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'We are waiting for rain, for winter, for God':

 
'We are waiting for rain, for winter, for God' - BBC
Aug 14 · Text and photographs by Joel Gunterin Gironde, France
Hervé Trentin, a 34-year veteran of the Gironde fire department, stood on the edge of a charred section of forest wiping tears from his cheeks. It was the second time he had cried that morning.
"I'm sorry," he said, composing himself. "This is our forest. It is heart-breaking to watch it burn."
Trentin and his small team were moving around an area south of the French city of Bordeaux, in the Gironde region, on Saturday morning, trying to stay ahead of a megafire.
Their job was to burn the forest, to create firebreaks - a tactic they had trained for years to master and which put them in a small band of ...
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'Complicated' day as fires rage in France:

 
'Complicated' day as fires rage in France - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · A huge fire that has devastated swathes of southwestern France was largely contained on Friday, but firefighters face another "complicated" day, local authorities said. The 40-kilometre (25-mile) active fire front in the Gironde and Landes departments around Bordeaux "has not developed, but the weather conditions are pushing us towards extreme vigilance," deputy prefect Ronan Leaustic told reporters.
Temperatures of around 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit) were expected in the fire zone on Friday, slightly lower than the day before.
No new evacuations had been ordered on top of the 10,000 people already asked to leave, Leaustic added.
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'It’s scary’: South Thanet locals rally against net zero-rejecting MP:

 
'It’s scary’: South Thanet locals rally against net zero-rejecting MP - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · As Kent battles scorched fields and wildfires, locals are uniting to counter Craig Mackinlay’s dismissal of climate crisis
Under a cloudless sky in searing sun, Phillip Watts bends down to pick up a broken shell from the parched soil at his east Kent vineyard.
“My vineyard is eight metres above sea level, and I’ve got lots of pebbles in my soil because it used to be a beach,” he said, pointing at the shingle strewn around his award-winning vines. “And it’s going to be a beach again!”
“It’s scary. No doubt,” he said of the climate crisis.
Watts’ Barnsole Vineyard, near Staple, between Sandwich and Canterbury, lies in the constituency of South Thanet, which, ...
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'There’s a nagging fear’: the village that can’t rely on running water:

 
'There’s a nagging fear’: the village that can’t rely on running water - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Residents of Everton, Bedfordshire, have learned to live with an on-off supply, and are always prepared for the worst
Yvonne Hinde opens her fridge to reveal three big bottles of water. There are two buckets full in her garden. “We have to be prepared,” she says. She isn’t being dramatic. Like other residents of Everton in Bedfordshire, Hinde, 59, a childminder, can no longer take running water for granted.
Since the start of July the supply has been severely interrupted or cut off five times. Often the taps run dry for hours at a time. The problems have forced the pub to close and the village school to tell children to stay at home. “It makes life really difficult,” ...
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‘It's a human rights issue': young adults take Portugal climate crisis to court:

 
‘It's a human rights issue': young adults take Portugal climate crisis to court - Guardian
Aug 11 · Cláudia Agostinho, her siblings and cousins will have case heard at European court of human rights
Cláudia Agostinho has been going to Pedrogao beach since she was a child. Back then it was a stretch of silver white sand sandwiched between pine trees and sea.
Today Pedrogão beach, in central Portugal, is an apocalyptic reminder of the carnage and violence that can be brought by global heating. This summer, as temperature warnings were again issued in the Leiria region – where the beach is situated – and several active wildfires raged, the charred remains of the deadliest fire in Portugal’s history were still evident.
When the wildfires of 2017 raged through the ...
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110 Years Ago Today:

 
110 Years Ago Today - Climate Crocks
Aug 14 · Can’t say we weren’t warned.
Yeah – seems a spot on warning report (all for thruppence or 10 shillings a year), though not a big audience in those rural parts of N.Z , so one hundred and ten years later on we are beginning to realize that those early warning were close to the mark and not early alarmists. Not sure how much of today’s nations are in any kind of shape to seriously tackle the legacy problems right now.
“With 30 years of data, we can finally see what a huge impact we have on the Earth’s climate.”
And just for interest this article originated from science writer Alex Kasprak in the Popular Mechanics magazine, then published out ...
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2022 sets record fire activity in southwest Europe: EU:

 
2022 sets record fire activity in southwest Europe: EU - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · Blazes that have torched tens of thousands of hectares of forest in France, Spain and Portugal have made 2022 a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe, the EU's satellite monitoring service said Friday. Amid a prolonged heatwave that saw temperature records tumble, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) said that France had in the last three months reached the highest levels of carbon pollution from wildfires since records began in 2003.
It follows Spain registering its highest ever wildfire carbon emissions last month.
CAMS said the daily total fire radiative power - a measure of the blazes' intensity - in France, Spain and Portugal in ...
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2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #32:

 
2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #32 - Skeptical Science
Aug 14 · The following articles sparked above average interest during the week (bolded articles are from SkS authors): Electrifying transportation reduces emissions AND saves massive amounts of energy, The things we take for granted, Why the climate change deniers’ argument that “CO2 is simply plant food” doesn’t stand up, and Skeptical Science New Research for Week #32 2022.
THE ESCALATOR (free to republish)
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500 more UK wildfires this year than all of 2021:

 
500 more UK wildfires this year than all of 2021 - BBC
Aug 14 · • There have been 745 wildfires in the UK so far this year - up from 247 in the whole of 2021
• Fire chief Mark Hardingham told the BBC there had been 150 large fires in the last week alone
• A wildfire is classified as being large enough to cover an area the size of at least two-and-a-half football pitches
• Fire chiefs are urging people not to use disposable barbeques in open spaces
Mr Hardingham, chairman of the National Fire Chiefs Council said hundreds of grass and woodland fires happen in the UK every day, but this year they had been much larger and more dangerous.
Firefighters have been responding to these incidents "day in, day out" before the ...
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A 'megaflood’ in California could drop 100 inches of rain, scientists warn:

 
A 'megaflood’ in California could drop 100 inches of rain, scientists warn - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 12 · A mention of California might usually conjure images of wildfires and droughts, but scientists say that the Golden State is also the site of extreme, once-a-century “megafloods” - and that climate change could amplify just how bad one gets.
The idea seems inconceivable - a month-long storm that dumps 30 inches of rain in San Francisco and up to 100 inches of rain and/or melted snow in the mountains. But it has happened before - most recently in 1862 - and if history is any indicator, we’re overdue for another, according to research published Friday in Science Advances that seeks to shed light on the lurking hazard.
“This risk is increasing and was already ...
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A Detailed Picture of What’s in the Democrats’ Climate and Health Bill:

 
A Detailed Picture of What’s in the Democrats’ Climate and Health Bill - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 13 · Democrats in Congress have had to scale back their legislative ambitions since last year, but the Inflation Reduction Act, passed by the House on Friday and sent to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his signature, is still a substantial piece of legislation, which will make big investments in the environment and health care, and increase taxes on some key groups.
The bill includes policies lowering the prices of prescription drugs; increasing the generosity of Medicare benefits; and encouraging the development of renewable energy and reducing the impact of climate change.
It would also raise taxes on some corporations and bolster the ability of the Internal Revenue ...
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A fresh look into grasslands as carbon sinks:

 
A fresh look into grasslands as carbon sinks - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · Grasslands have the capability to store carbon, functioning as an important tool in a battle against climate change. While scientific interest in grassland soil for carbon sequestration is not new, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Colorado State University have provided a fresh analysis of the existing research on soil carbon sequestration in grasslands. According to the researchers, they apply a new paradigm of soil organic matter formation to their evaluation and - through the lens of this paradigm and with consideration for regional differences - evaluate grassland management for carbon sequestration. The review article was published in Science on Aug. ...    Read more ...
 

A Great Day for Climate Policy:

 
A Great Day for Climate Policy - Legal Planet
Aug 12 · We all have something to celebrate today. Here’s a 3-minute video explainer.    Read more ...
 

A huge side benefit of the new climate bill:

 
A huge side benefit of the new climate bill - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 12 · Subscriber-only Newsletter
Climate Forward
Air pollution sickens and kills millions every year. Here’s how the new measure will help tackle the problem.
The climate and tax bill expected to pass on Friday afternoon has a huge benefit that you might not have thought about: It’ll go a long way toward improving health throughout the United States.
The package - which, when signed by President Biden, will be America’s first major climate law - is an important step in the fight against global warming. But even if all countries take fast, decisive action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it’ll take some time for the planet’s temperatures to stabilize.
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All systems go in Houston as NASA prepares return to Moon:

 
All systems go in Houston as NASA prepares return to Moon - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 15 · Rick LaBrode has worked at NASA for 37 years, but he says the American quest to return to the Moon is by far the crowning moment of his career. LaBrode is the lead flight director for Artemis 1, set to take off later this month - the first time a capsule that can carry humans will be sent to the Moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.
"This is more exciting than really anything I've ever been a part of," LaBrode told journalists at the US space agency's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas.
The 60-year-old confided to AFP that the eve of the launch is likely to be a long night of anticipation - and little rest.
"I'm going to be so excited. I won't be able ...
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Amazon's Ring, MGM to launch show from viral doorbell videos:

 
Amazon's Ring, MGM to launch show from viral doorbell videos - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Two Amazon-owned companies - Ring and Hollywood studio MGM - are teaming to create a TV show in the mold of "America's Funniest Home Videos" using viral footage from Ring's doorbell and smart-home cameras. The half-hour show, called "Ring Nation," will be hosted by actor and comedian Wanda Sykes and premier in syndication on Sept. 26, MGM said.
The studio noted audiences should expect to see the usual things that go viral - marriage proposals, neighbors saving neighbors and silly animals.
The series showcases Amazon's fusion of its various business arms, this time to highlight what MGM called "interesting moments from communities across the country."
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Amazon, Oracle shrug off lawmaker fears of abortion data sales:

 
Amazon, Oracle shrug off lawmaker fears of abortion data sales - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Amazon.com Inc., Oracle Corp. and other data providers pressed by a group of U.S. lawmakers about how they sell mobile phone location data offered assurances that the information couldn't be used to track individuals seeking abortion services. U.S. Representative Lori Trahan, one of the House members questioning the companies, said she wasn't satisfied with the answers.
While all the companies detailed ways they keep data anonymized, "similar practices and policies at a number of brokers have already proven insufficient, even before the overturning of Roe raised the stakes for tens of millions of women," Trahan said Friday in a statement to Bloomberg.
Trahan was among ...
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America's summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say:

 
America's summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say - Guardian
Aug 11 · Yellowstone, Death Valley, Kentucky – experts say extreme rainfall spurred by global heating is rendering historical norms obsolete
An entire building and roads washed away by raging waters in Yellowstone. People desperately swimming from their homes in St Louis. Dozens dead after torrential downpours in Kentucky. The summer of 2022 has been one of extreme floods in the US, with scientists warning the climate crisis is worsening the devastation.
The deadliest of the recent barrage of floods, in Kentucky, was described as “heartbreaking” by Joe Biden as he surveyed ruined houses and inundated cars on Monday. At least 37 people died after five days of pounding record rain ...
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An eco-friendly filter for removing microplastics in water without polluting the environment:

 
An eco-friendly filter for removing microplastics in water without polluting the environment - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · DGIST has announced that a research team led by Professor Lee Ju-hyuck of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering of DGIST, collaborating with the research team of Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (President Lee Nak-gyu) led by Dr. Cho Han-cheol, developed an eco-friendly microplastic removal technology that can remove micro-to-nano-sized microplastics in the water. Microplastics are very small plastics (usually less than 5 mm) that accumulate in the body and become a threat to humans by disturbing biological functions and so forth. These microplastics are mainly introduced into the ocean and eventually affect humans on the top of the food chain by disrupting the ...    Read more ...
 

An ultrafast and highly performing nonlinear splitter based on lithium niobate:

 
An ultrafast and highly performing nonlinear splitter based on lithium niobate - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Optics, technologies that leverage the behavior and properties of light, are the basis of many existing technological tools, most notably fiber communication systems that enable long- and short-distance high-speed communication between devices. Optical signals have a high information capacity and can be transmitted across longer distances. Researchers at California Institute of Technology have recently developed a new device that could help to overcome some of the limitations of existing optical systems. This device, introduced in a paper published in Nature Photonics, is a lithium niobate-based device that can switch ultrashort light pulses at an extremely low optical pulse energy ...    Read more ...
 

