory.”
That’s how fiction writer Alan Gratz describes his focus on those generally eight- to 14-year-olds and in the fifth-to-eighth middle grades, between their elementary and secondary school years.
Gratz has written a number of books for what he prefers to call “young people” or “kids” – including, most recently, “Two Degrees” focusing on climate change. Gratz, a resident of Asheville, N.C., sat for a Zoom interview with Yale Climate Connections to discuss his latest book, published this past October.
Bud Ward: Is it accurate to describe “Two Degrees” as science fiction?
Alan Gratz: Great question. That term is ...
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Fighting Climate Change Through Carbon Removal:

 
Fighting Climate Change Through Carbon Removal - Climate Engineering (Lockley - Playlist)
Dec 5 · From reducing carbon emissions to removing carbon from the atmosphere, much is needed in the move to a net-zero economy.\n \nNasdaq President of European Markets Bjørn Sibbern discusses the steps Nasdaq has taken to help combat climate change.\n \nLearn More: https://www.nasdaq.com/solutions/carbon-removal-marketplace | By Nasdaq    Read more ...
 

Firm wants more time to dismantle fracking site:

 
Firm wants more time to dismantle fracking site - BBC
Dec 5 · Energy firm Cuadrilla is asking for two more years to decommission its shale gas wells on land in Lancashire.
It would give the firm until April 2025 to fully dismantle the wells and restore the land at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
The move would not permit any further drilling or fracking, which was banned there after tremors in 2019.
Cuadrilla is to apply to Lancashire County Council for planning permission to allow the extra time.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service said campaigners and a local councillor in Little Plumpton have questioned the need for the time extension.
Councillor John Singleton said: "There is a clear steer from the ...
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Forest resilience linked with higher mortality risk in western U.S., study finds:

 
Forest resilience linked with higher mortality risk in western U.S., study finds - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · A forest's resilience, or ability to absorb environmental disturbances, has long been thought to be a boost for its odds of survival against the looming threat of climate change. But a new study suggests that for some western U.S. forests, it's quite the opposite.
In the journal Global Change Biology, researchers have published one of the first large-scale studies of U.S. forest land, exploring the link between forest resilience and mortality.
The study is based on more than three decades of satellite image data used for assessing forest resilience, and more than two decades of ground observations of forest tree death across the continental United States.
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Forest Resilience Linked With Higher Mortality Risk in Western US:

 
Forest Resilience Linked With Higher Mortality Risk in Western US - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · A forest's resilience, or ability to absorb environmental disturbances, has long been thought to be a boost for its odds of survival against the looming threat of climate change.
But a new study suggests that for some Western U.S. forests, it's quite the opposite.
In the journal Global Change Biology, researchers have published one of the first large-scale studies of U.S. forest land exploring the link between forest resilience and mortality.
The study is based on more than three decades of satellite image data used for assessing forest resilience, and more than two decades of ground observations of forest tree death across the continental United States.
The ...
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Forest Service to Explore a New Frontier—Electric Trucks:

 
Forest Service to Explore a New Frontier—Electric Trucks - Scientific American - Climate
Dec 6 · Gift a year of science journalism
As part of the push to electrify government fleets, employees at three national forests will test out Ford F-150 Lightnings for field operations in rugged and remote areas
The U.S. Forest Service is used to exploring new frontiers. The latest one? Electric trucks.
The federal agency is undertaking a 12-month pilot program to test whether battery-powered pickups are up to the task of traversing some of the country’s most rugged and remote terrains for field operations.
With the Biden administration pushing for all new government vehicles to be electric by 2035, the first-of-its-kind program is an early opportunity for ...
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Forest wildflowers and their overstory trees are changing with climate, but not always keeping pace:

 
Forest wildflowers and their overstory trees are changing with climate, but not always keeping pace - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · For spring ephemerals, timing is everything. These special wildflowers grow in temperate forests around the world, early in spring before the trees leaf out. Come out too early and it's still winter, too late and it's too shady under the forest canopy. But our world is changing, and its plant life with it. We already see plants shifting their timing in response to warming temperatures, like cherry blossoms arriving earlier and earlier each year. When one part of the ecosystem shifts, will the other organisms that depend on it shift too, or will they be out of luck?
In a recent Nature Communications study, an international team of researchers looked at spring ephemerals around ...
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Friends or Frenemies?: Significant Trans-Atlantic Divides Emerge in Global Chip War:

 
Friends or Frenemies?: Significant Trans-Atlantic Divides Emerge in Global Chip War - Spiegel
Dec 2 · U.S. President Joe Biden: America first
They cost up to $200 million each and weigh 180 tons. Delivering them requires loading individual parts into three jumbo jets. Once assembled, they are as big as a bus and packed with a high-powered laser, precision lenses and electric robots. Lithography machines can be used to manufacture semiconductors for smartphones, cars or even jet aircraft and the Dutch company ASML supplies this top European technology to chip factories all over the world. But not to China.
The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 49/2022 (December 3rd, 2022) of DER SPIEGEL.
If United States President Joe Biden gets his way, ...
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Genetic barriers, a warming ocean, and the uncertain future for an important forage fish:

 
Genetic barriers, a warming ocean, and the uncertain future for an important forage fish - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · In the vast oceans, one would assume their inhabitants can travel far and wide and, as a result, populations of a species would mix freely. But this doesn't appear to be the case for a vital forage fish called the sand lance. Sand lance are small schooling fish impressively rich in lipids, which makes them a fantastic and significant food source for at least 70 different species ranging from whales and sharks to seabirds, says UConn Associate Professor of Marine Sciences Hannes Baumann.
The Northern sand lance can be found from the waters off New Jersey all the way north to Greenland. Researchers, including Baumann and Ph.D. student Lucas Jones, were interested to see if sand ...
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Glassy discovery offers computational windfall to researchers across disciplines:

 
Glassy discovery offers computational windfall to researchers across disciplines - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · John Crocker had expected to see a flat line - a familiar horizontal track with some slight peaks and valleys - but the plot of energy in front of him dove sharply downward. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime finding," says Crocker.
"It was as if the simulation had unexpectedly fallen into a deep canyon on an energy surface. This was lucky for two reasons. Firstly, it turned out to be a game changer for our study of glassy materials. And secondly, similar canyons have the potential to help others grappling with the same computational obstacles we face in our field, from computer scientists working on machine learning algorithms to bioengineers studying protein folding. We ended up ...
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Global Emissions “Peak” Was an Illusion:

 
Global Emissions “Peak” Was an Illusion - Climate Crocks
Dec 5 · Near the end of 2020, as the covid-19 pandemic continued to rage, a few climate scientists and energy experts made a prediction. They estimated that emissions from fossil fuels - which had just plummeted thanks to the global pandemic - might never again reach the heights of 2019. Perhaps, they speculated, after over a century of ever more carbon dioxide flowing into the atmosphere, the world had finally reached “peak” emissions.
They were wrong.
According to a report released last month by the Global Carbon Project, carbon emissions from fossil fuels in 2022 are expected to reach 37.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide, the highest ever recorded. That means that despite the ...
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Global ZEV Infrastructure Innovations Accelerating Transportation Decarbonization:

 
Global ZEV Infrastructure Innovations Accelerating Transportation Decarbonization - Legal Planet
Dec 5 · Last month at COP 27 in Egypt, CLEE partnered with the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) to release a brief with six case studies of jurisdictions supporting the zero-emission vehicle market and installation of charging infrastructure. We at CLEE (including my co-authors Shruti Sarode and Ethan Elkind) worked with leading practitioners from around the globe to learn about how strategic policies, investments, and private-public partnerships are accelerating zero-emission vehicle deployment. The result of our research is captured in the Case Study brief Deploying Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Innovations to Accelerate Transport Decarbonisation, which highlights ...    Read more ...
 

Greenhouse gas emissions:

 
Greenhouse gas emissions - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 4 · The 2022 Climate Check international survey also found support in Australia for a crackdown on 'greenwashing’
Australian businesses are more likely to wind back efforts to cut carbon emissions when the economy slows than their global counterparts, a survey of 700 firms in 14 nations has found.
However, Deloitte’s gauge of private companies with annual turnover of between $US250m-$US10bn ($A366m-$A14.6bn) also found about two-thirds of the 50 Australian executives surveyed supported new regulations and a crackdown on so-called greenwashing, both higher than the global average.
The 2022 Climate Check, taken just prior to last month’s Cop27 climate conference in ...
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Greenland Ice Sheet: Short-Lived Ice Streams:

 
Greenland Ice Sheet: Short-Lived Ice Streams - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · Major ice streams can shut down, shifting rapid ice transport to other parts of the ice sheet, within a few thousand years. This was determined in reconstructions of two ice streams, based on ice-penetrating radar scans of the Greenland ice sheet, that a team of researchers led by the Alfred Wegener Institute have just presented in the journal Nature Geoscience.
How quickly the sea level rises in the future will to a great extent depend on how dynamic or stable the Greenland ice sheet is -- ice that has, through its mass loss, contributed ca. 40 mm to sea-level rise since 1900. In addition to melting on its surface and base, the sheet loses mass through ice streams -- ...
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Harvesting light to grow food and clean energy together:

 
Harvesting light to grow food and clean energy together - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 6 · People are increasingly trying to grow both food and clean energy on the same land to help meet the challenges of climate change, drought and a growing global population that just topped 8 billion. This effort includes agrivoltaics, in which crops are grown under the shade of solar panels, ideally with less water. Now scientists from the University of California, Davis, are investigating how to better harvest the sun - and its optimal light spectrum - to make agrivoltaic systems more efficient in arid agricultural regions like California.
Their study, published in Earth's Future, found that the red part of the light spectrum is more efficient for growing plants, while the ...
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Harvesting Untapped Source of Freshwater:

 
Harvesting Untapped Source of Freshwater - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · An almost limitless supply of fresh water exists in the form of water vapor above Earth's oceans, yet remains untapped, researchers said. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the first to suggest an investment in new infrastructure capable of harvesting oceanic water vapor as a solution to limited supplies of fresh water in various locations around the world.
The study, led by civil and environmental engineering professor and Prairie Research Institute executive director Praveen Kumar, evaluated 14 water-stressed locations across the globe for the feasibility of a hypothetical structure capable of capturing water vapor from above the ocean and ...
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Health benefits from wind power could quadruple if polluting power plants turn down output when wind is available:

 
Health benefits from wind power could quadruple if polluting power plants turn down output when wind is available - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 2 · Nearly 10% of today's electricity in the United States comes from wind power. The renewable energy source benefits climate, air quality, and public health by displacing emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants that would otherwise be produced by fossil-fuel-based power plants. A new MIT study finds that the health benefits associated with wind power could more than quadruple if operators prioritized turning down output from the most polluting fossil-fuel-based power plants when energy from wind is available.
In the study, published in Science Advances, researchers analyzed the hourly activity of wind turbines, as well as the reported emissions from every ...
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Heat will stay on in Europe this winter, but after?:

 
Heat will stay on in Europe this winter, but after? - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 7 · Europe is likely to scrape through this winter without cutting off gas customers despite reduced Russian supplies, but even adjusting to colder homes and paying more may not be enough in coming years, analysts say. "I like a hot house, I have to admit... I really used a lot of gas," said Sofie de Rous, who until this year kept her home on the Belgian coast at a toasty 21 degrees Celsius (70F).
But like millions of other Europeans, the 41-year-old employee at an architectural firm has had to turn down the thermostat after energy prices surged following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.
Russia's progressive reduction of gas supplies to Europe via pipeline ...
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High fossil fuel prices mean UK cannot delay transition to low emissions steel:

 
High fossil fuel prices mean UK cannot delay transition to low emissions steel - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 5 · Steel is essential for making many of the technologies that will end fossil fuel combustion, including electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. Unfortunately, to produce a lot of steel, manufacturers need to burn a lot of fossil fuel. Steel production accounted for 2% of the UK's emissions in 2019 and ranks second for energy consumption among the country's heavy industries. Roughly two-thirds of this energy comes from coal.
The blast furnaces of steelworks burn a special type called coking coal (which is converted to a hard and porous fuel known as coke) at temperatures of up to 2,000°C, producing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) - around 1.8 tons for each ton ...
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How criminalizing protests stifles climate justice | Red, Green, and Blue:

 
How criminalizing protests stifles climate justice | Red, Green, and Blue - Guardian
Dec 5 · Exclusive: Emails show how NSW premier Dominic Perrottet’s advisers, along with several other ministers, sought to fast-track bill after media furore
The bill that led to climate activist Deanna “Violet” Coco being jailed for 15 months had not even made it through the New South Wales parliament in April when the offices of multiple ministers were pushing to have it rubber-stamped by the state’s governor.
Documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal how the governor, Margaret Beazley, agreed to return to her office about 11pm after a function in April to sign off on the laws after a senior public servant complained he was “copping it from absolutely every ...
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How Should the USDA Spend its Research Budget? (We Have Some Ideas.):

 
How Should the USDA Spend its Research Budget? (We Have Some Ideas.) - Union of Concerned Scientists - Food and Agriculture
Dec 6 · One of the many functions of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to advance cross-cutting, innovative research in, well, agriculture. With a budget of $4.1 billion for research (which sounded like a lot until I realized it was mere 2% of the overall USDA budget of $198 billion), the USDA funds scientific work within its own agencies, as well as through grants to other organizations. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) oversees nearly half of the total research budget, or $1.96 billion, to advance this mission through non-competitive and competitive grants for research, training (or extension), and education.
Recently, NIFA asked the public ...
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How the current Southwestern North American megadrought is affecting Earth's upper atmosphere:

 
How the current Southwestern North American megadrought is affecting Earth's upper atmosphere - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Subsequently, they were able to observe changes in upper atmosphere gravity waves at two locations (Albuquerque, New Mexico and Ft. Collins, Colorado) over a 20-year period. Their results, describing how the waves changed following the drought's onset, have now been published in Geophysical Research Letters.
In 1994, a team led by Gardner installed a lidar system on a large telescope at the Starfire Optical Range outside of Albuquerque, NM on the Kirtland Air Force Base. The lidar system measured temperature and winds in the upper atmosphere, using atomic sodium as the target species until late 2000.
Cosmic dust particles that are vaporized in Earth's atmosphere are the ...
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How tree species link fungal partners across a large-scale forest ecosystem:

 
How tree species link fungal partners across a large-scale forest ecosystem - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 6 · In a study published in Science China Life Sciences, a team surveyed hyper-diverse fungal communities in approximately 500 paired leaf and soil samples, which were associated with 55 tree species that are located over 2,000-km span of mountain forests in eastern China. "It wasn't an easy job. We spent the whole two years completing the field sampling. Climbing mountains, searching for trees, collecting soils and leaves, and so on," says Yang, first author of the study.
At the beginning, Yang, together with lab director Haiyan Chu, sought to compare the fungal biogeographic patterns in leaves and soils. Previously, in The ISME Journal, they reported a significant phylogenetic ...
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Humanity has become 'weapon of mass extinction’, UN head tells Cop15 launch:

 
Humanity has become 'weapon of mass extinction’, UN head tells Cop15 launch - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · António Guterres calls for end to destruction of nature as Canada pushes proposal to protect 30% of Earth
Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction and governments must end the “orgy of destruction”, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has said at the beginning of the biodiversity Cop15.
“We are out of harmony with nature. In fact, we are playing an entirely different song. Around the world, for hundreds of years, we have conducted a cacophony of chaos, played with instruments of destruction. Deforestation and desertification are creating wastelands of once-thriving ecosystems,” he said.
“Our land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and ...
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Imminent Cumbria coalmine decision likely to cause new Tory split:

 
Imminent Cumbria coalmine decision likely to cause new Tory split - Guardian - Energy
Dec 6 · Expected approval for coalmine opening could provoke backlash from party’s many opposing voices
Michael Gove could green light the first UK coalmine in a generation as soon as Wednesday, in a move likely to open up new dividing lines among Conservatives.
A number of high-profile Tories have previously spoken out against the plans for a new mine outside Whitehaven in Cumbria, including former cabinet ministers Kwasi Kwarteng, Alok Sharma, Robert Buckland and Tobias Ellwood.
When he was prime minister, Boris Johnson said: “I’m not in favour of more coal, let’s be absolutely clear,” but he added that the decision was being made by an independent public inquiry. ...
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In a world upside down, boards must drive stakeholder capitalism:

 
In a world upside down, boards must drive stakeholder capitalism - Greenbiz
Dec 5 · Corporate and political leadership towards a better, more sustainable world means taking difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions.
2022 will go down in history as one of the years when the world was turned upside down.
With COVID-19 still lurking in the background, fundamental agreements and values were violated and sent the world into a downward spiral of inflation, increasing food and energy prices, while the climate clearly demonstrated what happens when global temperatures approach a 1.5 degrees Celsius increase. Today, we face a deeply fragmented world that is becoming more divided. A world where corporate and political leadership towards a better, more ...
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India Chases Clean Energy, but Economic Goals Put Coal First:

 
India Chases Clean Energy, but Economic Goals Put Coal First - New York Times - Climate Section
Dec 7 · “I will not compromise on the availability of power,” India’s energy minister has declared in defense of fossil fuel use, which is heavily subsidized.
Emily Schmall, a South Asia correspondent, reported from New Delhi. Clifford Krauss, who covers energy, reported from Houston.
In the shadow of a retired coal-fired power plant in India’s capital, Meena Devi tries to make her family home - four brick walls with a tin roof - a safe place to breathe.
Though the smokestacks at the plant went dormant years ago under a court order, there is no shortage of hazards in her air, ranging from vehicular exhaust to construction dust to ash from crop stubble burning in adjacent ...
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Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak agree to increase gas exports from US to UK:

 
Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak agree to increase gas exports from US to UK - Guardian - Energy
Dec 6 · Leaders announce partnership to reduce global dependence on Russian energy
Joe Biden has agreed a deal to ramp up gas exports from the US to the UK as part of a joint effort to cut bills and limit Russia’s impact on western energy supplies.
Sunak and Biden announced an “energy security and affordability partnership” and set up a joint action group, led by Westminster and White House officials, with the aim of reducing global dependence on Russian energy.
Britain was not reliant on large quantities of Russian gas before the invasion of Ukraine but has been exposed to the huge rises in prices as European neighbours competed for other supplies as they rushed to fill ...
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Lessons from the World Cup: How a changing climate is changing sports:

 
Lessons from the World Cup: How a changing climate is changing sports - Grist Climate and Energy
Nov 30 · Shortly before the English national team took the field in Qatar for its 2022 World Cup debut, its official Twitter account posted a video of players flocking to the sidelines of a training session, dripping in sweat and taking turns cooling down in front of a mist machine. “It was hard,” English defender Conor Coady told press after the practice. “It was something we needed as a team, to get used to [the heat], to feel it, to understand it.”
World Cups are usually held in early summer, but this year’s competition was delayed because of the Middle East’s searing heat. Even still, outdoor temperatures hovered in the low 90s as hopeful teams arrived in Qatar in early ...
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Local air regulators say it's impossible to meet smog standards without federal help:

 
Local air regulators say it's impossible to meet smog standards without federal help - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Southern California air regulators have approved a sweeping plan to reduce pollution in the nation's smoggiest region within the next two decades, but say they cannot meet national air quality standards without federal action. The South Coast Air Quality Management District governing board voted 9-2 on Friday to adopt a nearly 5,000-page plan, which is expected to serve as a roadmap on how the air district expects to comply with the 2015 federal standard for ozone (the lung-aggravating haze commonly known as smog).
Within the voluminous report, the air district outlines dozens of potential measures that could reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxides and bring the region closer to ...
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Long-lived lakes reveal a history of water on Mars:

 
Long-lived lakes reveal a history of water on Mars - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · The northern hemisphere of Mars is divided into two broadly distinctive areas: the smooth northern lowlands and the pockmarked southern highlands. The region of Arabia Terra sits along the transition between these two regions and is thought to contain some of the planet's oldest rocks, at more than 3.7 billion years old. Among the craters in the southern highlands, valleys and paleolakes abound, exposing sedimentary and geomorphologic evidence of liquid water. However, relatively few paleolakes have been identified in Arabia Terra.
Z. I. Dickeson and colleagues used imagery and data from NASA's Context Camera (CTX), High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), and ...
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Los Angeles Bans New Oil Wells, Plans to Close Existing Ones:

 
Los Angeles Bans New Oil Wells, Plans to Close Existing Ones - Scientific American - Climate
Dec 5 · Gift a year of science journalism
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban new oil and gas wells in the city and eventually close existing ones
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to ban new oil and gas wells in the city and eventually close existing ones, part of an oil phaseout trend in California.
Los Angeles officials called the move necessary to protect the health of residents who live near oil wells. It’s also aimed at curbing climate change. The nation’s second-largest city wants to achieve 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2035.
“When this ordinance goes into place, there will be no new oil ...
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Machine learning approach to reconstructing high-resolution ocean subsurface salinity dataset:

 
Machine learning approach to reconstructing high-resolution ocean subsurface salinity dataset - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · As a key parameter of sea water, salinity plays a vital role in regulating ocean density, stratification, and circulation. It also indicates the coupling between ocean, atmosphere, and land through water cycle. Gridded ocean datasets with complete global ocean coverage are significant to marine and climate research. Currently, due to the sparsity of in situ observations, most ocean salinity gridded products are with 1° × 1° horizonal resolution, which is insufficient to meet the requirements of small-scale marine information research.
Recently, researchers from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported a high-resolution (0.25° ...
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Managing the Risks of a Temporary Temperature Overshoot:

 
Managing the Risks of a Temporary Temperature Overshoot - Climate Engineering (Lockley - Playlist)
Nov 25 · Managing the Risks of a Temporary Temperature Overshoot: The Potential Role of Climate-Altering Techniques in Africa’s Just Energy Transition.\n\n This side event discussed the risks of a temporary temperature overshoot in the African region and explored the role of Carbon Dioxide Removal in the context of a just energy transition to identify opportunities for sustainable development in Africa that can contribute to improving livelihoods while reducing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. The expert speakers looked at the critical role of Africa in shaping discussions around the international governance of solar radiation modification as a possible climate response ... | By C2G Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative    Read more ...
 