Antarctica's ice shelves could be melting faster than we thought:

 
Antarctica's ice shelves could be melting faster than we thought - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · A new model developed by Caltech and JPL researchers suggests that Antarctica's ice shelves may be melting at an accelerated rate, which could eventually contribute to more rapid sea level rise. The model accounts for an often-overlooked narrow ocean current along the Antarctic coast and simulates how rapidly flowing freshwater, melted from the ice shelves, can trap dense warm ocean water at the base of the ice, causing it to warm and melt even more. The study was conducted in the laboratory of Andy Thompson, professor of environmental science and engineering, and appears in the journal Science Advances on August 12.
Ice shelves are outcroppings of the Antarctic ice sheet, ...
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Antarctica's Ice Shelves Could Be Melting Faster Than We Thought:

 
Antarctica's Ice Shelves Could Be Melting Faster Than We Thought - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · A new model developed by Caltech and JPL researchers suggests that Antarctica's ice shelves may be melting at an accelerated rate, which could eventually contribute to more rapid sea level rise. The model accounts for an often-overlooked narrow ocean current along the Antarctic coast and simulates how rapidly flowing freshwater, melted from the ice shelves, can trap dense warm ocean water at the base of the ice, causing it to warm and melt even more.
The study was conducted in the laboratory of Andy Thompson, professor of environmental science and engineering, and appears in the journal Science Advances on August 12.
Ice shelves are outcroppings of the Antarctic ice ...
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Arctic warming 4 times faster than rest of planet: Climate study:

 
Arctic warming 4 times faster than rest of planet: Climate study - Aljazeera
Aug 11 · Finnish researchers say climate models have underestimated the pace of warming in the Arctic region.
The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet during the last 40 years, according to research published on Thursday that suggests climate models are underestimating the rate of polar heating.
“We present evidence that during 1979–2021 the Arctic has been warming nearly four times as fast as the entire globe,” the authors said in the study.
“Thus, we caution that referring to Arctic warming as to being twice as fast as the global warming, as frequently stated in literature, is a clear underestimation of the situation during the last 43 ...
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Are EVs really better for the climate?:

 
Are EVs really better for the climate? - Just Have A Think
Aug 14 · Electric vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity as the number of different options has increased dramatically over the last couple of years and prices are beginning to move towards parity with internal combustion engine cars. But once all the carbon costs of extracting, processing and manufacturing are taken into account, how much lower is the overall lifetime carbon footprint of an EV compared to and ICE car? And for that matter, what's the carbon footprint of all the other types of transport we use in modern society?\n\nHelp support this channels independence at\nhttp://www.patreon.com/justhaveathink\n\nOr with a donation via Paypal by clicking ... | By Just Have a Think    Read more ...
 

As Congress funds high-tech climate solutions, it also bets on a low-tech one: Nature:

 
As Congress funds high-tech climate solutions, it also bets on a low-tech one: Nature - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 14 · Tax breaks for electric vehicles. Huge incentives to ramp up carbon-capture facilities, urge green hydrogen production and boost U.S. manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines and next-generation batteries. The landmark Inflation Reduction Act that passed Friday includes $369 billion in climate- and energy-related funding - much of it aimed at high-tech solutions to help nudge the world’s biggest historical emitter toward a greener future.
But beyond those headline-making investments, the legislation acknowledges a less-heralded but essential part of the effort to combat climate change: nature. Or, more precisely, that given a chance, nature can be a profound ally in the ...
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As drought blights the UK, our politicians have their heads buried in the sand:

 
As drought blights the UK, our politicians have their heads buried in the sand - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · England’s privatised water system is compounding the climate emergency. Instead of fixing it, the government has gone awol
A drought has officially been declared across vast swathes of England. Rivers and reservoirs are evaporating in front of our eyes. Water may soon be rationed and crop irrigation restricted. Drought, and the extreme heat that exacerbates it, isn’t some occasional freak occurrence that can be brushed off as “super scorchio” fun once or twice a year. It’s a consequence of years of inaction on the climate emergency. This is producing a perfect storm of energy insecurity, food supply chaos and extreme weather that is wreaking havoc on society.
Getting a ...
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As Historic Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk, Young Activists Demand More:

 
As Historic Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk, Young Activists Demand More - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 12 · The bill will cut U.S. emissions, but not nearly enough. It’s “like losing 20 pounds when you need to lose 100 pounds” one expert said.
WASHINGTON - For the septuagenarian lawmakers who wrote the historic climate bill that Congress passed on Friday, and the 79-year-old president who is about to sign it into law, the measure represents a “once in a generation” victory.
But younger Democrats and climate activists crave more. They look at the bill as a down payment, and they worry a complacent electorate will believe Washington has at last solved climate change - when in fact scientists warn it has only taken the first necessary steps.
“This bill is not the bill that ...
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Australia has a steep hill to climb on electric cars – but if ever there was a time, it’s now:

 
Australia has a steep hill to climb on electric cars – but if ever there was a time, it’s now - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Consumers say yes, the numbers add up, industry is largely on board and Labor has no policy hang-ups. This week could be the turning point
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Last week an acquaintance who owns a secondhand Japanese electric car, brought to Australia as part of a bulk purchase by the Good Car Company, posted a quiet boast. His wife had put their Nissan Leaf in for its annual service. No major problems were found – just an underinflated tyre. The total bill? $120.
Reading that sent me to the mess of my glovebox to work out how much I had paid mechanics to keep my Subaru Outback running over the past year. It added up ...
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Beyond net-zero: We should, if we can, cool the planet back to pre-industrial levels:

 
Beyond net-zero: We should, if we can, cool the planet back to pre-industrial levels - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · The world's focus is sharply fixed on achieving net-zero emissions, yet surprisingly little thought has been given to what comes afterwards. In our new paper, published today in Nature Climate Change, we discuss the big unknowns in a post net-zero world. It's vital that we understand the consequences of our choices when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and what comes next. The pathways we choose before and after reaching global net-zero emissions might mean the difference between a planet that remains habitable and one where many parts become inhospitable.
At the moment, human activities have a warming effect on the planet. But achieving our climate policy goals would take ...
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Biden finally has a climate bill. What happens next?:

 
Biden finally has a climate bill. What happens next? - Washington Post
Aug 10 · For 18 months, President Biden’s climate agenda was in limbo. The White House and Senate Democrats were in bumpy negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), talks that often seemed like they’d go nowhere (and, on occasion, collapsed). Meanwhile, the administration held its fire on several key issues - such as more fossil fuel drilling on federal lands, which would violate a Biden climate pledge - as it waited to see whether Manchin would come around.
Then in June, in a long anticipated decision, the Supreme Court clipped the administration’s wings by limiting how the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
But now, Biden finally has a ...
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Big oil's big recovery:

 
Big oil's big recovery - energymonitor.ai
Aug 11 · Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a recovery in crude oil prices. Six months on, we look at how this has changed the fossil fuel industry.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a remarkable recovery in crude oil prices. As the EU, US and UK all signalled their intent to move away from Russian fossil fuels, the price of oil crossed the $120 mark, the highest it had been in more than a decade.
Just four months previously, world leaders committed to reducing emissions by mid-century at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, seemingly confirming the long-term managed decline of global fossil fuel demand. Just under two years before the invasion, the world had ...
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Bill would provide relief to farmworkers in drought-stricken California:

 
Bill would provide relief to farmworkers in drought-stricken California - Yale Climate Connections
Aug 11 · Yale Climate Connections
About a quarter of the nation’s food is produced in California’s Central Valley. And for decades, people have come to the region to find jobs in agriculture.
State senator Melissa Hurtado says her parents immigrated there from Mexico.
“They came to the Central Valley in search of the American dream. What they had heard is that the Central Valley was the place where you can make that happen,” she says. “And this region provided that to them.”
But as climate change brings hotter, drier conditions, the American dream is getting harder to achieve in the Valley.
Because of severe drought the past few years, farmers have left some ...
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Boris Johnson told to tackle rising energy bills to avoid 'extreme suffering’ this winter:

 
Boris Johnson told to tackle rising energy bills to avoid 'extreme suffering’ this winter - Guardian - Energy
Aug 1 · Ex-chief scientist David King says outgoing PM must deliver fiscal policies to support poorer people
Boris Johnson should intervene urgently to start insulating British homes and introduce fiscal policies to reduce bills, as further delay will mean more people face “extreme suffering” this winter as energy bills soar, a former government chief scientific adviser has warned.
David King said: “This could be the worst possible time for the leadership of this country to be simply sitting back. We’re waiting until what? We have an energy crisis right now and we need good leadership. We need alert leadership, leadership that is thinking about this – and that is ...
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British farmers face up to the prospect of drought:

 
British farmers face up to the prospect of drought - Economist
Aug 12 · Jake Freestone is having a stressful summer. He manages Overbury Enterprises, a 1,565-hectare (3,870-acre) estate on the border between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, in the west of England. The lack of rainfall this summer has dented his oilseed-rape harvest; there is not enough moisture in the ground to plant crops for next year. His 850 ewes and 1,400 lambs are running out of grass. His winter-forage stock is not what it should be because the usual 60-odd hectares of stubble turnips cannot be planted.On August 12th officials declared large areas of England to be in drought. Last month was the driest July since 1935, with temperatures exceeding 40°C for the first time. River ...    Read more ...
 
British farmers face up to the prospect of drought - Economist
Aug 12 · Jake Freestone is having a stressful summer. He manages Overbury Enterprises, a 1,565-hectare (3,870-acre) estate on the border between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, in the west of England. The lack of rainfall this summer has dented his oilseed-rape harvest; there is not enough moisture in the ground to plant crops for next year. His 850 ewes and 1,400 lambs are running out of grass. His winter-forage stock is not what it should be because the usual 60-odd hectares of stubble turnips cannot be planted.On August 12th officials declared large areas of England to be in drought. Last month was the driest July since 1935, with temperatures exceeding 40°C for the first time. River ...    Read more ...
 

Can Biden’s climate bill undo the fossil fuel industry’s decades of harm?:

 
Can Biden’s climate bill undo the fossil fuel industry’s decades of harm? - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · The US spent six decades losing the climate war as fossil fuel companies spread misinformation. It has finally gained significant ground
The scientists’ warning to the US president on climate crisis was stark: the world’s countries were conducting a vast, dangerous experiment through their enormous release of planet-heating emissions, which threaten to be “deleterious from the point of view of human beings”. Some sort of remedial action was needed, they urged.
This official alert was issued not to Joe Biden, who is poised to sign America’s first ever major legislation designed to tackle the climate crisis, but in a report given to his presidential predecessor Lyndon ...
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Can Sodium Batteries Catch up With Lithium?:

 
Can Sodium Batteries Catch up With Lithium? - Climate Crocks
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Can’t Find a New EV? Subscribe.:

 
Can’t Find a New EV? Subscribe. - Climate Crocks
Aug 13 · The landmark US climate bill passed by the House of Representatives on Friday is a boon for would-be buyers of electric vehicles: It includes a $7,500 point-of-sale tax credit for any purchase of a qualifying new EV, and $4,000 off the purchase of a used one. But the bill doesn’t solve for one of the biggest challenges facing interested buyers: inventory.
It’s terribly difficult to get a new electric car these days. In a recent survey of thousands of EV owners for Bloomberg Green’s Electric Car Ratings, respondents said they waited almost seven months, on average, for their battery-powered vehicle. In Australia, the delivery delay on a new Tesla is so long - up to nine months ...
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China-US climate “oasis” turns to desert – Climate Weekly:

 
China-US climate “oasis” turns to desert – Climate Weekly - Climate Change News - Politics
Aug 12 · US climate tsar John Kerry shakes hands with Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua on 8 December 2015. (Photo: US State Department/Flickr)
Cooperation on climate between the US and China has long been precarious.
Last year, Chinese foreign foreign minister Wang Yi warned it was an “oasis” which risks being taken over by the desert of broader geopolitical enmity.
After Nancy Pelosi’s recent courageous/provocative trip to Taiwan, the oasis waters have turned to sand as China cancelled all climate talks with the US.
At first glance, a breakdown in talks between the world’s two biggest polluters sounds like a huge deal. But is it?
The ...
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Climate activists fill golf holes with cement:

 
Climate activists fill golf holes with cement - BBC
Aug 13 · Climate activists in southern France have filled golf course holes with cement to protest against the exemption of golf greens from water bans amid the country's severe drought.
The group targeted sites near the city of Toulouse, calling golf the "leisure industry of the most privileged".
The exemption of golf greens has sparked controversy as 100 French villages are short of drinking water.
Golf officials say greens would die in three days without water.
"A golf course without a green is like an ice-rink without ice," Gérard Rougier of the French Golf Federation told the France Info news website. He added that 15,000 people worked in golf courses across ...
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Climate Bill Debate Ongoing:

 
Climate Bill Debate Ongoing - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · Climate Bill Debate Ongoing
Vote coming soon
I started this trailer a few years ago (meaning the first few seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_5UxWABCg
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Climate bill signed into law in Massachusetts as California unveils water scarcity strategy:

 
Climate bill signed into law in Massachusetts as California unveils water scarcity strategy - WBUR
Jul 22 · Add WBUR to your morning routine
Less than two years after enacting a sweeping climate law, Massachusetts is at it again. On Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed the so-called "Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind" bill into law.
The new law builds on the 2021 law by providing more details about how the state can meet its ambitious climate targets and clean energy goals for 2050 and beyond.
The full text of the legislation is almost 100 pages, and it's pretty dense reading. If you're looking for the highlights, we have you covered.
Here is what you should know about Massachusetts' new climate law:
One of the main goals of this law is to aid and ...
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Climate bill: Could coal communities shift to nuclear?:

 
Climate bill: Could coal communities shift to nuclear? - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 14 · A major economic bill headed to the president has "game-changing" incentives for the nuclear energy industry, experts say, and those tax credits are even more substantial if a facility is sited in a community where a coal plant is closing. The transformative bill provides the most spending to fight climate change by any one nation ever in a single push. Among the many things it could do nuclear energy experts say is spur more projects like one Bill Gates is planning in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Gates' company, TerraPower, plans to build an advanced, nontraditional nuclear reactor and employ workers from a local coal-fired power plant scheduled to close soon.
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Climate crisis in the American west:

 
Climate crisis in the American west - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Scientists concluded that a series of storms could dump enough rainfall to displace millions, causing over $1tn in losses
Driven by the climate crisis, exceedingly rare megafloods will become more common – and more catastrophic – according to a new study that found their likelihood has already doubled in California.
The unexpected threat lingers even as browning hillsides, fallowed fields and bathtub ring-laden reservoirs serve as a constant reminder of the drought disaster in the state, which may be woefully unprepared when the coin inevitably flips.
“Societally, from a public policy and climate adaptation infrastructure building perspective we are falling ...
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Combining Techniques to Create More Environmentally Friendly, Heat Resistant, and Transparent Plastics:

 
Combining Techniques to Create More Environmentally Friendly, Heat Resistant, and Transparent Plastics - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Previous research, such as that performed by Nobel laureate Giulio Natta's group in the 1960s, created polymers using a technique called asymmetric cationic polymerization. However, their group could not control the molecular weight. Controlling the molecular weight of polymers, especially those used in the engineering of plastics, is important because it affects many of the properties of the plastics. Stiffer-flowing, high molecular weight polymers offer the best performance as they are tougher and more resistant to chemical and environmental damage.
A group that includes Lecturer Mineto Uchiyama and Professor Masami Kamigaito of the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya ...
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Crisis requires long-term planning rather than rapid response:

 
Crisis requires long-term planning rather than rapid response - The Hill
Aug 11 · Wildfires are a top priority for land management agencies and utilities, as the number, size and intensity have increased along with the cost to battle these mega-blazes. While not all wildfires are caused by the power grid, the two are closely linked. New tactics need to be adopted to protect infrastructure, principally by investing in prevention strategies and secondarily by coordinating interagency approaches and community participation.
Several congressional hearings have focused on the intersection between the grid and wildfire - stressing the burgeoning risk to energy infrastructure from climate change. High winds, storm surges and lightning can cause physical damage to ...
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Dead grass and dried-up rivers: drought across the UK – in pictures:

 
Dead grass and dried-up rivers: drought across the UK – in pictures - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Prolonged dry conditions, with some areas not receiving significant rainfall all summer, have caused the National Drought Group to declare an official drought across eight areas of England. A four-day amber warning for extreme heat is in place for much of England and Wales until Sunday    Read more ...
 

Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use:

 
Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 15 · Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than flows through it, depleting key reservoirs to levels that now jeopardize delivery and hydropower production.
Cities and farms in seven U.S. states are bracing for cuts this week as officials stare down a deadline to propose unprecedented reductions to their use of the water, setting up what's expected to be the most consequential week for Colorado River policy in years.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in June told the ...
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Despite climate, war and Covid, is everything actually … getting better?:

 
Despite climate, war and Covid, is everything actually … getting better? - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · The psychologist Steven Pinker has long believed we should be more optimistic – and even current crises do not dissuade him
Reading and watching the media over the past year, you might be forgiven for thinking that we are facing the collapse of civilisation. We have a shrinking economy, a fuel crisis that may bring on energy rationing and forced blackouts, extreme weather events, the increased chance of nuclear war, and risk of the growth of a new pandemic riding on the back of the last. The Doomsday Clock – a symbol created by scientists to represent the likelihood of a human-made catastrophe – places us at just 100 seconds before midnight, the closest we’ve been to ...
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Drought declared in several parts of England:

 
Drought declared in several parts of England - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · The UK government on Friday officially declared a drought across swathes of England, following months of record low rainfall and unprecedented high temperatures in recent weeks. At a meeting of the National Drought Group, the government's Environment Agency said the "drought trigger threshold had been met" in parts of southwestern, southern, central and eastern England.
Drought was last officially declared in England in 2018.
The agency has released a report noting that England had its driest July since 1935.
The Met Office, the UK's meteorological authority, said the period from January to June this year saw the least rainfall in England and Wales since ...
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Drought highlights dangers for electricity supply:

 
Drought highlights dangers for electricity supply - BBC
Aug 13 · The ongoing drought in the UK and Europe is putting electricity generation under pressure, say experts.
Electricity from hydropower - which uses water to generate power - has dropped by 20% overall.
And nuclear facilities, which are cooled using river water, have been restricted.
There are fears that the shortfalls are a taste of what will happen in the coming winter.
In the UK, high temperatures are hitting energy output from fossil, nuclear and solar sources.
That is because the technology in power plants and solar panels work much less well in high temperatures.
The prolonged dry spell is putting further pressure on energy supplies as Europe ...
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Drought in Britain: the lessons we can learn from Europe:

 
Drought in Britain: the lessons we can learn from Europe - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Analysis: The water supply in England and Wales is entirely in private hands, and that can lead to problems…
Q: Water companies in England and Wales are privatised. Is this common?
A: Not really – even Scotland has state-run water facilities. It is unusual for water provision to be run entirely privately. Many European countries, such as France, have their utilities run by private-public partnerships. In others, such as Spain, the issue is somewhat devolved, with some cities served by private companies and the rest of the country by a public water supply.
Proponents of public ownership say that water is such an important resource that there should be ...
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Drought in England could carry on into new year, experts warn:

 
Drought in England could carry on into new year, experts warn - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Without lots of heavy rain in autumn and winter, water restrictions could be tightened even further
South-east England could be tipped into severe and devastating drought without above-average rainfall this winter, while current water use restrictions in London and surrounding areas are expected to last until the new year even if rainfall returns, ministers have been told. Severe drought would mean even tighter restrictions, such as bans on non-essential uses of water including cleaning windows and filling and maintaining swimming pools.
Though it is too soon to forecast weather for this winter, anything less than substantial rainfall could lead to London being placed ...
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Drought Is Declared in Parts of a Hot, Dry Britain:

 
Drought Is Declared in Parts of a Hot, Dry Britain - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 12 · Derrick Bryson Taylor
LONDON - The British government declared a drought for parts of southern, eastern and central England on Friday as the country, unaccustomed to such extreme heat, endured another day of scorching conditions.
The declaration came after a group of officials and experts, including the National Drought Group, met to discuss the government’s response to “the driest summer in 50 years,” the Environment Agency said in a statement. Extreme-heat warnings have also been issued for parts of southern England and Wales, just weeks after Britain withered under some of its highest temperatures on record.
“We are currently experiencing a second heat wave ...
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Drought on the Rhine: 'We have 30cm of water left':

 
Drought on the Rhine: 'We have 30cm of water left' - BBC
Aug 12 · As Europe lives through a long, hot summer, one of the continent's major rivers is getting drier - posing major problems for the people and businesses that rely on it.
Captain Andre Kimpel casts an experienced, but worried, eye across the river Rhine, where water levels have dropped significantly in recent days.
Several ferry services in and around the town of Kaub have been forced to a standstill, but he's still carrying people and their cars across the water to the opposite bank - for now.
"It's no joke," he says as he navigates the water which sparkles in the summer sunshine. "We have 1.5m [5ft] of water and our boat sits 1.20m deep. So we have 30 ...
| By Jenny HillBBC News, Rhineland-Palatinate    Read more ...
 

Dry spell forces 'unprecedented steps' by farmers:

 
Dry spell forces 'unprecedented steps' by farmers - BBC
Aug 8 · Farmers say they are having to take unprecedented steps to deal with the current hot, dry weather conditions.
The continuing high temperatures have seen normally green pastures dried up.
In Somerset, hay prices are rising, winter feed is having to be used now and some farmers are selling livestock as they cannot afford to feed them.
Cattle farmer Rachel Horler, who has been farming for 20 years, told the BBC she has not known anything "quite like this".
She said: "We are now having to start to feed [baled silage] in early August when normally we would only begin to feed it beginning of October, when perhaps the cattle come in."
Robert Venner, Director ...
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Eco-friendly solar cells improve power generation efficiency by resolving defects:

 
Eco-friendly solar cells improve power generation efficiency by resolving defects - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · The DGIST Thin Film Solar Cell Research Center worked with Professor Kim Se-yoon of the Department of New Material Engineering at Kyungnam University to investigate the cause of pore formation, a problem in CZTS thin-film solar cells, which are eco-friendly general-purpose thin-film solar cells. The team has now developed a technology to overcome this problem. Solar cells, which generate electricity by converting light energy from the sun into electrical energy, are sustainable new renewable energy and can be easily found in everyday life. Among them, CZTS thin film is easy to mass-produce because it uses copper, tin, and zinc as its main materials, which are inexpensive and have ...    Read more ...
 

Edinburgh Zoo's oldest penguin dies in fox attack:

 
Edinburgh Zoo's oldest penguin dies in fox attack - BBC
Aug 12 · Edinburgh Zoo has announced that its oldest penguin has died after being attacked by a fox.
The 35-year-old penguin, known as Mrs Wolowitz, was killed after the fox broke into her enclosure on Wednesday night.
The Northern Rockhopper, which was popular with visitors, hatched in 1987 and lived to double her life expectancy.
The zoo said no other penguins at the enclosure were harmed in the attack.
Darren McGarry, head of living collections at Edinburgh Zoo, said: "We were saddened to discover a fox had broken into our penguin enclosure through the night and attacked Mrs Wolowitz, our oldest penguin.
"She was a big personality and a favourite among ...
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Energy crisis: Why French households are largely protected from soaring costs while British families struggle:

 
Energy crisis: Why French households are largely protected from soaring costs while British families struggle - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · British households are bracing for a winter of massive energy price increases. The average annual bill is forecast to rise above £4,000, which is more than three times what Britons were paying just 12 months ago. French households, meanwhile, will barely see their costs increase. Their government has frozen gas prices and limited the increase of the regulated price of electricity to an annual 4%. The total impact of the cost of living squeeze from higher energy prices this year will remain well below 5% of consumption for all French households. For the poorest 20% of UK households, it could be more than 15%.
The difference between two neighboring countries with interconnected ...
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England 'failing to invest in water networks to avoid future droughts’:

 
England 'failing to invest in water networks to avoid future droughts’ - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Government policy amounts to 'keeping fingers crossed’ rather than acting to adapt to changing climate, says infrastructure chief
England is failing to invest in the water networks needed to avoid a future of recurrent serious droughts, with current policies amounting to the government “keeping [its] fingers crossed”, the UK’s infrastructure chief has warned.
The current drought was a warning that water systems could not cope with the changing climate, with more hot dry spells interspersed with heavier rainfall, said Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.
“Investment is better than keeping your fingers crossed, and than relying on ...
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England drought: how the country has been affected – video:

 
England drought: how the country has been affected – video - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · A drought has been declared across swathes of England amid prolonged dry conditions, with some areas not receiving significant rainfall all summer. A hosepipe ban came into force for about 1.4 million South East Water customers in Kent and Sussex on Friday, but more severe measures may be put in place
Maheen Sadiq, Source: As credited
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ENVIRONMENTAL:

 
ENVIRONMENTAL - The Nation
Aug 11 · Senator Chuck Schumer speaks outside the US Capitol about the Inflation Reduction Act. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
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EU firefighters rally as wildfire burns in south of France – video:

 
EU firefighters rally as wildfire burns in south of France – video - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · France’s biggest wildfire, which has been burning since Tuesday, spread by high temperatures and dry conditions, has destroyed more than 7,400 hectares of forest in Gironde.
Firefighters from across the EU rallied, most stationed along a 26-mile (40km) active fire-front in the south-west, where the blaze that some have described as 'monstrous' continued to devastate pine forests. The aid rushed to France to help battle wildfires is an unprecedented show of international solidarity
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Europe's rivers are running dry as the climate crisis worsens | DW News:

 
Europe's rivers are running dry as the climate crisis worsens | DW News - Youtube
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Europe’s rivers run dry as scientists warn drought could be worst in 500 years:

 
Europe’s rivers run dry as scientists warn drought could be worst in 500 years - Guardian
Aug 1 · Crops, power plants, barge traffic, industry and fish populations devastated by parched waterways
In places, the Loire can now be crossed on foot; France’s longest river has never flowed so slowly. The Rhine is fast becoming impassable to barge traffic. In Italy, the Po is 2 metres lower than normal, crippling crops. Serbia is dredging the Danube.
Across Europe, drought is reducing once-mighty rivers to trickles, with potentially dramatic consequences for industry, freight, energy and food production – just as supply shortages and price rises due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine bite.
Driven by climate breakdown, an unusually dry winter and spring followed by ...
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Expansion of electric vehicle grid hits roadblocks in rural Washington:

 
Expansion of electric vehicle grid hits roadblocks in rural Washington - Energy News
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Just off Interstate 90 as it climbs the eastern side of the Cascades, Terra Sullivan and her family stumbled out of their car at an electric vehicle charging station outside Cle Elum. A thin layer of dirt coated their arms and legs, a souvenir from a few days of camping at Lake Chelan.
They joined the constant rotation of cars pulling through the charging site a couple miles from the ...
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Extreme heat 'making us sick', say homeless:

 
Extreme heat 'making us sick', say homeless - BBC
Aug 12 · People who are homeless say being stuck outside in extreme heat is "horrendous" and "makes me sick".
Bristol Street Outreach Team, operated by charity St Mungo's, has been carrying out additional shifts and giving out water, advice and sun protection.
It has also opened up an additional day centre for those who need shelter.
Michael, who sleeps rough in the city, said even sitting in the shade was "tiring and sweaty and uncomfortable".
"It makes me sick," he added.
Temperatures are forecast to hit 37°C (99°F) in some parts of the country over the next couple of days.
James Bennett, an outreach worker for the St Mungo's Rough Sleeper ...
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Extreme Heat and Drought Events Require More Systematic Risk Assessment:

 
Extreme Heat and Drought Events Require More Systematic Risk Assessment - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Simultaneous extreme heat and drought events have consequences in a variety of areas -- for example the economy, health and food production. In addition, due to complex socio-economic connections, such extreme events can cause knock-on effects, researchers at the University of Zurich have shown. More systematic risk assessments are needed to make affected regions more resilient.
In many parts of Europe, summer 2022 has been brutal: long periods of drought combined with record high temperatures. Heat waves, water shortages and forest fires are particularly affecting southern, western and central Europe. Such weather extremes, which are mutually reinforcing, affect a wide range ...
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Fake climate group's ads likely reached millions:

 
Fake climate group's ads likely reached millions - Heated World
Aug 2 · An update on the GOP-linked dark money advertising effort to kill Democrats’ climate deal, including an estimate of how many people were targeted
More reading on how dark money influences climate politics
A juicy investigation from our friends at Floodlight News
Some of Fish’s furry friends to end your week
Last week, on August 2, the FWIW newsletter broke the news that a Republican-linked dark money group called United for Clean Power was buying tons of ads on Google, Facebook and Politico, in an attempt to convince progressive lawmakers to vote against the $369 billion climate policy deal slated to pass the House today.
HEATED picked up the story on ...
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Farmers can save water with wireless technologies, but there are challenges, like transmitting data through mud:

 
Farmers can save water with wireless technologies, but there are challenges, like transmitting data through mud - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Water is the most essential resource for life, for both humans and the crops we consume. Around the world, agriculture accounts for 70% of all freshwater use. I study computers and information technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and direct Purdue's Environmental Networking Technology (ENT) Laboratory, where we tackle sustainability and environmental challenges with interdisciplinary research into the Agricultural Internet of Things, or Ag-IoT.
The Internet of Things is a network of objects equipped with sensors so they can receive and transmit data via the internet. Examples include wearable fitness devices, smart home thermostats and self-driving cars.
In ...
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Federal court reinstates ban on new coal sales on public land:

 
Federal court reinstates ban on new coal sales on public land - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 12 · A federal judge on Friday ordered the Interior Department to pause the issuing of new coal leases, handing a victory to climate advocates who for years have fought to restore an Obama-era moratorium on coal mining on federal land.
In his ruling, Judge Brian Morris of the United States District Court for the District of Montana wrote that under the Trump administration, the department failed to study the full environmental effects of permitting more mining, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Morris’s order reinstates a 2016 freeze on new federal coal lease sales, which President Donald Trump lifted two months after taking office. The move was part of ...
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Fight climate change. End fossilflation. Here’s how.:

 
Fight climate change. End fossilflation. Here’s how. - VOX - Science
Aug 12 · Yet another downside to fossil fuel dependence.
It’s a mundane day for errands: you run out to the store to pick up some groceries, some drugstore supplies, and fill up the gas tank. Afterward, you cook up some lunch on the gas stove.
For all this, you’d be spending roughly 8.5 percent more than you were a year ago, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ July report on prices for consumer goods and services - over the course of the month, that translates into roughly $500 more for most households than last year.
Economists have pointed to energy prices as the main reason for high inflation. Americans have had to spend more on gasoline, on natural gas for stoves, ...
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Finding Sustainable Sources, and Substitutes, for Rare Earth Minerals is Critical:

 
Finding Sustainable Sources, and Substitutes, for Rare Earth Minerals is Critical - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · The irresponsible sourcing of rare-earth and other minerals has been used as a cudgel against the energy transition. But the fact is, these minerals have been critical components of a whole host of non-clean technologies for a long time. For instance, cobalt, in addition to being used in lithium ion batteries, has long been a key ingredient for desulfurization of gasoline.
So it’s not about whether we are going to use more rare earths – we are going to. But pushing companies to pay attention to sourcing is going to be critical.Where we can, finding substitutes is a great idea too, and is being done. One example would be how battery manufacturers are moving away ...
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Firefighters battle blazes in southeast France:

 
Firefighters battle blazes in southeast France - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 14 · French firefighters tackled wildfires raging in the country's southeast Saturday as officials kept a wary eye on a huge blaze that appeared to be contained further west. France has been buffeted this summer by a historic drought that has forced water use restrictions nationwide, as well as a series of heatwaves that experts say are being driven by climate change.
On Saturday, a reignited "virulent" fire in the Aveyron department near Toulouse forced the evacuation of more than 130 people, officials said, while another blaze in the department of Drome, south of Lyon, progressed.
The Aveyron and Drome fires have destroyed more than 1,200 hectares (3,100 acres).
A ...
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Food & drink industry:

 
Food & drink industry - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · As crops shrivel in the fields, farmers around the country are calling for urgent action from the Tory leadership
It last rained on the Euston Estate, near Thetford in Suffolk, a fortnight ago, although the 6mm that fell evaporated almost immediately on contact with the parched earth. Before that, the farm hadn’t seen any rain since June, said Andrew Blenkiron, director of the estate belonging to Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton.
“It has been so dry since April. Some days we only had rain at one end of the farm,” Blenkiron said. The 15mm that fell in July was a third of the usual total.
The hot weather meant winter wheat and barley could be harvested early on ...
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Ford unveils largest-ever renewable energy purchase from a US utility with 650-MW DTE Energy deal:

 
Ford unveils largest-ever renewable energy purchase from a US utility with 650-MW DTE Energy deal - Utilitydive
Aug 11 · The deal will allow every vehicle Ford builds in Michigan to be assembled with the equivalent of 100% carbon-free electricity 10 years earlier than its global goal, the company said.
Ford Motor Company said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with DTE Energy for the utility to add 650 MW of new solar energy capacity in Michigan for the automaker by 2025.
It is the largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the U.S. from a utility, Ford said, citing Bloomberg NEF’s New Energy Outlook.
The deal comes amid a rising level of corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S. and moves by companies to have 100% of their energy needs met by renewable ...
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Forty metres above the forest, searching for smoke:

 
Forty metres above the forest, searching for smoke - BBC
Aug 15 · Manuel Escutia was the first firefighter to set eyes on the blaze that consumed 14,000 hectares of southern France in July.
When he saw it, from his perch 40m (131ft) above the forest, it was a small cloud of black smoke rising from the trees about 5km away. Escutia had just done a circuit of his watchtower and he was about to go back inside the small cabin at its centre when the smoke caught his eye. It was too dark to be a small cigarette or barbecue fire. It was being fuelled by petrol, Escutia thought. According to his log book, it was 4.30pm on 12 July.
"I immediately assumed it was of criminal origin, because of the colour of the smoke," Escutia recalled on Sunday, ...
| By Joel Gunterin Gironde, France    Read more ...
 

From the archive: Wales' drought of 1984:

 
From the archive: Wales' drought of 1984 - BBC
Aug 13 · This video can not be played
With temperatures on the rise once again, Wales could be about to experience a drought, but it would not be the first time.
In 1976, a lack of rainfall and weeks of hot weather meant water usage in Wales increased and the supply ran dry so water restrictions were introduced.
In 1984, conditions worsened again and restrictions were in place again as the reservoirs were at their lowest levels.
As Wales braces itself for another spell of hot weather, could this be something we experience once more?
From the archive: Wales' drought of 1984. Video, 00:02:37From the archive: Wales' drought of 1984
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Geothermal heating and cooling: Renewable energy’s hidden gem:

 
Geothermal heating and cooling: Renewable energy’s hidden gem - Skeptical Science
Aug 15 · Often described as a giant tower of Jenga blocks, Boston University’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences shows no outward signs of leading the race to sustainable energy design. No rooftop wind turbines grace its heights; no solar panels are mounted on the multiple roof decks jutting out from the building’s core.
What makes this building unique lies deep underground, where water circulating through 31 geothermal boreholes will supply 90 percent of its heating and cooling needs when the building opens, as scheduled for later this year. Through a process called geothermal heat exchange, water pumped from 1,500 feet underground will draw upon the near-constant ...
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Germans Prepping for Long Cold Winter:

 
Germans Prepping for Long Cold Winter - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · Lucky enough thanks to climate change our winters are not so long and cold anymore. There will plenty of rain so our utlities will work and we will have alternatieves to Russian gas. It is from now on better to pretend that there is no longer such a thing as Russian gas. It is a mind trick but it may work if we try hard enough.    Read more ...
 