More Fossil Natural Gas Won’t Lower High Energy Bills:

 
More Fossil Natural Gas Won’t Lower High Energy Bills - Union of Concerned Scientists - Energy
Dec 5 · Today’s high energy prices are the result of recent events and long-term strategies.
Reliance on fossil natural gas and the slow adoption of renewable energy contributed to electricity bills in New England in the first nine months of 2022 that are $5 billion higher than the prior year. Prices elsewhere in the country doubled.
The boom in gas production got us into this situation. Light-handed fracking gas well regulation and favorable treatment of gas-burning electric generation set the stage for our increased dependency on fossil natural gas. The gas industry saw the resulting gas glut as an export opportunity, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals as the ...
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Most UK universities failing to hit carbon reduction targets:

 
Most UK universities failing to hit carbon reduction targets - Guardian - Energy
Dec 6 · Campaign group calls for institutions to be accountable via short-term assessments after 59% missed goals
The majority of UK universities have failed to meet their carbon reduction targets, figures reveal.
The sector had a goal to reduce emissions directly controlled by institutions by 43% between 2005-06 and 2020-21.
However, 59% did not meet this target, according to the estates management record at the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This data has been used by the People and Planet University League to rank universities’ efforts to reduce carbon.
This year, Cardiff Metropolitan University topped the league table for the first time with a 65% decrease ...
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NAF Series: Kelly Kinetic & Shaun Kinetic, Co-founders of Charm Industrial, on Carbon Removal Tech:

 
NAF Series: Kelly Kinetic & Shaun Kinetic, Co-founders of Charm Industrial, on Carbon Removal Tech - Climate Engineering (Lockley - Playlist)
Dec 2 · Kelly Kinetic \u0026 Shaun Kinetic, Co-founders of Charm Industrial, joined us for a fireside chat as part of our New American Frontier (NAF) speaker series. \n\nKelly Kinetic is the CTO and Co-founder at Charm Industrial, where she leads the engineering team developing their pyrolysis and gasification systems. Prior to Charm, she led the early upper stage design at Astra, and the mechanical design at Planet for their constellation of Dove satellites. She studied mechanical engineering at Brown University.\n\nShaun Kinetic is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Charm Industrial, leading their R\u0026D and system engineering teams. Before Charm, Shaun built the Avionics team for the ... | By South Park Commons    Read more ...
 

NASA capsule flies over Apollo landing sites, heads home:

 
NASA capsule flies over Apollo landing sites, heads home - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · NASA's Orion capsule and its test dummies swooped one last time around the moon Monday, flying over a couple Apollo landing sites before heading home. Orion will aim for a Pacific splashdown Sunday off San Diego, setting the stage for astronauts on the next flight in a couple years.
The capsule passed within 80 miles (130 kilometers) of the far side of the moon, using the lunar gravity as a slingshot for the 237,000-mile (380,000-kilometer) ride back to Earth. It spent a week in a wide, sweeping lunar orbit.
Once emerging from behind the moon and regaining communication with flight controllers in Houston, Orion beamed back photos of a close-up moon and a crescent Earth - ...
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Nasa's Orion spacecraft is homeward-bound:

 
Nasa's Orion spacecraft is homeward-bound - BBC
Dec 5 · The US space agency's Orion capsule is heading home.
The vehicle conducted a big engine burn on Monday in the vicinity of the Moon that now commits it to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.
It was the last major powered manoeuvre for the next-generation crew ship on what has been, so far, a highly successful demonstration flight.
A trouble-free return at the weekend will see astronauts climb aboard Orion for its next mission in late 2024.
Nasa is planning a series of ever more complex outings for the capsule and its launch rocket - as part of its Artemis programme.
This first flight, Artemis-1, has been all about testing systems in the ...
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New Cumbrian coalmine would prove UK hypocrisy, say experts around world:

 
New Cumbrian coalmine would prove UK hypocrisy, say experts around world - Guardian - Energy
Dec 6 · Activists and experts say green light for coal would show UK’s 'posturing, double standards and broken promises’
For the UK to open a new coalmine would be “hypocritical”, would “send the wrong message”, and makes “a mockery” of climate action, developing country activists and experts involved in global climate negotiations have said.
A decision on whether to go ahead with a new coalmine in Cumbria is expected from the UK government as soon as Wednesday.
Many Tory MPs are in favour of the mine, which would produce coking coal for steel production, despite expert advice that most of its coal would be for export and would add to greenhouse gas emissions, rather than ...
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New Manufacturing Process Produces Better, Cheaper Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries:

 
New Manufacturing Process Produces Better, Cheaper Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · Lithium-ion batteries -- used in products from appliances to cell phones, as well as in most electric vehicles -- are composed of a cathode and an anode with an electrolyte in between. Ions move from anode to cathode through the electrolyte in a reaction that converts chemical energy to electrical energy.
The drive toward decarbonization and the demand for electric cars has increased the focus on sustainably producing energy-dense cathodes. However, traditional processing presents challenges.
The first obstacle is a reliance on cobalt, a rare metal mined and refined abroad. This dependence on foreign sources poses risks to American manufacturing supply chains and ...
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New research shows people, wildlife, and marine environment benefit when island-ocean connections are restored:

 
New research shows people, wildlife, and marine environment benefit when island-ocean connections are restored - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Restoring and rewilding islands that have been decimated by damaging invasive species provides benefits to not only the terrestrial ecosystem but to coastal and marine environments as well. Linking land and sea through coordinated conservation efforts may offer unrealized and amplified benefits for biodiversity, human well-being, climate resilience and ocean health, and provides a microcosm for the untapped potential of ecosystem restoration on a larger scale. This new era of conservation focuses on the interconnectedness of all ecosystems, rather than pursuing individual pieces through siloed efforts. A new perspective published today, December 5, in the Proceedings of the National ...    Read more ...
 

New solar-powered car designed to travel up to 40 miles on sunshine alone:

 
New solar-powered car designed to travel up to 40 miles on sunshine alone - Yale Climate Connections - Transportation
Dec 6 · Yale Climate Connections
Soon, some electric vehicle drivers will be able to run errands and then power up their vehicles without plugging in. They’ll just need sunshine.
Steve Fambro is co-founder of Aptera Motors Corp. His team created a three-wheeled electric vehicle with built-in solar cells that provide enough energy to cover many people’s daily driving needs.
“It’ll operate like a normal electric vehicle,” he says. “But all the while, you’ve got this imaginary extension cord that’s charging you up - 20, 30, 40 miles a day in some places.”
The vehicle, which is slated to go into production next year, looks like something out of a sci-fi ...
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New study finds that 70% of Florida's coral reefs are eroding:

 
New study finds that 70% of Florida's coral reefs are eroding - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · A new study has found that 70% of Florida's reefs are eroding and experiencing net loss of reef habitat. The research, conducted by an interdisciplinary group of scientists through the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science, provides new information on the state of Florida's world-famous coral reefs. The study, titled "Low net carbonate accretion characterizes Florida's coral reef," was published Nov. 15 in the journal Scientific Reports.
The data, from NOAA's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Geodetic Surveys, was used to calculate carbonate ...
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NSW premier describes jailing of climate activist Deanna 'Violet’ Coco as 'pleasing to see’:

 
NSW premier describes jailing of climate activist Deanna 'Violet’ Coco as 'pleasing to see’ - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 4 · Dominic Perrottet welcomes minimum eight-month jail sentence given to Sydney Harbour Bridge protester
The New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, has described the sentencing of environmental protester Deanna 'Violet’ Coco to a minimum of eight months’ jail as “pleasing to see”, despite strong criticisms by human rights advocates and a UN official.
Coco was on Friday sentenced to 15 months in prison, with a non-parole period of eight months, after she blocked a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April.
Human rights advocates labelled the sentence “disproportionate”, with Clément Voule, the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of association and ...
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On the road to European green mobility:

 
On the road to European green mobility - Greenbiz
Dec 6 · Sponsored: Europe’s road to sustainable transport must come with investment in new charging infrastructure. Vincent Lin shares with us Delta’s solutions to this.
Microgrids fitted to buildings can help meet the charging needs of a growing number of EV drivers. Image courtesy of Delta Electronics.
This article was sponsored by Delta Electronics.
A quarter of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, with road vehicles the biggest offender, responsible for 77 percent of those emissions.
The situation has prompted European Union legislation aimed at promoting low-carbon fuels and boosting take-up of electric vehicles (EVs). But breaking ...
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Onshore wind rules to be relaxed after Tory revolt:

 
Onshore wind rules to be relaxed after Tory revolt - BBC
Dec 6 · The government has pledged to relax restrictions on building onshore wind farms in England after a threatened rebellion from Conservative MPs.
A rule requiring new turbines to be built on pre-designated land will be rewritten, the levelling up department said.
Over 30 backbenchers had threatened to make the change through a planning bill going through Parliament.
New wind farms would still be subject to local approval.
The precise method of measuring local opinion will be part of a wider consultation which will conclude by next April.
The concession comes after the government agreed to water down housing targets on Monday, to put down a separate ...
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Organic aerosols in remote regions are forming clouds and may have an underestimated effect on climate change:

 
Organic aerosols in remote regions are forming clouds and may have an underestimated effect on climate change - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · A subset of these aerosols can even serve as cloud condensation nuclei, which, as their name implies, form the nucleus that clouds form around. Such changes in cloud properties affect their ability to reflect both short-wave and long-wave radiation, consequently influencing the Earth's radiative balance.
Associate Professor Hitoshi Matsui at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, argues for the importance of the distribution of these cloud condensation nuclei in remote areas, especially over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. "As remote ocean areas cover a large fraction (about two-thirds) of the Earth's surface, remote clouds play a critical role in ...
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Pandoravirus: The melting Arctic is releasing ancient germs - how worried should we be?:

 
Pandoravirus: The melting Arctic is releasing ancient germs - how worried should we be? - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · Scientists have recently revived several large viruses that had been buried in the frozen Siberian ground (permafrost) for tens of thousands of years. The youngest virus to be revived was a sprightly 27,000 years old. And the oldest - a Pandoravirus - was around 48,500 years old. This is the oldest virus ever to have been revived.
As the world continues to warm, the thawing permafrost is releasing organic matter that has been frozen for millennia, including bacteria and viruses - some that can still reproduce.
This latest work was by a group of scientists from France, Germany and Russia; they managed to reanimate 13 viruses - with such exotic names as Pandoravirus and ...
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Pawpaws, America’s latest fruit craze, are being threatened by climate change:

 
Pawpaws, America’s latest fruit craze, are being threatened by climate change - Grist Climate and Energy
Dec 2 · Every September for the last 25 years, thousands of people have descended on a field in southeast Ohio to celebrate North America’s largest edible native tree fruit: the pawpaw. With custard-yellow flesh that tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana, pawpaws are eaten raw, worked into sauces and chutneys, or brewed into beer at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, a celebration of both the fruit’s flavor and its history in Appalachia.
This year, more people than ever before came to learn about the plant, crowding around a cooking demonstration to watch local chefs craft a pawpaw salsa and even buying seedlings to plant in their backyards. A few dozen gathered under a white tent ...
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People urged to heat main rooms as cold snap hits:

 
People urged to heat main rooms as cold snap hits - BBC
Dec 6 · This video can not be played
Sarah Keith-Lucas has details of the wintry weather due this week
People are being advised to heat living rooms during the day and bedrooms before going to sleep as a cold spell hits the UK.
Health officials issued the advice to people who cannot heat every room or are struggling with heating costs.
Overnight lows of -10C (14F) are predicted in northern Scotland, with snow and ice warnings there, in Wales, Northern Ireland and the east coast.
The level three cold weather alert for England begins at 18:00 GMT.
Issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), it will run until 09:00 on 12 December, but could be extended ...
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Planes, trains and ships: Growing respect for transportation efficiency:

 
Planes, trains and ships: Growing respect for transportation efficiency - Greenbiz
Dec 7 · In celebration of the telematics and analytics helping reduce fuel consumption in the transportation sector.
In the quest to love on the latest greatest breakthrough (guilty!), climate techies often overlook what the legendary Amory Lovins (engineer and co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute) calls the "largest, cheapest, safest, cleanest way to address the crisis" - energy efficiency.
As he told GreenBiz in 2019, "Since ’75, the cumulative energy saved by reduced intensity is 30 times the cumulative extra supply from doubling renewable output."
Think about that for a moment. It’s a great justification for why investments in the demand side of energy consumption ...
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Post Ian: Florida Homeowners Abandon Flood Hammered Homes:

 
Post Ian: Florida Homeowners Abandon Flood Hammered Homes - Climate Crocks
Dec 6 · Report from WESH Orlando.Uninsured homeowners found that Ian was the last straw, and will abandon their homes.This will be an evergreen headline for decades.    Read more ...
 

Post-lockdown auto emissions can't hide in the grass:

 
Post-lockdown auto emissions can't hide in the grass - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · University of California scientists have a new way to demonstrate which neighborhoods returned to pre-pandemic levels of air pollution after COVID restrictions ended. Vehicle emissions are the biggest source of carbon dioxide in Southern California's air. As people drove their cars far less in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic, there was a major drop in CO2 on regional highways. A new study published in AGU Advances using a mobile laboratory shows the CO2 drop was roughly 60%.
By analyzing grass samples from across the state, the same study also showed in fine detail that some parts of California were back to high levels of emissions by 2021, while others - generally ...
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Post-Lockdown Auto Emissions Can't Hide in the Grass:

 
Post-Lockdown Auto Emissions Can't Hide in the Grass - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · University of California scientists have a new way to demonstrate which neighborhoods returned to pre-pandemic levels of air pollution after COVID restrictions ended.
Vehicle emissions are the biggest source of carbon dioxide in Southern California's air. As people drove their cars far less in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic, there was a major drop in CO2 on regional highways. A new study published in AGU Advances using a mobile laboratory shows the CO2 drop was roughly 60%.
By analyzing grass samples from across the state, the same study also showed in fine detail that some parts of California were back to high levels of emissions by 2021, while others -- ...
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Post-season action possible in the North Atlantic:

 
Post-season action possible in the North Atlantic - Yale Climate Connections - Weather
Dec 6 · Get the latest hurricane news, analysis, and unique perspectives from Yale Climate Connections meteorologists Jeff Masters, Ph.D., and Bob Henson.
Yale Climate Connections
An upper-level disturbance stalled over the subtropical North Atlantic about 800 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is stimulating development of what may become a subtropical or even a tropical storm around midweek. Such an occurrence would be unusual but not unprecedented for December, even with the Atlantic hurricane season having officially ended on November 30.
In a special outlook issued at 8:45 a.m. EST Tuesday, December 6, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) gave this system ...
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Protecting 30% of Earth's surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far:

 
Protecting 30% of Earth's surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · A biodiversity crisis is reducing the variety of life on Earth. Under pressure from land and water pollution, development, overhunting, poaching, climate change and species invasions, approximately 1 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. One ambitious proposal for stemming these losses is the international initiative known as 30x30: conserving and protecting at least 30% of Earth's surface, on land and at sea, by 2030.
Currently, 112 countries support this initiative, including the United States. More nations may announce their support at the international biodiversity conference that opens Dec. 7, 2022, in Montreal.
Scientists say that protecting ...
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Radar scans of the Greenland ice sheet reveal the shutdown and reconfiguration of ice streams:

 
Radar scans of the Greenland ice sheet reveal the shutdown and reconfiguration of ice streams - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Major ice streams can shut down, shifting rapid ice transport to other parts of the ice sheet, within a few thousand years. This was determined in reconstructions of two ice streams, based on ice-penetrating radar scans of the Greenland ice sheet, that a team of researchers led by the Alfred Wegener Institute have just presented in the journal Nature Geoscience. How quickly the sea level rises in the future will to a great extent depend on how dynamic or stable the Greenland ice sheet is - ice that has, through its mass loss, contributed about 40 mm to sea-level rise since 1900. In addition to melting on its surface and base, the sheet loses mass through ice streams - essentially ...    Read more ...
 

Real-world laboratories facilitate progress toward ocean solutions:

 
Real-world laboratories facilitate progress toward ocean solutions - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Real-world laboratories may be a promising participatory research method for exploring options to protect and use our oceans sustainably. They can be described as a set-up of a research infrastructure in which scientists and other stakeholders jointly invent and conduct experiments to produce knowledge for a more sustainable development of society. This means working with communities at a specific site to develop potential marine solutions (in a kind of "lab" setting). As such they could be a tool for helping to meet the mission of the "United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development" of working toward "transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable ...    Read more ...
 

Renewables Will Overtake Coal by Early 2025, Energy Agency Says:

 
Renewables Will Overtake Coal by Early 2025, Energy Agency Says - New York Times - Climate Section
Dec 6 · In a new report, the international group said that solar, wind and other renewable sources will expand much more swiftly than forecast last year.
Worldwide, growth in renewable power capacity is set to double by 2027, adding as much renewable power in the next five years as it did in the past two decades, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.
Renewables are poised to overtake coal as the largest source of electricity generation by early 2025, the report found, a pattern driven in large part by the global energy crisis linked to the war in Ukraine.
“This is a clear example of how the current energy crisis can be a historic turning point toward a cleaner and ...
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Report: Climate change for food projects:

 
Report: Climate change for food projects - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Many people working in local or community food projects already know that they need to review how they operate in order to ensure they are doing as much as possible to reduce future negative impacts on the climate. The report, "Climate change for food projects: What it means and what to do about it," prepared by a team of climate and food system scientists, aims to help local and community food projects understand how the decisions they make affect the climate, and what practical changes they can make.
The paper outlines the basic science of climate change and how the ways in which we produce and consume food cause up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. ...
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Researchers embrace uncertainty to make microgrids better:

 
Researchers embrace uncertainty to make microgrids better - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 6 · Renewable energy is seen as an answer to climate change, yet its uptake is limited by the variability and intermittent nature of most renewable energy sources. A promising solution to this problem is microgrids. Microgrids are smaller, localized electricity grids that can be connected to the main grid of the region, but also can also be disconnected or "islanded" if needed. Models that guide the operation of microgrids, such as scheduling load shedding etc., are key to their efficient functioning. But thus far, most microgrid models have either neglected the uncertainty and variations in renewable energy or assumed the worst-case scenario, which can lead to an increase in energy ...    Read more ...
 

Researchers introduce method of coloring microscopic coral larvae to aid tracking for conservation and reef restoration:

 
Researchers introduce method of coloring microscopic coral larvae to aid tracking for conservation and reef restoration - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · A new, low-cost staining method enables visual tracking of coral larvae as they disperse and settle in coral reefs, according to a study by Christopher Doropoulos and George Roff at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Australia, published December 6 in PLOS Biology. Corals are marine invertebrates of major conservation importance because of their ability to build reefs that in turn provide habitat for many other marine creatures, but they are threatened by climate change, pollution, and other human activities. They are able to produce trillions of microscopic larvae that disperse up to 100 kilometers and settle on the seabed, making tracking their movements challenging.
To investigate ...
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Researchers propose new structures to harvest untapped source of freshwater:

 
Researchers propose new structures to harvest untapped source of freshwater - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 6 · An almost limitless supply of fresh water exists in the form of water vapor above Earth's oceans, yet remains untapped, researchers said. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the first to suggest an investment in new infrastructure capable of harvesting oceanic water vapor as a solution to limited supplies of fresh water in various locations around the world. The study, led by civil and environmental engineering professor and Prairie Research Institute executive director Praveen Kumar, evaluated 14 water-stressed locations across the globe for the feasibility of a hypothetical structure capable of capturing water vapor from above the ocean and condensing ...    Read more ...
 

Researchers solve pre-harvest sprouting in rice and wheat:

 
Researchers solve pre-harvest sprouting in rice and wheat - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · Seed dormancy is an important survival tool for plants because it allows them to weather conditions not conducive to survival. At the same time, excessive dormancy may lessen cultivation time. In response, farmers often plant low dormancy cultivars of rice and wheat in order to achieve a higher, more uniform emergence rate after sowing. Unfortunately, this practice has led to an unwanted worldwide production problem called pre-harvest sprouting (PHS), which severely reduces both grain yield and quality. In rice, PHS damages about 6% of the acreage of conventional rice and as much as 20% of hybrid rice acreage due to the long-term rainy weather during the harvest season in southern ...    Read more ...
 