Goats and sheep deploy their appetites to save Barcelona from wildfires:

 
Goats and sheep deploy their appetites to save Barcelona from wildfires - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · An age-old strategy has been revived to tackle the devastating effects of drought and heatwaves
Swapping sirens for bells and equipped with voracious appetites, Barcelona’s newest firefighting recruits began delicately picking past hikers and cyclists in the city’s largest public park earlier this year. The four-legged brigade – made up of 290 sheep and goats – had just one task: to munch on as much vegetation as possible.
Their arrival turned Barcelona into one of the latest places to embrace an age-old strategy that’s being revived as officials around the world face off against a rise in extreme wildfires.
The idea is simple: wildfire-prone areas are handed over ...
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Greens propose shutting down all Victorian coal-fired power plants by 2030:

 
Greens propose shutting down all Victorian coal-fired power plants by 2030 - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Exclusive: New bill also increases the state’s legislated renewable energy target to 100% by decade’s end
Victoria’s three remaining coal-fired power plants would be progressively shut down over the next eight years, under a Greens bill to be introduced to parliament this week.
The Energy Legislation Amendment (Transition from Coal) Bill 2022, is the Greens final piece of legislation to be debated before the state goes to the polls in November, and is set to form a central pillar of the party’s climate policy.
The bill sets out a timeline for the closure of the three brown coal-fired thermal power stations in the Latrobe Valley – Loy Yang A and B, and Yallourn – ...
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Grenada’s Simon Stiell set to be appointed UN climate chief:

 
Grenada’s Simon Stiell set to be appointed UN climate chief - Climate Change News - Politics
Aug 12 · Stiell is a veteran advocate for climate ambition from a small vulnerable, Caribbean island
Simon Stiell at a pre-Cop meeting in the UK last year (Photo: Cabinet Office/Flickr)
Grenada’s former environment minister Simon Stiell is set to lead the UN climate change body (UNFCCC), two sources with knowledge of the matter told Climate Home News.
UN chief Antonio Guterres was responsible for the selection process and his decision was signed off by the UNFCCC bureau at a specially convened meeting yesterday.
Stiell is a veteran advocate for climate ambition from a vulnerable Caribbean island stae. On the global stage, his calls for rapid reductions of ...
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Heavy winds cause havoc at Spanish festival:

 
Heavy winds cause havoc at Spanish festival - BBC
Aug 13 · This video can not be played
High winds caused chaos at a music festival in Valencia, Spain, leaving one dead and others injured.
Video obtained from the event shows people battling huge gusts of sandstorm-like wind that obscured much of the surrounding area.
Heavy winds cause havoc at Spanish festival. Video, 00:00:15Heavy winds cause havoc at Spanish festival
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Here’s How Some Species Will Survive Climate Change:

 
Here’s How Some Species Will Survive Climate Change - Scientific American - Climate
Aug 15 · Digital & 4-Year Archive
Hybridization isn’t as rare as you think, and it’s a tactic some animals can use to weather global warming
Every middle-school student learns the dogma: a species is defined as a group of organisms that interbreed and produce fertile young. When individual plants and animals can’t, we call them different species. Sometimes it’s a little confusing to imagine exactly how that might work between Great Danes and Chihuahuas, which are both Canis familiaris, but for the most part it’s a comforting way to make sense of the biological diversity around us. Except that it’s wrong.
Older genetic sequencing ...
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Historic new deal puts emissions reduction at the heart of Australia's energy sector:

 
Historic new deal puts emissions reduction at the heart of Australia's energy sector - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Australia's energy ministers on Friday voted to make emissions reduction a key national energy goal, in a major step forward in the clean energy transition. Federal, state and territory energy ministers agreed to include emissions in what's known as the "national energy objectives." The objectives guide rule-making and other decisions concerning electricity, retail energy and gas.
Announcing the deal on Friday, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said it was the first change to the objectives in 15 years. He added that "this is important, it sends a very clear direction to our energy market operators, that they must include emissions reductions in the work that ...
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Homes destroyed in Japan tropical storm:

 
Homes destroyed in Japan tropical storm - BBC
Aug 14 · This video can not be played
Homes were destroyed, trains delayed and flights cancelled as Tropical Storm Meari swept over parts of central Japan.
Aerial footage showed the extent of the damage to community infrastructure - which prompted a major clean-up operation.
Some areas saw 50% more rain than the entire amount expected in August.
Homes destroyed in Japan tropical storm. Video, 00:00:52Homes destroyed in Japan tropical storm
Up Next. Residents rescued as torrential rain damages western Japan. Video, 00:00:34Residents rescued as torrential rain damages western Japan
Flooding and landslides leave 10 dead in Japan. Video, 00:00:54Flooding and ...
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Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth:

 
Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 13 · Talk about hot nights, America got some for the history books last month. The continental United States in July set a record for overnight warmth, providing little relief from the day's sizzling heat for people, animals, plants and the electric grid, meteorologists said.
The average low temperature for the Lower 48 states in July was 63.6 degrees (17.6 Celsius), which beat the previous record set in 2011 by a few hundredths of a degree. The mark is not only the hottest nightly average for July, but for any month in 128 years of record keeping, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climatologist Karin Gleason. July's nighttime low was more than 3 degrees (1.7 ...
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Hotter summers to fuel increase in skin cancers, doctors warn:

 
Hotter summers to fuel increase in skin cancers, doctors warn - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Higher summer temperatures caused by climate crisis will lead to more cases of melanoma, say medics
Experts have warned that higher summer temperatures caused by the climate crisis will fuel an increase in cases of potentially deadly skin cancers such as melanoma.
The UK recorded its highest ever temperature of 40.2C last month, as climate scientists stressed the heatwave was not a one-off and high temperatures were likely to become more frequent.
Now medics are warning that the changing climate will cast a long shadow should people spend more time in the sun and have greater exposure to UV radiation.
“As a clinician treating patients with melanoma, I am ...
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House Passes Democrats’ Sweeping Climate And Health Bill:

 
House Passes Democrats’ Sweeping Climate And Health Bill - Huffington Post
Aug 12 · Democrats gave President Joe Biden a big win for his economic and environmental agenda Friday as the House passed a sweeping bill to fight climate change, make seniors’ drugs cheaper and boost taxes on corporations.
The 220-207 party-line vote was never much in doubt. The next stop is the White House for Biden to sign it into law.
Friday’s vote marked the end of a legislative journey that started last year as Biden looked to boost social spending and deal with climate change. The bill, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, is also congressional Democrats’ capstone argument to take to voters in November to retain control of Congress.
The bill’s passage comes amid some ...
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How 40 million Australian mangroves were wiped out:

 
How 40 million Australian mangroves were wiped out - BBC
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In 2015, about 10% of Australia's vast mangrove forests in the Gulf of Carpentaria mysteriously died.
Scientists have now figured out the cause - and warn the forests may struggle to recover in a changing climate.
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How Did Fighting Climate Change Become a Partisan Issue?:

 
How Did Fighting Climate Change Become a Partisan Issue? - New Yorker
Aug 22 · In January, 2000, during the run-up to the New Hampshire primaries, Presidential candidates in the Granite State were confronted by a young man - a recent Dartmouth graduate - wearing a red cape, orange long johns, and yellow-painted galoshes. He called himself Captain Climate, and asked any candidate within shouting distance, “What’s your plan?” All the candidates ignored him, except one.
That candidate was John McCain, then the senior United States senator from Arizona. McCain went on to win New Hampshire’s Republican primary and then to lose the nomination to George W. Bush. He had been troubled enough by the shouted question that he returned to Washington that spring and ...
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How monsoon winds impact climate change by transporting pollutants into the upper atmosphere:

 
How monsoon winds impact climate change by transporting pollutants into the upper atmosphere - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · While the Asian monsoon brings rain that is vital for the agricultural economy of the vast region, it is also known to suck up into the upper atmosphere chemical pollutants that accelerate climate change. Scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of a US-led international project that seeks to confirm earlier findings published in Science that pollutants generated by human activity get transported upwards by the monsoon system and impact atmospheric chemistry and, in turn, change climate.
Atmospheric chemistry is the study of the components of planetary atmospheres, which includes the troposphere - the layer of the atmosphere closest to the Earth - the stratosphere and other ...
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How Transmission NIMBYs Cost Mainers Money:

 
How Transmission NIMBYs Cost Mainers Money - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · If we’re going to get this transition done, we’re going to have to talk about NIMBYs. Yes, I’m looking at you “greens”. Wake the eff up. You’re being played.Case in point, a recent voter referendum in Maine turned down a much needed corridor that would have supplied green energy to much of New England. It lost in part due to huge financial pressure from a dark money group funded by a utility. Much of the negative argument boils down to “not in my back yard” sentiments.
Get over it, people. We’re going to have to pull together if we’re going to land this plane.
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Ice core taken in Antarctica contains sample of atmosphere from five million years ago:

 
Ice core taken in Antarctica contains sample of atmosphere from five million years ago - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S. has successfully pulled an ice core from Antarctica's Ong Valley that contains samples of Earth's atmosphere from up to 5 million years ago. In their paper published in The Cryosphere, the researchers explain why they chose to drill in the Ong Valley and what they hope to learn from their study of the ice core. Scientists have been drilling and pulling ice cores in Antarctica for many years - the idea is to study the air bubbles that have been trapped in the ice, some of which go back millions of years, to learn more about the Earth's atmosphere back then. Until now, most such core samples have been pulled from ...    Read more ...
 

In Los Angeles, the Grass Isn’t Always Greener This Year:

 
In Los Angeles, the Grass Isn’t Always Greener This Year - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 15 · Southern California residents are beginning to accept that lush lawns are unsustainable when reservoirs and rivers run low in a drought era.
Erin Brockovich’s artificial turf next to her neighbor’s real grass.Credit...Mark Abramson for The New York Times
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Erin Brockovich made her name decades ago as an environmental activist who exposed corporate wrongdoing that polluted drinking water.
So she felt a bit defensive when a television reporter asked how her name landed on a list of water guzzlers during a dire California drought. At one point last year, she received a $1,700 bill for two months of water and fines.
Ms. Brockovich ultimately ...
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India to miss renewable energy goal, officials, experts say:

 
India to miss renewable energy goal, officials, experts say - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · India will miss its renewable energy target for the end of the year, with experts saying "multiple challenges" including a lack of financial help and taxes on imported components are stalling the clean energy industry. The country has installed just over half of its planned renewable energy capacity, a high level parliamentary report found last week.
The target, set in January 2018, would have increased India's renewable energy capacity to 43% of its current energy mix. The government now says it hopes to achieve the goal by mid-2023.
The shortfall is down to "inconsistent federal and state-level renewable energy policies, excessive custom duties on renewable energy ...
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July 2022: Earth’s 6th warmest July on record:

 
July 2022: Earth’s 6th warmest July on record - Yale Climate Connections - Weather
Aug 12 · Yale Climate Connections
July 2022 was Earth’s sixth warmest July on record since global record-keeping began in 1880, 0.87 degrees Celsius (1.57°F) above the 20th-century average, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NCEI, reported on August 12. NASA rated the month as tied for the third warmest on record, 1.12 degrees Celsius (2.02°F) above the 1880-1920 period, its best estimate for when preindustrial temperatures last occurred. The European Copernicus Climate Change Service rated July 2022 as one of the three warmest Julys on record, marginally cooler than July 2019 and marginally warmer than July 2016. Minor differences in the agencies’ rankings can ...
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Lake Michigan water levels are expected to stay well below the near-historic highs of 2020:

 
Lake Michigan water levels are expected to stay well below the near-historic highs of 2020 - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · The Great Lakes region is enjoying another year of lower water levels and wider beaches. July water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are down more than 2 feet from 2020, a year of near historic highs when waves devoured cherished stretches of sandy coastline. With the exception of Lake Ontario, the other Great Lakes are falling as well.
And over the next six months, Lake Michigan water levels are expected to remain well below 2020 levels, according to Keith Kompoltowicz, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Watershed hydrology section chief.
"There's really no perfect water level," said Kompoltowicz. "I can say that during the record highs that we ...
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Lakes Mead and Powell are at the epicenter of the biggest Western drought in history:

 
Lakes Mead and Powell are at the epicenter of the biggest Western drought in history - The Hill
Aug 11 · Christopher Kuzdas, Environmental Defense Fund
A formerly sunken boat rests on a now-dry section of lakebed at drought-stricken Lake Mead on May 10. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The American West is experiencing its driest period in human history, a megadrought that threatens health, agriculture and entire ways of life. DRIED UP is a series of stories examining the dire effects of the drought on the states most affected - as well as the solutions Americans are embracing.
Nowhere is the Southwest’s worst drought since the year 800 more evident than Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the pair of artificial Colorado River reservoirs whose plunging levels threaten major ...
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Many in US doubt their own impact on climate:

 
Many in US doubt their own impact on climate - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 15 · Americans are less concerned now about how climate change might impact them personally - and about how their personal choices affect the climate - than they were three years ago, a new poll shows, even as a wide majority still believe climate change is happening. The June Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, which was conducted before Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, shows majorities of U.S. adults think the government and corporations have a significant responsibility to address climate change. The new law will invest nearly $375 billion in climate strategies over the next decade.
Overall, 35% of U.S. adults say they are ...
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Marrying models with experiments to build more efficient solar cells:

 
Marrying models with experiments to build more efficient solar cells - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 11 · In a single day, enough sunlight strikes Earth to power the world for an entire year - that is, if we can find a way to capture that energy cheaply and efficiently. While the cost of solar energy has decreased dramatically, current silicon-based solar cells are expensive and energy-intensive to manufacture, prompting researchers to look for alternatives. Perovskite solar cells are a prime contender for the next generation of this renewable energy. These synthetic materials are cheaper and require less energy to produce but fall behind many silicon-based cells in terms of their stability and efficiency. Now, a paper published in Nature Communications from the groups of the ...    Read more ...
 

Mass crop failures expected in England as farmers demand hosepipe bans:

 
Mass crop failures expected in England as farmers demand hosepipe bans - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Leaked documents predict crop failure rates of up to 50% as water companies resist calls to prioritise food production
Experts have warned of widespread crop failures across England, as charities and farmers criticised water companies for dithering over hosepipe bans despite drought being declared across much of the country.
On Friday, the Environment Agency classified eight of the 14 areas of England as being in a drought. Despite this, water companies, including Anglian Water, Southern Water and South West Water have not brought in hosepipe bans. Thames Water said it does not plan to expedite a hosepipe ban expected next week.
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Massachusetts’ Republican governor signs far-reaching climate bill into law:

 
Massachusetts’ Republican governor signs far-reaching climate bill into law - Grist Climate and Energy
Aug 12 · Massachusetts’ Republican governor, Charlie Baker, signed a sweeping climate and energy bill into law on Thursday, approving an array of policies intended to advance the state’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
As the law’s name suggests, “An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind” includes significant provisions to boost the development of offshore wind, such as granting access to state funds. The law requires that the state’s electric utilities procure 5,600 megawatts of new offshore wind capacity by 2027, up from a former goal of 4,000 megawatts. It also removes a controversial price cap that required every new wind project to offer cheaper ...
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Matter at extreme conditions of very high temperature and pressure turns out to be remarkably simple and universal:

 
Matter at extreme conditions of very high temperature and pressure turns out to be remarkably simple and universal - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have made two discoveries about the behavior of "supercritical matter" - matter at the critical point where the differences between liquids and gases seemingly disappear. While the behavior of matter at reasonably low temperature and pressure was well understood, the picture of matter at high temperature and pressure was blurred. Above the critical point, differences between liquids and gases seemingly disappear, and the supercritical matter was thought to become hot, dense and homogeneous.
By applying two parameters - the heat capacity and the length over which waves can propagate in the system, they made two key discoveries. ...
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More dangerous heat waves are on the way: See the impact by Zip code.:

 
More dangerous heat waves are on the way: See the impact by Zip code. - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
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More evidence that California weather is trending toward extremes:

 
More evidence that California weather is trending toward extremes - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · A team led by Kristen Guirguis, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, found evidence that the risk of hazardous weather is increasing in the Southwest. The researchers investigated the daily relationships among four major modes of weather affecting California. How they interact governs the formation of weather events such as atmospheric rivers capable of bringing torrential rains and Santa Ana winds that can spread devastating wildfires.
"This study suggests that weather patterns are changing in a way that enhances hot, dry Santa Ana winds, while reducing precipitation frequency in the Southwest," said Guirguis. "These changes in ...
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More Midwest banks see opportunity to finance solar, energy efficiency projects:

 
More Midwest banks see opportunity to finance solar, energy efficiency projects - Energy News
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Smaller, regional banks and credit unions are increasingly looking to help homeowners finance solar installations in a sign of growing recognition of the opportunities in clean energy finance.
In the Midwest, Iowa-based Decorah Bank & Trust is among the latest to begin marketing loans for solar and other clean energy projects. The community bank recently relaunched a digital subsidiary ...
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NASA data, acoustic soundscapes assess health of Amazon rainforest:

 
NASA data, acoustic soundscapes assess health of Amazon rainforest - PHYS.ORG - Biology
Aug 12 · From space, parts of the Amazon rainforest that have previously been logged or burned may look fully recovered with a healthy, lush, and green canopy. They may seem to be places buzzing with activity and full of sounds. But inside the rainforest the animal life may tell a different story of damage to their environment through a quieter soundscape. Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Maryland, College Park, investigated how the acoustics of a forest can be a cost-effective indicator of its health.
Danielle Rappaport, then a doctoral student at the University of Maryland and now co-founder of the Amazon Investor ...
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New Climate Bill Goes to Biden: EV Provisions Unclear:

 
New Climate Bill Goes to Biden: EV Provisions Unclear - Climate Crocks
Aug 13 · The House made no changes to the Senate bill, in order to avoid having to bring it to another Senate vote. If there were changes, the bill would have to go through a conference process between the two houses, and each house would have to vote again. Given how narrow the Senate vote was (51-50) and the fragility of the compromise, Democrats wanted to avoid any chance of the bill failing, so passed the bill as-is.
For EV fans, this means that the current version of the bill remains – complete with its confusing implementation of new EV tax credits. We broke that down in a post earlier this week, which you should read if you are considering buying an EV soon (we tried to include ...
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New Faster Charging Hydrogen Fuel Cell Developed:

 
New Faster Charging Hydrogen Fuel Cell Developed - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Hydrogen is gaining significant attention as an efficient way to store 'green energy' from renewables such as wind and solar. Compressed gas is the most common form of hydrogen storage, however it can also be stored in a liquid or solid state.
Dr Saidul Islam, from the University of Technology Sydney, said solid hydrogen storage, and in particular metal hydride, is attracting interest because it is safer, more compact, and lower cost than compressed gas or liquid, and it can reversibly absorb and release hydrogen.
"Metal hydride hydrogen storage technology is ideal for onsite hydrogen production from renewable electrolysis. It can store the hydrogen for extended periods ...
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Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought:

 
Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 15 · Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's "very nerve-wracking" when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages an organic beef farm in Sudbury. He describes the weather lately as inconsistent and impactful, which he attributes to a changing climate.
"I don't think there is any normal anymore," Kemp said.
The impacts of climate change have been felt throughout the Northeastern U.S. with rising sea levels, heavy precipitation and storm surges causing flooding and coastal erosion. But this summer has brought another extreme: a severe ...
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NZ's first climate adaptation plan is a good start, but crucial questions about cost and timing must be answered:

 
NZ's first climate adaptation plan is a good start, but crucial questions about cost and timing must be answered - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · New Zealand's national adaptation plan, launched last week, offers the first comprehensive approach to how communities can prepare for the inevitable impacts of a changing climate. Having a plan is critical. Reactive and ad-hoc adaptation could create more problems on top of those already caused by climate change.
Based on priority risks identified in the national climate change risk assessment, the plan gives clearer direction around decision making for long-lived investments such as infrastructure and housing.
It provides more clarity for local government, for example by specifying which climate change scenario they should use when assessing risks to coastal areas from ...
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Oil residue from Deepwater Horizon spill still detectable along Louisiana coast: study:

 
Oil residue from Deepwater Horizon spill still detectable along Louisiana coast: study - The Hill
Aug 11 · Traces of oil spilled in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion remained in areas along the Gulf Coast, beyond the reach of cleanup efforts, a decade later, according to research published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.
They determined that while about 90 percent of the oil degraded, evaporated or was broken down by bacteria in the first few months following the spill, 10 percent remained as solid residue that does not dissolve in water. Much of this sank as marine snow, the term for organic material that descends to the deeper ocean from near the surface.
Meanwhile, a portion of the residue also washed up on shore. While the residue washing up on the beach ...
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Old Coal Plants Get New Life as Renewable Hubs:

 
Old Coal Plants Get New Life as Renewable Hubs - Climate Crocks
Aug 14 · I’ve posted recently about Peabody Coal’s pivot to turn degraded mine lands into solar fields. There’s more. Renewable energy heals.
Above, I spoke to Peter Schubert of Indiana University about efforts to repurpose old Indiana coal mines for energy storage.
Across the country, aging and defunct coal-burning power plants are getting new lives as solar, battery and other renewable energy projects, partly because they have a decades-old feature that has become increasingly valuable: They are already wired into the power grid.
The miles of high-tension wires and towers often needed to connect power plants to customers far and wide can be costly, time ...
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Peter D Carter on Twitter:

 
Peter D Carter on Twitter - research.noaa.gov
Aug 9 · A team of coral researchers from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Miami (UM) rescued 43 coral colonies after a sea wall collapsed at Star Island, near Miami Beach.
The NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program awarded approximately $5.9 million in Phase II SBIR grants to 12 small businesses. This seed funding will support research and development of innovative technologies in the NOAA mission space. The winning proposals represent projects across multiple research topic areas, which include Blue Economy, ‘Omics, Artificial Intelligence, Uncrewed Systems, and Citizen Science & STEM Education.
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Poland deploys troops as dead fish pile up on river bank in toxic disaster:

 
Poland deploys troops as dead fish pile up on river bank in toxic disaster - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 13 · Vast amounts of chemical waste were probably dumped into a river on the Polish-German border, Poland’s prime minister said Friday, killing tons of fish and creating an ecological disaster that could take years to clean up.
Authorities said 150 Polish troops have been deployed to the 522-mile-long Oder River, which flows through Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic, to launch a cleanup operation. The chemical spill was likely intentional, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on a podcast Friday.
“It is likely that enormous amounts of chemical waste have been dumped into the Oder River, and this was done with full awareness of the risks and consequences,” Morawiecki ...
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Prediction of Human Movement During Disasters to Allow for More Effective Emergency Response:

 
Prediction of Human Movement During Disasters to Allow for More Effective Emergency Response - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · The COVID-19 pandemic, bigger and more frequent wildfires, devastating floods, and powerful storms have become unfortunate facts of life. With each disaster, people depend on the emergency response of governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector for aid when their lives are upended. However, a complicating factor in delivering that aid is that people tend to disperse with such disasters.
"Despite many possible variables, we found that changes in human mobility behavior during various extreme events exhibit a consistent hyperbolic decline," said Gao. "We call it 'spatiotemporal decay.'"
Typically, people's movements follow predictable patterns. When an ...
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Rain brings relief to France fires, but more evacuated in south:

 
Rain brings relief to France fires, but more evacuated in south - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 14 · A forest fire that flared anew in southern France sent 1,000 more people fleeing while overnight rain brought blazes elsewhere in the country under control, officials said on Sunday. France has been buffeted this summer by a historic drought as well as a series of heatwaves and several forest fires.
A fire that had been raging since Monday in the southern Aveyron region appeared to be under control and dying out on Saturday afternoon when it suddenly reignited in a "virulent" manner, gobbling up 500 more hectares (1,235 acres), the prefecture said.
At least 1,000 people were evacuated from the village of Mostuejols near the city of Millau and six nearby hamlets, it said.
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Rare purple heron photographed at nature reserve:

 
Rare purple heron photographed at nature reserve - BBC
Aug 14 · A rare purple heron has been spotted by a birdwatcher at a Derbyshire nature reserve.
Ian Elliott said he was "chuffed to bits" to see the juvenile bird at Willington Wetlands on Thursday evening.
The RSPB said purple herons were usually sighted in southern Europe and some parts of northern Africa.
The local wildlife trust said it was only the eighth time a purple heron had been recorded in the county.
Mr Elliott - a keen birdwatcher - said he had never even heard of a purple heron until last week.
He said there had been a few reported sightings of one at Willington Wetlands so he went to have a look.
"I just sat up for four or five hours - I was ...
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Reducing the environmental impact of global health aid is essential, expert says:

 
Reducing the environmental impact of global health aid is essential, expert says - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · No estimates currently exist for the environmental footprint generated by global health practices, but it generates substantial emissions through models of care, transport, procurement, waste generation, and infrastructure energy and water use.
Dr. Pratt said the delivery of health services to low and middle-income countries should be more sustainable to reduce the impact of climate change.
"We are in the midst of a crisis of climate change and environmental degradation that will only get worse, unless significant changes are rapidly made," Dr. Pratt said.
"Sustainable health care has emerged as a way for health care sectors in affluent countries to help mitigate ...
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Renowned Physicist Fiekowsky on How to Stem the Tide of Climate Change Now:

 
Renowned Physicist Fiekowsky on How to Stem the Tide of Climate Change Now - Climate Engineering (Lockley - Playlist)
Aug 9 · Peter Fiekowsky, founder and Chairman Emeritus at the Foundation for Climate Restoration, details the critical technologies we need to implement in order to sustain the human race.\n --------\nFollow Bloomberg for business news \u0026 analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com\nConnect with us on...\nTwitter: https://twitter.com/business\nFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness\nInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/ | By Bloomberg Markets and Finance    Read more ...
 