Rigby, M.: A renewed rise in global HCFC-141b emissions between 2017–2021:

 
Rigby, M.: A renewed rise in global HCFC-141b emissions between 2017–2021 - MIT - Global Change -Publications
Dec 6 · Authors' Summary: The production of ozone-destroying gases is being phased out. Even though production of one of the main ozone-depleting gases, called HCFC-141b, has been declining for many years, the amount that is being released to the atmosphere has been increasing since 2017. We do not know for sure why this is. A possible explanation is that HCFC-141b that was used to make insulating foams many years ago is only now escaping to the atmosphere, or a large part of its production is not being reported.
Abstract: Global emissions of the ozone-depleting gas HCFC-141b (1,1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane, CH3CCl2F) derived from measurements of atmospheric mole fractions increased ...
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Right Wing Terrorists Strike North Carolina Grid:

 
Right Wing Terrorists Strike North Carolina Grid - Climate Crocks
Dec 4 · Above, January 2022 CBS report on Homeland Security Advisory about domestic terror threats to the power grid.
More reason, if we needed any, to upgrade and harden the grid, while deploying more distributed energy and storage.The same people who have been denying science and climate change for decades are willing to bring down critical infrastructure to push their radical right wing agenda.
About 38,000 people in one county in central North Carolina were without electricity Sunday morning in widespread power outages that the authorities were investigating as “a criminal occurrence.”
The outages across Moore County, roughly 90 miles east of Charlotte, began just ...
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Robert Bullard led a ‘huge' delegation from Texas to COP27 climate talks in Egypt:

 
Robert Bullard led a ‘huge' delegation from Texas to COP27 climate talks in Egypt - Inside Climate News
Dec 2 · Robert Bullard has watched the concept of environmental justice grow from an obscure notion in Houston in the 1970s into a high-profile global movement aimed at abetting pollution and climate change.
Bullard, a former dean and professor at Texas Southern University, has authored 18 books on environmental justice, and has attended 18 United Nations climate change summits since 2000.
This year he led a robust delegation of community leaders from Texas and the Gulf South to the 27th U.N. Council of the Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Bullard, who has been called the “father of environmental justice,” answered questions from ICN about his thoughts on COP27. This ...
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Scientist's CO2 research leads to £1m prize:

 
Scientist's CO2 research leads to £1m prize - BBC
Dec 5 · Prof Juerg Matter's work to remove carbon from the atmosphere led to the formation of 44.01, the Omani company that won an Earthshot Prize on Friday.
The firm's peridotite mineralisation of carbon dioxide was announced winner of Earthshot's Fix Our Climate category.
Prof Matter said 44.01 looked forward to working with Earthshot to "scale the technology internationally".
Swiss-born Juerg Matter is professor of geoengineering and carbon management at the University of Southampton and sits on the scientific committee of 44.01, which gets its name from the molecular mass of CO2.
He said: "Winning is a recognition of my research of the past 15 ...
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Scientists call for action to help sunflower sea stars:

 
Scientists call for action to help sunflower sea stars - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 4 · Scientists along the West Coast are calling for action to help sunflower sea stars, among the largest sea stars in the world, recover from catastrophic population declines. Experts say a sea star wasting disease epidemic that began in 2013 has decimated about 95% of the population from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, The Astorian reported.
The decline triggered the International Union for Conservation of Nature to classify the species as critically endangered in 2020. A petition to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act was filed in 2021.
Steven Rumrill, shellfish program leader at the Oregon Department of Fish and ...
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Scientists call for better controls of Australia's groundwater:

 
Scientists call for better controls of Australia's groundwater - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · After Australia's floods subside, a study led by Flinders University has called for action on 18 challenges facing more sustainable use of vital groundwater, a natural resource valued at more than $34 billion to the economy. Already, over-extraction and unregulated pumping in Australia is contributing to water table declines with serious long-term impacts on food production, other users and groundwater-dependent ecosystems and the environment, particularly during drought.
Flinders University Professor Peter Cook, from the National Center of Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), says the list of challenges was ranked by groundwater professionals across ...
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Scientists thought carbon emissions had peaked. They’ve never been higher.:

 
Scientists thought carbon emissions had peaked. They’ve never been higher. - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Dec 5 · Near the end of 2020, as the covid-19 pandemic continued to rage, a few climate scientists and energy experts made a prediction. They estimated that emissions from fossil fuels - which had just plummeted thanks to the global pandemic - might never again reach the heights of 2019. Perhaps, they speculated, after over a century of ever more carbon dioxide flowing into the atmosphere, the world had finally reached “peak” emissions.
They were wrong.
According to a report released last month by the Global Carbon Project, carbon emissions from fossil fuels in 2022 are expected to reach 37.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide, the highest ever recorded. That means that despite the ...
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Scotland loses climate change lead, advisers warn:

 
Scotland loses climate change lead, advisers warn - BBC
Dec 6 · Scotland has lost its lead over the rest of the UK on tackling climate change, advisers have warned.
A report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions has "largely stalled" in recent years.
Its independent assessment said Scotland's targets - some of the toughest in the world - were "increasingly at risk".
The Scottish government insisted progress was being made in many areas.
The Scottish government has set a legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045, five years ahead of the date set for the UK as a whole.
As a staging post, it legislated in 2019 to cut emissions by ...
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Sea urchins have invaded Tasmania and Victoria, but people can't work out what to do with them:

 
Sea urchins have invaded Tasmania and Victoria, but people can't work out what to do with them - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 6 · While crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef have long been ecological villains in the popular imagination, sea urchins have mostly crawled under the national radar - until now. Long-spined sea urchins (Centrostephanus rodgersii) have invaded Tasmania and Victoria from their historical range in New South Wales. Where it occurs, this species dominates near-shore reefs to create "barrens habitat." This is where at high densities sea urchins remove all large brown algae (kelp), and few abalone and other important species for fishers remain.
Both climate change and over-fishing of its main predators have been blamed for the urchin's southward extension.
This is a ...
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Seascape: the state of our oceans:

 
Seascape: the state of our oceans - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 5 · As chinook numbers migrating to Canada fall to record lows, communities are resorting to importing fish to keep their traditions alive
In late summer every year, when buckbrush on the mountains turns yellow and the soapberries grow soft and translucent, families from Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation gather at the mouth of Tatchun creek to fish for their namesake.
The creek itself, in Canada’s far-flung Yukon territory, is named after the fin on a salmon’s back that sticks out of the water as the fish fights its way upstream. Tatchun empties into the Yukon River, home to the world’s longest run of chinook salmon. Elders say the fish used to be so plentiful they could ...
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Semafor climate editor leaves over Chevron ads:

 
Semafor climate editor leaves over Chevron ads - Heated World
Dec 5 · Remember those newsletters we published back in October about the misleading Chevron ads in Semafor, the global news start-up founded by ex-Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith and ex-Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith?
If you recall, we tried to speak with Semafor leadership about the ads. We tried to get them to explain why they think it’s appropriate to have fossil fuel advertising next to climate coverage, and why they think Chevron’s advertising doesn’t mislead Semafor readers.
Semafor ignored us. But then, something weird happened. After we published our stories, the Chevron ads disappeared from Semafor’s climate newsletter.
After waiting a few days to make sure ...
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Shipping firm raises £140m for renewables fleet:

 
Shipping firm raises £140m for renewables fleet - BBC
Dec 6 · Scottish shipping firm North Star has raised £140m from investors to support the expansion of its fleet for offshore wind projects in the North Sea.
The money includes a £50m commitment from the Scottish National Investment Bank, as well as other investors.
The Aberdeen-based firm aims to add 40 new service operations vessels (SOVs) to its fleet by 2040.
SOVs provide accommodation for wind technicians and access to equipment in the field.
North Star, which is owned by global private equity firm Partners Group, has bases in Aberdeen, Lowestoft and Newcastle. It has been operating in the North Sea for 135 years.
With a 1,300-strong workforce, it currently ...
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Shootings At Power Substation Cause North Carolina Outages:

 
Shootings At Power Substation Cause North Carolina Outages - Huffington Post
Dec 4 · CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) - Two power substations in a North Carolina county were damaged by gunfire in what is being investigated as a criminal act, causing damage that could take days to repair and leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity, authorities said Sunday.
In response to ongoing outages, which began just after 7 p.m. Saturday across Moore County, officials announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. Also, county schools will be closed Monday.
“An attack like this on critical infrastructure is a serious, intentional crime and I expect state and federal authorities to thoroughly investigate and bring those ...
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Should China Pay Climate Reparations?:

 
Should China Pay Climate Reparations? - Legal Planet
Dec 5 · At the international negotiating session in Egypt, demands for climate reparations — “Loss and Damage” in UN lingo — were front and center. The debate was focused on the obligations of developed countries. But there was another issue percolating in the background: Does China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, have an obligation to compensate poorer countries for the harm it is causing?
Whether China should pay carbon reparations is an academic question in two very different senses. It’s academic in the colloquial sense, given how unlikely it is that Xi Jinping would ever agree to reparations.
It’s also an academic question in another ...
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Should flying between Canberra and Sydney be abolished?:

 
Should flying between Canberra and Sydney be abolished? - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 6 · The flight takes less than one hour and yet there are few environmentally friendly alternatives
If a flight is so short you don’t have time to finish your complimentary cheese and biscuits before having your rubbish whisked away for landing, chances are there’s a more environmentally friendly and convenient way of getting to where you’re going.
The French government’s recent decision to ban short-haul domestic flights between cities that are connected by a train or bus trip of less than two and a half hours has sparked some energetic debate this week about whether Australia could follow the French in moving away from short-haul flights.
So could Australia invoke a ...
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Solar calculator helps Australians forecast cost savings of panels and batteries:

 
Solar calculator helps Australians forecast cost savings of panels and batteries - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 5 · A new version of UNSW's SunSPOT solar calculator now covers all of Australia and allows households, small businesses and councils to obtain independent solar and battery savings estimates. A newly updated version of SunSPOT has been launched to help consumers and businesses calculate the solar power potential of their rooftops.
The online application, developed by the Australian PV Institute (APVI) and UNSW Sydney, had previously been available only in a small number of locations in New South Wales.
With support from the Australian Government, it now works for locations across the country and comes with significant upgrades, more accurate estimates, a new user-friendly ...
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Squeezing Waste from Western Water:

 
Squeezing Waste from Western Water - Climate Crocks
Dec 5 · “Sit, be still, and listen, because you’re drunk and we’re at the edge of the roof.”
? Rumi
Salt Lake Tribune (Utah):
It is not that alfalfa is evil.
As cultivated crops go, alfalfa rests fairly lightly on the land. You can get several cuttings of hay each growing season, and alfalfa can go five to 10 years between plantings. That amounts to a huge savings of fuel, reduced carbon emissions and an unusually deep root system that helps cut down on erosion.
Unlike many other crops, such as corn and wheat, alfalfa puts nitrogen into the soil, rather than taking it out. That means farmers can rotate crops and use a lot less fertilizer, reducing ...
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Study finds climate change exacerbates the food gap between North and South Mediterranean countries:

 
Study finds climate change exacerbates the food gap between North and South Mediterranean countries - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · The Mediterranean region is widely acknowledged as one of the most exposed in the world to the effects of climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss and land degradation, coupled with a nutrition transition of its populations. Such agri-food system challenges are complex and closely interconnected: To overcome limitations linked to addressing each of them in isolation, a study led by Marta Antonelli, a scientist at the CMCC Foundation - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change looks comprehensively at some of the most pressing food-related social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Mediterranean area.
The study contributes to a better understanding of the ...
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Study shows the majority of California's coastal airports are vulnerable to increased flooding caused by climate change:

 
Study shows the majority of California's coastal airports are vulnerable to increased flooding caused by climate change - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Most of California's population and its largest airports are located along the Pacific coastline, which is increasingly impacted by storm surges, sea level rise, and erosion due to climate change. In the next 30 years, sea level along the coast is expected to rise as much as 8 inches. All of this means more frequent and far-reaching flooding that will impact critical infrastructure like roads, power plants, and airports. A new study by scientists at University of California-Berkeley, has found that 39 out of 43 coastal airports in California have assets exposed to projected flooding that could disrupt their operations in the next 20 to 40 years. Sarah Lindbergh of University of ...    Read more ...
 

Submit an abstract to a climate communication session at EGU 2023!:

 
Submit an abstract to a climate communication session at EGU 2023! - Skeptical Science
Dec 7 · The next General Assembly of the European Geosciences EGU (EGU) will take place in Vienna and online from April 24 to 28, 2023. It will be a fully hybrid event with all but the on-premise poster sessions coming with creative online options for both authors and attendees. I've been invited by David Crookall to be one of the co-conveners of a session in the education and communications section of the meeting:
Climate and ocean education: Geoethics, emergency, fossil fuels, war and more
Please consider contributing to the climate, ocean education and geoethics sessions at the next EGU conference. Here is a bit more information about session EOS3.2 (reposted from ...
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Sunak set to end ban on new onshore windfarms in face of Tory rebellion:

 
Sunak set to end ban on new onshore windfarms in face of Tory rebellion - Guardian - Energy
Dec 6 · Deal reached that paves way for communities in England to authorise projects without unanimous support
Rishi Sunak has signalled the end of a moratorium on new onshore wind projects in an attempt to head off a row with Tory MPs, his second U-turn in two days.
The prime minister and the business secretary, Grant Shapps, reached a deal on Tuesday afternoon that will pave the way for communities to be able to authorise such energy developments without unanimous support.
It came after the former levelling up secretary Simon Clarke tabled an amendment to the levelling up bill that would have ended a ban on new onshore windfarms. It was endorsed by Boris Johnson and Liz ...
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Tell Us About Your Year in Climate:

 
Tell Us About Your Year in Climate - New York Times - Climate Section
Dec 6 · We’d love to hear your thoughts about 2022, and the year ahead, too.
The past year has been busy for us on Team Climate. Our correspondents covered the climate crisis from around the world. In the process, we learned a lot. For example, who knew that beavers and fungi could be allies in the fight against global warming? Or that sometimes it makes sense to pump treated sewage into aquifers that supply drinking water?
Now, as the year comes to an end, we’d like to hear what you learned about climate in 2022. It could be a personal trick or tip. Or a fun fact. Or just about anything. We’re especially interested in knowing how this new knowledge will shape your thinking for ...
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Thames Water reports profits boom despite surge in burst pipes during drought:

 
Thames Water reports profits boom despite surge in burst pipes during drought - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 5 · Also under fire for sewage discharges and executive pay, company makes first-half profits of almost £500m
Thames Water has reported a boom in first-half profits to almost £500m, despite a surge in the number of burst pipes during the drought across the UK over the summer.
The company, which instituted a hosepipe ban from August to September amid the summer heatwave, said the rise in leakage and supply interruptions due to mains bursting was the result of “hot weather and dry ground”.
The Liberal Democrats criticised the large profits as “an insult” and “a slap in the face” after the service failings. Thames Water has also been under fire for sewage discharges and ...
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That empty space next to highways? Put solar panels on it.:

 
That empty space next to highways? Put solar panels on it. - Grist Climate and Energy
Dec 7 · This coverage is made possible through a partnership with Grist and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station.
On a stretch of West Georgia highway, in the triangle of land where an exit ramp meets the road, 2,600 solar panels soak up the bright southern sun. The 5-acre site used to be barren and eroding, but now it provides enough power for more than 100 homes. That’s exactly what the team at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s sustainable highway project, known as The Ray, was hoping for.
“What it is today is a field of clean, green energy,” said Allie Kelly, the Ray’s executive director. The solar panels stand higher than most, so wildflowers also grow on what was once “wasted public ...
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The age of extinction:

 
The age of extinction - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 5 · Letter says bioenergy is wrongly deemed 'carbon neutral’ and contributes to wildlife loss
More than 650 scientists are urging world leaders to stop burning trees to make energy because it destroys valuable habitats for wildlife.
In the buildup to Cop15, the UN biodiversity summit, they say countries urgently need to stop using forest bioenergy to create heat and electricity as it undermines international climate and nature targets. Instead, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar should be used, they say.
Bioenergy has “wrongly been deemed 'carbon neutral’” and many countries are increasingly relying on forest biomass to meet net zero goals, according to ...
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The first complete picture of Arctic sea ice freeze-thaw cycle highlights sea ice response to climate change:

 
The first complete picture of Arctic sea ice freeze-thaw cycle highlights sea ice response to climate change - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Years of research show that climate change signals are amplified in the Arctic, and that sea ice in this region is sensitive to increases in Arctic warming. Sea ice greatly modifies the exchanges of heat, momentum and mass between the atmosphere and the ocean. So, the timings of the sea ice melt and freeze onsets, as well as the length of the melt and freeze seasons, play a key role in the "heat budget" of the atmosphere-ice-ocean system. Until now, most studies calculated the Arctic melt and freeze onsets using remote sensing observations from the surface, but rarely investigated the freeze-thaw process at ice bottom.
In a new study published today in the European Geosciences ...
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The Guardian view on biodiversity collapse: the crisis humanity can no longer ignore:

 
The Guardian view on biodiversity collapse: the crisis humanity can no longer ignore - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 4 · A million animal and plant species are perilously close to extinction. Their fate and ours are intimately connected
In an essay entitled The Sense of Wonder, the American conservationist Rachel Carson suggested two questions to make us think more deeply about our natural environment. “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”
In Canada this week, conservationists will attempt to persuade the world’s governments to summon up the will to address this crisis. Like the climate emergency, it is the direct consequence of human activity, but has nothing like the same high profile. The Montreal Cop15 summit – which begins on Wednesday – is ...
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The Majority of California's Coastal Airports Are Vulnerable to Increased Flooding Caused by Climate Change:

 
The Majority of California's Coastal Airports Are Vulnerable to Increased Flooding Caused by Climate Change - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · Most of California's population and its largest airports are located along the Pacific coastline, which is increasingly impacted by storm surges, sea level rise, and erosion due to climate change. In the next 30 years, sea level along the coast is expected to rise as much as 8 inches. All of this means more frequent and far-reaching flooding that will impact critical infrastructure like roads, power plants, and airports.
A new study by scientists at University of California -- Berkeley, has found that 39 out of 43 coastal airports in California have assets exposed to projected flooding that could disrupt their operations in the next 20 to 40 years. Sarah Lindbergh of ...
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The perverse fossil fuels incentives that lead bankers to hate their grandkids:

 
The perverse fossil fuels incentives that lead bankers to hate their grandkids - Greenbiz
Dec 7 · Is a law, rule, subsidy, compensation package or other action incentivizing the kind of behavior a society needs for let’s say … long-term survival? If not, it may be time to scrap it.
According to the recent report, "Banking on Climate Chaos," since the Paris Agreement was signed to much fanfare in 2015 at COP21, the world’s 60 largest banks have financed $4.6 trillion in fossil fuel projects, according to the recent report, "Banking on Climate Chaos." There was $742 billion in fossil fuel financing in 2021 alone.
By comparison, in the five years following the Paris Agreement there has been about $203 billion in bonds and loans underwriting renewable energy projects. ...
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The satellite data mapping Australia's new climate extremes:

 
The satellite data mapping Australia's new climate extremes - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · For decades, satellites have been keeping a watchful eye on Earth, relaying increasingly precise, detailed and timelier information than ever before. Armed with the right mathematical tools, we can use this information to anticipate and mitigate climate extremes and associated hazards - from floods to landslides.
So why isn't this happening now?
To harness its full potential, we need algorithms that can process this complex and diverse mix of big data from different satellites - en masse and quickly.
This has been easier said than done, but we have found a way.
Our Precipitation Profiler-Observation Fusion and Estimation tool - known as PProFUSE - is a ...
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The Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Northern, and we finally know why:

 
The Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Northern, and we finally know why - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · For centuries, sailors who had been all over the world knew where the most fearsome storms of all lay in wait: the Southern Hemisphere. "The waves ran mountain-high and threatened to overwhelm [the ship] at every roll," wrote one passenger on an 1849 voyage rounding the tip of South America. Many years later, scientists poring over satellite data could finally put numbers behind sailors' intuition: The Southern Hemisphere is indeed stormier than the Northern, by about 24%, in fact. But no one knew why.
A new study led by University of Chicago climate scientist Tiffany Shaw lays out the first concrete explanation for this phenomenon. Shaw and her colleagues found two major ...
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The Southern Hemisphere Is Stormier Than the Northern, and We Finally Know Why:

 
The Southern Hemisphere Is Stormier Than the Northern, and We Finally Know Why - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · For centuries, sailors who had been all over the world knew where the most fearsome storms of all lay in wait: the Southern Hemisphere. "The waves ran mountain-high and threatened to overwhelm [the ship] at every roll," wrote one passenger on an 1849 voyage rounding the tip of South America.
Many years later, scientists poring over satellite data could finally put numbers behind sailors' intuition: The Southern Hemisphere is indeed stormier than the Northern, by about 24%, in fact. But no one knew why.
A new study led by University of Chicago climate scientist Tiffany Shaw lays out the first concrete explanation for this phenomenon. Shaw and her colleagues found two ...
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The surprising player in the rail strike fight: Fossil fuel companies:

 
The surprising player in the rail strike fight: Fossil fuel companies - Grist Climate and Energy
Dec 7 · As the country barrelled towards a potential rail workers strike last week, battle lines were drawn over the issue of paid sick leave. On the one side were unions - the signalmen, track workers, boilermakers, and conductors - who had rejected a contract brokered in September that didn’t include paid time off for illnesses or medical visits. On the other were big rail companies, which have spent years cutting staff, extending worker hours, and enacting stricter attendance policies, all while making record-breaking profits.
Behind the scenes, however, another big industry also had stakes in the standoff: Big Oil. Coal companies, chemical companies, and oil and gas backed rail ...
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The Texas group waging a national crusade against climate action:

 
The Texas group waging a national crusade against climate action - New York Times
Dec 4 · The Texas Public Policy Foundation is shaping laws, running influence campaigns and taking legal action in a bid to promote fossil fuels.
Gelles is writing a series of articles about groups working to promote fossil fuels and block climate action.
When a lawsuit was filed to block the nation’s first major offshore wind farm off the Massachusetts coast, it appeared to be a straightforward clash between those who earn their living from the sea and others who would install turbines and underwater cables that could interfere with the harvesting of squid, fluke and other fish.
The fishing companies challenging federal permits for the Vineyard Wind project were from the ...
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The trouble with toilet paper (and other tissue):

 
The trouble with toilet paper (and other tissue) - Yale Climate Connections - Ecosystems
Dec 5 · Yale Climate Connections
From blowing our noses to using the bathroom, we rely on tissue products for many aspects of our daily lives.
“A lot of the fiber that ends up in our tissue products – facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels – comes from the Canadian boreal forest,” says Jennifer Skene of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This is a forest that is absolutely critical to avoiding catastrophic climate change.”
Skene was part of a team that graded tissue products on their environmental impact.
Skene says that to help protect forests and the carbon that they store, any tissue products made from trees should come from forests that are certified as ...
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The US is finally getting serious about nature-based solutions:

 
The US is finally getting serious about nature-based solutions - Greenbiz
Dec 5 · A new Biden administration framework acknowledges that harnessing nature-based solutions to fight the climate crisis has become table stakes.
Tropical landscape with mangrove forest in wetland from above on Siargao island, Philippines. Via Shutterstock
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You’d be excused for missing it, as it received almost no media attention: Last month, President Joe Biden’s administration issued a "roadmap" on nature-based solutions "to fight climate change, strengthen communities and support local economies."
If that seems a bold initiative, it is - at least as much as a roadmap can be called "bold." ...
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These UK unis have banned fossil fuel giants from campus recruitment:

 
These UK unis have banned fossil fuel giants from campus recruitment - Euronews
Dec 5 · Three more UK universities have banned fossil fuel companies from recruiting on campus.
Career services at the University of Bedfordshire, University of the Arts London and Wrexham Glyndwr University have promised to end all relationships with oil, gas, and mining recruiters.
The ban - a product of a passionate student-led campaign - comes three months after a similar move by Birkbeck, University of London.
Campaign sponsor charity People & Planet described it as a victory for climate campaigners against big polluters.
“It is vital that our universities show with actions, not words that they are taking the side of climate justice, and not of the industries ...
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This is the winner of the latest Earthshot Prize – and the finalists:

 
This is the winner of the latest Earthshot Prize – and the finalists - Weforum
Dec 6 · Climate change poses an urgent threat demanding decisive action. Communities around the world are already experiencing increased climate impacts, from droughts to floods to rising seas. The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report continues to rank these environmental threats at the top of the list.
To limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, it is essential that businesses, policy-makers, and civil society advance comprehensive near- and long-term climate actions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The World Economic Forum's Climate Initiative supports the scaling and ...
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This new Counter-Rotating Turbine Design Doubles Energy Output of World's Biggest Turbine.:

 
This new Counter-Rotating Turbine Design Doubles Energy Output of World's Biggest Turbine. - engineeringexploration
Dec 6 · Wind power has become an important renewable energy source when people are trying to get less dependent on fossil fuels. A report from New Atlas has shown that many big companies generate a vast amount of power from the wind. However, a company in Norway called World Wide Wind is working on a new type of floating, vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) that it thinks will change and improve how we use wind power.    Read more ...
 

Tiny, hidden galaxy provides a peek into the past:

 
Tiny, hidden galaxy provides a peek into the past - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Peeking out from behind the glare of a bright foreground star, astronomers have uncovered the most extraordinary example yet of a nearby galaxy with characteristics that are more like galaxies in the distant, early universe. Only 1,200 light-years across, the tiny galaxy HIPASS J1131–31 has been nicknamed "Peekaboo" because of its emergence in the past 50-100 years from behind the fast-moving star that was obscuring astronomers' ability to detect it. The discovery is a combined effort of telescopes on the ground and in space, including confirmation by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Together the research shows tantalizing evidence that the Peekaboo Galaxy is the nearest example of ...    Read more ...
 

Transport of air masses in connection with El Niño decoded:

 
Transport of air masses in connection with El Niño decoded - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · The El Niño phenomenon influences the weather in distant regions, as far away as the U.S., India or the Mediterranean region. But how exactly these so-called teleconnections actually work has not yet been clarified completely. Atmospheric researchers at the University of Vienna have now succeeded in demonstrating that variations of the transport of air mass, heat, moisture and energy from the tropical Pacific are responsible for many of these climate anomalies. And: El Niño also warms up the Atlantic, according to the study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is one of the most important modes of climate ...
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Traveling with friends helps even mixed-up migrators find their way:

 
Traveling with friends helps even mixed-up migrators find their way - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Some of us live and die by our phone's GPS. But if we can't get a signal or lose battery power, we get lost on our way to the grocery store. Yet animals can find their way across vast distances with amazing accuracy.
Take monarch butterflies, for example. Millions of them fly up to 2,500 miles across the eastern half of North America to the same overwintering grounds each year, using the Earth's magnetic field to help them reach a small region in central Mexico that's about the size of Disney World.
Or sockeye salmon: starting out in the open ocean they head home each year to spawn. Using geomagnetic cues they manage to identify their home stream from among thousands of ...
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UAE plans to have it both ways as Cop28 climate summit host:

 
UAE plans to have it both ways as Cop28 climate summit host - Climate Change News - Politics
Dec 6 · The Gulf oil and gas exporter is going big on renewable energy investment and food security, while expanding hydrocarbon production
The Dubai Expo site (Photo: Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr)
If there was a sign the United Arab Emirates is taking its role as host of the next UN climate talks seriously, the 1,073 delegates it registered to attend the Cop27 summit in Egypt would be it.
The Persian Gulf petrostate came out in force in Sharm el-Sheikh with the second largest delegation in the history of climate summits, including 70 oil and gas lobbyists – a flavour of what is to come.
The UAE takes on the UN climate talks presidency from the Egyptians at the end ...
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UN calls for 'peace pact with nature':

 
UN calls for 'peace pact with nature' - BBC
Dec 6 · "Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction," the head of the United Nations has warned at the start of a high-level nature summit in Canada.
Governments are meeting in Montreal to agree targets to reverse the loss of nature.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said we have a chance to stop the "orgy of destruction" which has put a million species at risk of extinction.
"It's time to forge a peace pact with nature," he added.
Biodiversity is the sum of all living things on the planet and the way they are connected in a complex web of life that we rely upon for food, clean air and water.
In Montreal nearly 200 countries will try to agree on a ...
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Underground cables will steamroll wildlife - RSPB:

 
Underground cables will steamroll wildlife - RSPB - BBC
Dec 5 · Proposed new underground cables would cause "huge damage" to an area of protected wildlife, the RSPB has said.
National Grid is planning an electricity link between Suffolk and Kent, mostly under the sea, to help deliver on the UK's net zero targets.
The suggested route would pass underneath RSPB Minsmere near Saxmundham and RSPB North Warren near Aldeburgh.
National Grid said "we give careful consideration" to the environment.
RSPB Suffolk area manager Adam Rowlands said: "Steam rolling through the middle of areas which have been afforded protected status due to their exceptionally high value to nature and wildlife and scenic beauty just makes no sense, ...
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Understanding the cryptic role fungi play in ecosystems:

 
Understanding the cryptic role fungi play in ecosystems - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · When you say "fungi," most people think of mushrooms, showy fruiting bodies, but most fungi do not produce mushrooms. It is estimated that there are approximately 3 to 13 million fungal species on Earth, many of which are microscopic in size. They live in a range of environments such as in soils, inside the tissues of leaves in rainforests, and in deep oceans. Understanding how fungi move across a range of spatial scales is important to understanding ecosystems and has implications for agriculture and human health, according to a new review in the Annual Reviews of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics.
Fungi are often associated with death and decay, such as mold in a ...
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Update: The Impossible Paradox of Global Gas and the Energy Transition:

 
Update: The Impossible Paradox of Global Gas and the Energy Transition - Climate Crocks
Dec 6 · US Liquified Natural Gas industry did not exist 10 years ago.The US is now neck and neck with Qatar for world’s largest LNG exporter.
Russia’s catastrophic Ukraine invasion has devolved into a resource war with the wider world, Russia using natural gas and its control of pipeline supplies as a weapon against Democracy, and a global rule of law.
Europe, due to some quick planning and execution on the infrastructure side, looks like it can make it thru this winter, barely, if weather cooperates.But in the meantime, with Europeans willing, and able to pay 2, 3, or even 10 times higher than normal price for gas, countries in the developing world are being priced ...
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Using game engines and “twins” to co-create stories of climate futures:

 
Using game engines and “twins” to co-create stories of climate futures - MIT - Global Change
Dec 1 · d="M12.132,61.991a5.519,5.519,0,0,1-5.866,5.753A5.554,5.554,0,0,1,.4,61.854a5.809,5.809,0,0,1,1.816-4.383,6.04,6.04,0,0,1,4.05-1.37C9.9,55.965,12.132,58.43,12.132,61.991Zm-8.939-.137c0,2.328,1.117,3.7,3.073,3.7s3.073-1.37,3.073-3.7-1.117-3.835-3.073-3.835C4.45,58.156,3.193,59.526,3.193,61.854Z" transform="translate(-0.4 -55.965)" fill="#333"/> d="M17.884,67.531l-3.352-5.753-1.257-2.191v7.944H10.9V56.3h2.793l3.212,5.616c.419.822.7,1.37,1.257,2.328V56.3h2.374V67.531Z" transform="translate(3.765 -55.889)" fill="#333"/> ...    Read more ...
 

Using the nexus approach to identify systematic solutions for sustainable development:

 
Using the nexus approach to identify systematic solutions for sustainable development - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015, tackle a wide array of contemporary issues such as food, water, and energy insecurity, biodiversity loss, climate change, and rapid and spontaneous urbanization. Achieving these goals requires a strategy aimed towards overall progress, rather than improvement in isolated areas. The nexus approach is a method for dealing with sustainable development challenges in an integrated manner considering multiple variables at once. The word "nexus" is conventionally understood to mean "link" or "connection," and the aptly named approach involves the assessment of several interconnected components. Components can be based on ...    Read more ...
 

Vanguard Renewables Receives Environmental Leadership Award from NERC:

 
Vanguard Renewables Receives Environmental Leadership Award from NERC - Sustainable Brands
Nov 15 · Vanguard Renewables was recognized by NERC for its impact on organics recycling. The company’s Farm Powered® solution captures greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure and food and beverage waste to create renewable energy via anaerobic digestion. Since 2014, the company has recycled nearly 2 million tons of organic waste, mitigating more than 950 thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions or the equivalent of planting more than 16 million trees.
Vanguard Renewables works with multi-generational dairy farms to build and operate anaerobic digesters to generate renewable energy. The process benefits the environment by mitigating greenhouse gases and provides farm partners with ...
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Viewpoint: Shipping must accelerate its decarbonization efforts, and now it has the opportunity to do so:

 
Viewpoint: Shipping must accelerate its decarbonization efforts, and now it has the opportunity to do so - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN agency that regulates international maritime affairs, are meeting on December 5-16 to discuss how to accelerate the industry's climate mitigation efforts. An initial strategy - agreed in 2018, when the industry's emissions were roughly the same as Germany's - targeted a 50% reduction in shipping's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and included a noncommittal aim to phase out emissions in line with the 1.5? temperature target of the Paris Climate Agreement.
But climate scientists are now clear that 1.5? of warming is the maximum that would allow us to avoid the risk of exceeding dangerous climate tipping ...
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Violet Coco is in prison meanwhile the fossil fuel people are really getting value for money:

 
Violet Coco is in prison meanwhile the fossil fuel people are really getting value for money - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 7 · Not even bosses who steal wages off their workers go to jail    Read more ...
 

Vital Impacts winter collection prints go on sale – in pictures:

 
Vital Impacts winter collection prints go on sale – in pictures - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 5 · More than 100 photographers are making their fine art prints available to Vital Impacts, an women-owned and operated non-profit organisation that supports grassroots groups trying to protect people, wildlife and habitats    Read more ...
 

Warming Climate Spurs Harmful Oxygen Loss in Lakes:

 
Warming Climate Spurs Harmful Oxygen Loss in Lakes - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Dec 22 · Rondaxe Lake in Herkimer County, New York,represents classic Adirondack Park waters. But over the last quarter-century, Rondaxe -- like thousands of lakes in temperate zones around the world -- has been losing a global-warming battle to maintain oxygen in its waters.
The work published Dec. 6 in the journal Global Change Biology.
"Lakes with dissolved oxygen losses strongly outnumber those with gains," said lead author Stephen Jane, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. "At large scales, aerobic organisms are losing available habitat as warming of lakes continues. This is particularly the case for organisms that rely on well-oxygenated ...
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Warming climate spurs harmful oxygen loss in lakes:

 
Warming climate spurs harmful oxygen loss in lakes - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · Rondaxe Lake in Herkimer County, New York, represents classic Adirondack Park waters. But over the last quarter-century, Rondaxe - like thousands of lakes in temperate zones around the world - has been losing a global-warming battle to maintain oxygen in its waters. New research from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows a continually warming world is leading to extended, late-summer weeks of water stratification, which prompts oxygen deprivation in the water - provoking conditions called hypoxia (low oxygen) and anoxia (no oxygen) - and negative consequences for fish and other species.
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Weather warning for ice as temperatures drop:

 
Weather warning for ice as temperatures drop - BBC
Dec 6 · A weather warning for ice has been issued for parts of Wales from Wednesday evening, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing.
The Met Office issued the yellow warning from 17:00 GMT until 18:00 GMT on Thursday for 12 local authority areas in Wales.
The forecaster warned of possible slips and falls with icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
Transport could also be affected, the Met Office said.
It added there could be snow showers on higher ground.
On Monday, the Snowdon Mountain Railway - in Welsh, Rheilffordd yr Wyddfa - tweeted that very chilly temperatures were already evident on Wales' highest peak.
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Wherever you stand on Violet Coco, her jailing raises the stakes for climate protest:

 
Wherever you stand on Violet Coco, her jailing raises the stakes for climate protest - Guardian - Climate Change
Dec 4 · Laws across Australia have shifted significantly to limit protest and are being used to restrain or intimidate those who speak up
You don’t have to believe that Deanna Coco’s climate protest blocking traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a good idea, or helped her cause. But being sent to prison until July and denied bail while she lodges an appeal against the sentence was a bad day for democratic expression in Australia.
Coco, 32 years old and known as Violet, was part of a group of four protesters from the activist group Fireproof Australia who blocked a southbound lane on the bridge just before 8.30am on 13 April this year. While others held a banner and glued ...
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Whistleblower exposes top biomass producer's empty promises:

 
Whistleblower exposes top biomass producer's empty promises - Climate Engineering (Lockley - Playlist)
Dec 6 · A biomass industry insider tells Mongabay in exclusive interviews that Enviva, the world’s largest maker of wood pellets for energy, is disingenuous in its green, eco-friendly claims to the public and stockholders.\nEnviva is the largest maker of wood pellets burned for energy in the world. The company, has from its inception, touted its green credentials.\nIt says it doesn’t use big, whole trees, but only uses wood waste, “tops, limbs, thinnings, and/or low-value smaller trees” in the production of woody biomass burned in former coal power plants in the U.K., EU and Asia. It says it only sources wood from areas where trees will be regrown, and that it doesn’t contribute to ... | By Mongabay    Read more ...
 

Why I’m becoming a climate optimist:

 
Why I’m becoming a climate optimist - Greenbiz
Dec 5 · Whether for selfish or moral reasons, the greater mobilization of coalitions that can yield climate progress is an essential reaffirmation of our common humanity and the ability of people to govern themselves.
A cascade of discouraging developments continues to interfere with efforts to combat advancing climate change. The failure of COP27 to phase out fossil fuel commitments and hold nations more accountable for their emissions. The increase in coal consumption in Asian and European markets. Expanding investments in fossil fuel infrastructure. Political pressure from ultra-conservative U.S. senators and state chief financial officers to discourage investors and companies from ...
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Why sponges may be the 'canary in the coal mine' for impacts of marine heat waves:

 
Why sponges may be the 'canary in the coal mine' for impacts of marine heat waves - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 5 · Marine sponges were thought to be more resilient to ocean warming than other organisms. But earlier this year, New Zealand recorded the largest-ever sponge bleaching event off its southern coastline. While only one species, the cup sponge Cymbastella lamellata, was affected, a prolonged marine heat wave turned millions of the normally dark brown sponges bright white.
Subsequently, we reported tissue loss, decay and death of other sponge species across the northern coastline of New Zealand, with an estimated impact on hundreds of thousands of specimens. In contrast, we didn't observe any bleaching or tissue loss in central areas of New Zealand's coastline, despite extensive ...
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Why the US Inflation Reduction Act has Europe up in arms:

 
Why the US Inflation Reduction Act has Europe up in arms - newsletter.climatenexus
Nov 30 · PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will use a state visit to Washington this week to press European Union concerns about the United States' huge new green energy subsidy package.
While EU countries welcome the new commitment to energy transition, they fear the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act will put their companies at an unfair disadvantage.
EU countries are worried their companies will suffer because of U.S. tax breaks for components used in renewable energy technologies like electric cars on condition they are made in North America.
EU countries consider that 200 billion euros ($207 billion) out of the total is tied to locally ...
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Wine forecast: Britain could be Chardonnay champions by 2050:

 
Wine forecast: Britain could be Chardonnay champions by 2050 - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Dec 5 · The impact of climate change by 2050 may mean that UK-grown Chardonnay grapes will be ripe enough to produce high quality still wines, in most years. Following their model of the effect of variation in weather on Chablis wine quality, in France, researchers at the University of Reading have turned their attention to Chardonnay still wine production in the UK. Their work is published in OENO One.
Alex Biss, a Ph.D. student who led the project, said, "There are some great sparkling wines produced from Chardonnay grapes already in the UK, but the grapes used in sparkling wines don't need as much ripening as for still wines. A good Chardonnay vintage is not attained reliably in ...
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X-ray analysis without doubt: Four-decade enigma of cosmic X-rays solved:

 
X-ray analysis without doubt: Four-decade enigma of cosmic X-rays solved - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Dec 6 · An international team led by the Heidelberg MPl for Nuclear Physics has solved a decades-long problem in astrophysics with a high-precision experiment. The intensity ratios of important radiation lines of iron measured in the laboratory previously deviated from those calculated, and thus there was uncertainty about the states of very hot gases derived from the X-ray spectra, such as in the solar corona or the vicinity of black holes.
With the new experimental data, agreement with the theory has now been achieved. This means that X-ray data from space telescopes can be analyzed in the future with a high degree of confidence in the atomic models behind them.
Very hot gas, ...
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X-rays reveal elusive chemistry for better electric vehicle batteries:

 
X-rays reveal elusive chemistry for better electric vehicle batteries - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 5 · DOE's Battery500 consortium zeroes-in on lithium metal anodes
Many electronics, including smartphones and even electric vehicles, currently rely on conventional lithium-ion batteries. While lithium-ion batteries have become common due to their high efficiency and long lifespan, these batteries face challenges in more demanding applications, such as powering electric vehicles over long distances.
To build a better battery for electric vehicles, researchers across several national laboratories and DOE-sponsored universities have formed a consortium called Battery500. Led by PNNL, the consortium aims to make battery cells with an energy density of 500 watt-hours per ...
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Zinc batteries offer greater safety, but many improvements needed to compete with lithium:

 
Zinc batteries offer greater safety, but many improvements needed to compete with lithium - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Dec 2 · Zinc batteries potentially offer a much lower fire risk than their market-leading yet fire-prone lithium-ion cousins, but researchers have concluded that the technology still needs a major boost to performance on a number of fronts if it is to deliver on its promise. A review paper describing the state of play of zinc battery development and arguing for research priorities was published. Review articles - a deep dive into the literature on a subject - are a key part of the modern scientific method that helps researchers clarify the current understanding across a field and, crucially, identify gaps in knowledge.
The review paper was published in Nano Research Energy.
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