Retailers and the Food Waste Fight: The Journey Continues:

 
Retailers and the Food Waste Fight: The Journey Continues - Sustainable Brands
Aug 11 · Between new approaches to labeling, innovative coatings, redistribution and data-driven solutions, retailers across the Western world continue to fight the good fight against food waste.
In its 2020 Drawdown Review, Project Drawdown cited food-waste reduction as the #1 solution in a list of 80+ solutions for combating climate change. Both governments and the business community have mobilized in recent years to make sure the roughly 40 percent of food we waste per year (in the US alone) gets put to use - with multi-pronged efforts to eliminate wastage throughout the supply chain, from farm to factory to fork - and angles from which to approach the problem are endless. Here, ...
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Revealing the salty secrets of the biggest environmental shift since dinosaurs:

 
Revealing the salty secrets of the biggest environmental shift since dinosaurs - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · A new Nature Geoscience study from The Australian National University (ANU) offers further clues about what happened to the Mediterranean during a tumultuous period that likely included the most catastrophic flooding event in Earth's recorded history. The Zanclean megaflood happened around 5 million years ago following the collapse of the Gibraltar sill, or flood gate, which reconnected the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Global sea-levels dropped by 10 meters as the Mediterranean filled up and was converted back into a lively ocean basin.
Lead author, Ph.D. researcher Udara Amarathunga, said the flood is known as the most abrupt global-scale environmental shift ...
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Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters':

 
Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters' - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 13 · Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from Delhi and Mumbai in India, Lahore in Pakistan and Buenos Aires in Argentina and identified specific locations in each city that persistently emit high methane levels, all of which were landfills. The cities' overall methane emissions from all sources were 1.4 to 2.6 times higher than previous estimates.
The study, published in Science Advances on Wednesday, is aimed at helping local governments carry out targeted efforts to limit global ...
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Sea Urchin's Secret to Surviving Marine Heatwaves:

 
Sea Urchin's Secret to Surviving Marine Heatwaves - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Global ocean temperatures are increasing due to climate change, exposing ecosystems to extreme temperatures called marine heatwaves (MHWs), which can increase the temperature of marine waters by 5°C higher than normal in summer. MHWs can last several months and cause devastating effects on marine organisms.
Dr Bayden D. RUSSELL from The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) and The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), along with his research group, in collaboration with Dr Maria BYRNE, from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, The University of Sydney (USyd), experimentally assessed whether adult sea urchins (Heliocidaris ...
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Seascape: the state of our oceans:

 
Seascape: the state of our oceans - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Continuing a Guardian series on remarkable deep-sea species: a variety of yeti crab that lives by hot vents
In 2005, scientists exploring more than a mile underwater south of Easter Island in the south Pacific, found odd-looking white crabs with long, hairy arms. They named them yeti crabs.
Several years later, in 2010, onboard a research ship in the Southern Ocean, surrounded by icebergs, fin whales and penguins, another science team contemplated the deep-sea crabs they had just found 2,500 metres beneath the surface. These were a variety of yeti crab, ranging from thumbnail- to fist-sized, but rather than having hairy arms they had luxuriant hairy chests.
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Sinema's last-minute push on Democrats' climate bill added $4 billion to combat Western drought:

 
Sinema's last-minute push on Democrats' climate bill added $4 billion to combat Western drought - Los Angeles Times
Aug 11 · When Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer landed a surprise agreement on a healthcare, climate and tax bill last month, all but one Senate Democrat accepted the deal rather than risk collapse with further negotiation.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the inscrutable Arizona Democrat who has at times voted against her party’s demands, staked her vote on two changes. Most attention focused on her push to eliminate a proposed tax on wealthy investors.
But Sinema’s last-minute efforts also added $4 billion to address the water crisis along the Colorado River as the region endures its most intense drought in centuries, a 23-year run of extreme dryness ...
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Soil healing and olive growing: how UK farms are coping with looming drought:

 
Soil healing and olive growing: how UK farms are coping with looming drought - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Some farmers are attempting to mitigate worst effects of dry weather by adopting nature-friendly methods
Across the UK, farmers are looking at the sky and begging for rain.
Some areas of southern England, where much of the country’s food is grown, have not had any significant rainfall since June. This has put huge pressure on this year’s harvest but things next year could be even worse. The soil in much of the country is too dry to drill, and many crops for harvest later this year and next year need to be drilled by the end of October to be viable.
Livestock are being fed winter stocks of hay now, because the grass has dried up and there is nothing for them to eat ...
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States Will Decide How Much Democrats’ Historic Climate Deal Actually Cuts Emissions:

 
States Will Decide How Much Democrats’ Historic Climate Deal Actually Cuts Emissions - Huffington Post
Aug 13 · Democrats’ deal to spend billions on clean energy tax credits could spur development of enough carbon-cutting infrastructure to slash planet-heating emissions in the world’s largest economy by 40%, putting the United States’ climate goal in reach.
But states will ultimately decide how quickly and how much of the Inflation Reduction Act actually ends up reducing emissions.
Should a power plant owner build a gas-fired plant with carbon capture technology or go with renewables? Public service commissioners and regional grid operators will decide. Key permitting requirements? Various state regulatory agencies are in charge there. Can transmission lines or pipelines pass ...
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Stormwater Management Ponds May Not Hold the Solution for Depleting Wetlands:

 
Stormwater Management Ponds May Not Hold the Solution for Depleting Wetlands - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Relying on stormwater management (SWM) ponds to restore the depleting wetlands is not sustainable and lacks the critical ecosystem services vital for biodiversity, a new study found.
With the continued losses of wetlands projected in the near future and emphasis on the underestimation of provincial wetland loss, the study captures the contributions of SWM ponds in a changing network of water bodies and the effects of land use and land cover in this change.
Waterloo researchers led by Waverley Birch examined wetland loss, SWM pond creation and land use-based trends in seven southern Ontario municipalities within the most populated ecozones in Canada from 2002 to 2010 ...
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Sunsets, a supermoon and a meteor shower:

 
Sunsets, a supermoon and a meteor shower - BBC
Aug 12 · This video can not be played
The unusual weather this week has not been limited to just sunshine.
BBC Newsline had a number of viewers who sent in pictures and they all came from a remarkable night of stargazing on Thursday night.
As well as beautiful sunsets some stunning pictures of the supermoon, also known as the Sturgeon Moon were sent in.
A supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs when the Moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to earth.
A picture taken of the skies over Omagh showed a stunning picture of the Perseid meteor shower.
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Taking action on climate change requires coming together:

 
Taking action on climate change requires coming together - Yesmagazine
Aug 11 · Opinion Advocates for ideas and draws conclusions based on the author/producer’s interpretation of facts and data.
In his message launching the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 4, 2022, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres offered the following chilling observation:
“Climate scientists warn that we are already perilously close to tipping points that could lead to cascading and irreversible climate impacts.
But high emitting governments and corporations are not just turning a blind eye; they are adding fuel to the flames.
They are choking our planet, based on their vested interests and historic investments in ...
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Thawing Arctic Hillsides Are Major Climate Change Contributors:

 
Thawing Arctic Hillsides Are Major Climate Change Contributors - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · Thawing Arctic hillsides release a significant amount of organic carbon that has been locked in frozen ground for thousands of years but which now can contribute to an already warming climate, according to new research.
The finding comes from the study of hillsides in a far north region of Russia, where the researchers also found a significant and rapid increase of collapsed hillsides. The collapses feature landslides that gradually expose more of the permafrost for thawing -- and more carbon for release.
Global climate models don't account for the once-frozen carbon set free by these collapsing hillsides. The researchers say that needs to change.
The findings were ...
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The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds:

 
The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds - National Public Radio
Aug 11 · Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the Arctic Circle hit a new record above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July 2020. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the planet as a whole since 1979, a new study finds. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption
Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the Arctic Circle hit a new record above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July 2020. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the planet as a whole since 1979, a new study finds.
The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the Earth as a whole, according to new research. The findings are a reminder that the people, plants and animals in polar regions are ...
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The Arctic is Warming 4x as Fast as the Rest of the Planet:

 
The Arctic is Warming 4x as Fast as the Rest of the Planet - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · 10 years ago we thought the arctic was warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Then we decided it was 3x. Nope. Four times as fast.
Nature:
In recent decades, the warming in the Arctic has been much faster than in the rest of the world, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification. Numerous studies report that the Arctic is warming either twice, more than twice, or even three times as fast as the globe on average. Here we show, by using several observational datasets which cover the Arctic region, that during the last 43 years the Arctic has been warming nearly four times faster than the globe, which is a higher ratio than generally reported in literature. We ...
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The Arctic Is Warming Four Times Faster Than the Rest of the Planet:

 
The Arctic Is Warming Four Times Faster Than the Rest of the Planet - Scientific American - Climate
Aug 12 · Digital & 4-Year Archive
One study after another is coming to the same conclusion: the Arctic is heating up much faster than earlier research suggested
CLIMATEWIRE | One study after another is coming to the same conclusion about the rapidly warming Arctic: It’s heating up a lot faster than earlier research suggested.
The latest figures indicate that the planet’s northernmost region is warming a whopping four times faster than the Earth as a whole.
Scientists have known for years that the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the planet, a phenomenon known as “Arctic amplification.” But until recently, both scientific papers and ...
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The climate bill isn't perfect, but it's still a major victory:

 
The climate bill isn't perfect, but it's still a major victory - New York Times
Aug 11 · Ms. Freeman is a professor at Harvard Law School, where she teaches environmental and administrative law. She was counselor for energy and climate change in the Obama White House in 2009 and 2010 and advised the Biden transition team.
This essay has been updated to reflect news developments.In an ideal world, the climate provisions approved by Congress this week as part of the Inflation Reduction Act would directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and discourage the use of fossil fuels.
But with Congress so closely divided, that’s not the world we live in. So even though there may be better ways to slow the warming of the planet than the legislation that just squeaked ...
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The collapsing clean-energy transition:

 
The collapsing clean-energy transition - Prospect
Aug 11 · Mixing up renewable energy project siting with fossil fuels production on public lands is environmental backsliding of the finest kind.
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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland addresses a crowd during a celebration at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico, November 22, 2021.
In March, the Bureau of Land Management submitted its fiscal year 2021 report on “Public Land Renewable Energy” to Congress extolling the Biden administration’s goal to site 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal energy on public lands. Public lands, the report noted, have a unique role to play in meeting the administration’s goal of a carbon-free sector by ...
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The Coming California Megastorm:

 
The Coming California Megastorm - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 12 · California, where earthquakes, droughts and wildfires have shaped life for generations, also faces the growing threat of another kind of calamity, one whose fury would be felt across the entire state.
This one will come from the sky.
According to new research, it will very likely take shape one winter in the Pacific, near Hawaii. No one knows exactly when, but from the vast expanse of tropical air around the Equator, atmospheric currents will pluck out a long tendril of water vapor and funnel it toward the West Coast.
This vapor plume will be enormous, hundreds of miles wide and more than 1,200 miles long, and seething with ferocious winds. It will be carrying so ...
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The cost of climate action:

 
The cost of climate action - The Hill
Aug 11 · Climate change is often described as a “wicked problem.” That’s because there is no simple, or easy, solution. As Democrats and environmental activists celebrate the Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, they should be realistic about the bill’s benefits and cautious regarding its effect on future climate legislation.
After passing the Senate on Sunday with a 51-50 party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House is expected to send the Inflation Reduction Act to President Biden’s desk later this week. If signed into law, the bill’s $369 billion in climate and energy provisions would make it the largest climate investment in U.S. history. Experts believe it ...
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The cost of green energy: The nation's biggest lithium mine may be going up on a site sacred to Native Americans:

 
The cost of green energy: The nation's biggest lithium mine may be going up on a site sacred to Native Americans - NBC News
Aug 11 · The huge project on public land, approved by the Trump administration in its final days, has sparked an outcry and a lawsuit, but opposition among Native Americans is not unanimous.
Shahrzad Elghanayan; Dan Koeck / NBC News; Getty Images
Thacker Pass, a remote valley in the high desert of northern Nevada, will always be sacred for Gary McKinney of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. He often visits to honor ancestors said to be killed here by U.S. soldiers in 1865.
“It’s been a gathering place for our people,” said McKinney, who lives on the Duck Valley Reservation, 100 miles to the east.
McKinney and others are now fighting a new battle over an open-pit mine planned ...
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The Guardian view on Biden’s green deal: leadership after Trump’s denialism:

 
The Guardian view on Biden’s green deal: leadership after Trump’s denialism - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · The first major climate law passed in the US comes not a moment too soon for a burning planet
When the House of Representatives passed landmark climate legislation on Friday, Joe Biden chalked up one of the surprise successes of his presidency. Only last month his ambitious agenda appeared sunk after a conservative Democrat and coal baron, Joe Manchin, refused to back it. His vote is crucial in an evenly divided Senate. However, the climate proposals were largely resurrected in the form of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), co-authored by Mr Manchin, which Congress approved.
The first major US climate law comes not a moment too soon. It is the country’s best and last ...
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The place with the most lithium is blowing the electric-car revolution:

 
The place with the most lithium is blowing the electric-car revolution - Wall Street Journal
Aug 10 · SALAR DE ATACAMA, Chile - Hailed as the Saudi Arabia of lithium, this California-sized chunk of terrain accounts for some 55% of the world’s known deposits of the metal, a key component in electric-vehicle batteries.
As the Chinese EV giant BYD Co. recently learned, tapping into that resource can be a challenge. Earlier this year, after BYD won a government contract to mine lithium, indigenous residents took to the streets, demanding the tender be canceled over concerns about the impact on local water supplies. In June, the Chilean Supreme Court threw out the award, saying the government failed to consult with indigenous people first.
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The science of drought explained in pictures:

 
The science of drought explained in pictures - BBC
Aug 12 · From all the pictures of parched fields, dusty soil and dried-up reservoirs, it might appear obvious there's a drought.
But from a scientific point of view, it's more complicated than that.
There's no one definition of drought - it's different depending on whether you look at weather, agriculture or water flow in rivers and streams.
And when it comes to declaring an "official" drought, government agencies look at how the long dry spell is affecting food production, water supplies and the environment.
That includes how much rivers and streams are shrinking, which puts wildlife and water supplies at risk. They also look at threats to crops ...
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The Sunday Read: 'How One Restaurateur Transformed America’s Energy Industry’:

 
The Sunday Read: 'How One Restaurateur Transformed America’s Energy Industry’ - New York Times - Climate Section
Aug 14 · Written by Jake Bittle
Produced by Jack D’Isidoro and Aaron Esposito
Original music by Aaron Esposito
Engineered by Marion Lozano and Ted Blaisdell
It was a long-shot bet on liquid natural gas, but it paid off handsomely - and turned the United States into a leading fossil-fuel exporter.
The journalist Jake Bittle delves into the storied career of Charif Souki, the Lebanese American entrepreneur whose aptitude for risk changed the course of the American energy business.
The article outlines how Mr. Souki rose from being a Los Angeles restaurant owner to becoming the co-founder and chief executive of Cheniere Energy, an oil and gas company that ...
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The surprising political shifts that led to the climate bill’s passage:

 
The surprising political shifts that led to the climate bill’s passage - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 13 · The world has changed dramatically since the last time Congress considered climate legislation.
Last time it sought to cap greenhouse gas emissions and the fossil fuel industry fought back hard. Not this time.
Last time some Republicans supported the measure, harking back to an era when environmental protection was not so polarizing. Not this time.
On Friday, a dozen years after a sprawling climate bill passed the House but failed to move ahead in the Senate, Democrats successfully muscled the United States’ most ambitious climate change proposal ever past Congress, sending it to President Biden for his signature.
The bill’s success shows how the politics of ...
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The US Climate Bill Could Make Now the Best Time to Go Solar:

 
The US Climate Bill Could Make Now the Best Time to Go Solar - volts.wtf
Aug 3 · As Volts listeners are no doubt aware, Senator Joe Manchin - Our Lord and Savior, blessed be His name - seems to have found his way to an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on a reconciliation bill. The 700 page Inflation Reduction Act would raise some taxes, reduce some drug prices, and subsidize some healthcare exchanges, but most notably, it would invest almost $370 billion into clean energy and climate change mitigation.
Make no mistake: if it passes, this bill will be a very big deal. Though it has shrunk from $550 billion to $370 billion, the original climate and energy package in the House-passed Build Back Better bill is still visible in the IRA, if ...
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The US is making a big down payment on climate change. Here's what needs to come next:

 
The US is making a big down payment on climate change. Here's what needs to come next - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · With the U.S. House expected to pass the most consequential climate change legislation in the nation's history on Friday, environmentalists and advocates are chilling the champagne for a surprise victory. Just a month ago, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 appeared doomed after an apparent breakdown in Senate negotiations. But an unexpected deal emerged, prompting a party-line vote Sunday that promised $369 billion for incentives to move the nation away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources while putting more drivers in electric cars and making more homes energy efficient.
Expert analysis projects the measures will get the U.S. most of the way toward a goal ...
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This Is A Very Good Deal For The Climate:

 
This Is A Very Good Deal For The Climate - foodandwaterwatch
Aug 10 · Fight like you live here.
The media coverage on the Inflation Reduction Act touts its 42% emissions reductions, but we dove into the math and it just doesn’t add up.
Climate and Energy
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) takes aim at a lot of things over the next decade - everything from prescription drug prices to corporate tax rates. For climate advocates, the headlining claim is this: the IRA would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 42%.
But that target isn’t actually in the bill. In fact, there are no emissions targets in the bill at all. Instead, this legislation relies on carrots (money to nudge private markets in the right direction) over sticks ...
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This is the Way the World Ends:

 
This is the Way the World Ends - Climate Crocks
Aug 12 · Florida’s sea turtles are grappling with a gender imbalance made worse by climate change. Recent heat waves have caused the sand on some beaches to get so hot that nearly every turtle born was female.
“The frightening thing is the last four summers in Florida have been the hottest summers on record,” said Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, a city in the Florida Keys, a string of tropical islands stretching from the southern end of the state.
“Scientists that are studying sea turtle hatchlings and eggs have found no boy sea turtles, so only female sea turtles for the past four years,” Zirkelbach said, whose turtle ...
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Thousands without water as taps run dry in drought due to 'technical issues' | ITV News:

 
Thousands without water as taps run dry in drought due to 'technical issues' | ITV News - Guardian - Energy
Aug 1 · If the UK is to survive the worst impacts of climate change, it will need robust infrastructure to protect its citizens from the meteorological threats that lie ahead. By every scientific estimate, our hothouse future is going to be one of increasingly unpleasant extremes: more intense heatwaves, rising summer temperatures, more violent storms, rising sea levels – and, of course, worsening droughts. These impacts are baked into the future, scientists have repeatedly warned us. Thanks to the huge amounts of greenhouse gases we have already pumped into the atmosphere, we have no way of avoiding these changes. We can only try to cope with them.
Our response to the current severe ...
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Thunderstorms set to follow heatwave in Wales:

 
Thunderstorms set to follow heatwave in Wales - BBC
Aug 12 · Heavy rain and thunderstorms are set to hit Wales on Monday, forecasters have warned.
A yellow weather warning is in place from 06:00 BST until 23:59 on Monday, and covers all of Wales.
The Met Office warned up to 30mm (1.2 inches) of rain could fall in an hour, with up to 50mm in two to three hours.
Heavy thunderstorms are likely to develop late morning and into the afternoon, easing from the west later on.
The Met Office warned hail and "frequent lightning" are also possible and said the heavy rain could lead to flooding and cause power cuts.
All 22 local authority areas in Wales are covered by the warning.
The warning comes after an official ...
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Tonnes of fish found dead in German-Polish river:

 
Tonnes of fish found dead in German-Polish river - BBC
Aug 13 · This video can not be played
Tonnes of dead fish have been found in the Oder river on the Germany-Poland border since late July.
Authorities have been investigating and both countries believe a toxic substance is to blame - but have not yet identified it.
Tonnes of fish found dead in German-Polish river. Video, 00:00:41Tonnes of fish found dead in German-Polish river
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Dead fish mystery in Lebanese lake. Video, 00:01:49Dead fish mystery in Lebanese lake
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Tweaking Turbine Angles Squeezes More Power out of Wind Farms:

 
Tweaking Turbine Angles Squeezes More Power out of Wind Farms - Science Daily - Earth and Climate
Aug 22 · A new control algorithm for wind farms that alters how individual turbines are oriented into the wind promises to boost farms' overall efficiency and energy output by optimizing how they deal with their turbulent wake.
The algorithm, which was tested at a commercial wind farm in India but could be employed anywhere, offers the potential for an immediate, no-cost improvement in existing wind farms. It also may enable wind farms to be constructed in tighter quarters, thus squeezing more power out of less real estate -- mitigating a huge con of wind energy.
Collectively, wind farms generate about 380 billion kilowatt-hours each year in the United States. If every U.S. wind ...
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UK fuel exports to Netherlands up by 67% in June, data shows:

 
UK fuel exports to Netherlands up by 67% in June, data shows - Guardian - Energy
Aug 1 · HMRC figures come as Europe rushes to bank supplies for winter in absence of Russian pipeline
Energy exports from the UK to the Netherlands rocketed by 67% in June, official figures reveal, in the latest sign of Europe’s scramble to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas.
British exports of fossil fuels more than doubled in value in June compared with the same period last year, the latest trading data from HMRC shows.
More than £1bn of that went to the Netherlands, home to some of the continent’s biggest gas storage facilities.
The figures come as countries across Europe rush to bank energy supplies for the winter as Russia restricts flows of gas via ...
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UK heatwave: easy ways to save water during a drought:

 
UK heatwave: easy ways to save water during a drought - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Making small changes, such as spotting leaks early and showering less, can make a big difference
After weeks without rain, the grass is parched, the ground is cracked and a drought has officially been declared across eight areas of England. Water companies are expected to impose restrictions but what more can individuals do to curb water use?
How much water should I use?
According to the World Health Organization, people need to use at least 20 litres of water a day for basic hygiene, and 50-100 litres should cover basic needs and prevent health problems from poor sanitation.
Average consumption in England and Wales is slightly above. This used to average ...
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UK heatwave: wildfires break out across England – video:

 
UK heatwave: wildfires break out across England – video - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · As parts of England officially enter drought, wildfires are smouldering across the country. Footage posted to social media showed smoke billowing over Hollow ponds, near Leytonstone in east London. Videos also showed a fire burning on the side of the A30 in Cornwall, and smoke drifting above Poole harbour from a fire on Studland heath.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service recorded a dust devil that formed in a Suffolk field in the aftermath of an extinguished fire
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UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – live:

 
UK weather: extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales as near 500% increase in wildfires reported – live - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says it has seen a 'massive’ rise in wildfires compared to last year
Live feed
Near 500% increase in fires compared to 2021, says fire service
Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says there has been a near 500% increase in wildfires during the first 10 days of August this year compared with 2021.
Jason Moncrieff, area manager for the service, told the BBC’s Today programme:
It is a massive difference. The first 10 days of August this year versus last year there were 492% more of these types of fires. So that’s field fires, grass fires, heathland fires – all those sorts of fires in the open, a 492% increase this ...
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UN member states meet in New York to hammer out high seas treaty:

 
UN member states meet in New York to hammer out high seas treaty - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · World leaders urged to agree treaty to protect marine life after groups say planet’s last wilderness treated 'recklessly’
UN member states will gather in New York to hammer out a long-awaited treaty that, if agreed, will govern the planet’s last, lawless wilderness: the high seas.
Two hundred nautical miles beyond the territorial waters and jurisdiction of nations, the high seas have been treated “recklessly”, according to environmental groups.
Warning that the outcome of the talks – which run from Monday until 26 August, will determine the fate of the ocean for generations, they are urging world leaders to agree to an ambitious, legally binding treaty to protect ...
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UN resuming talks on high-seas treaty amid growing concerns:

 
UN resuming talks on high-seas treaty amid growing concerns - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 15 · After four inconclusive sessions, UN member states on Monday resume talks aimed at finally completing a treaty to protect the world's high seas, a vital yet fragile resource that covers nearly half the planet. A host of NGOs and affected countries say the pact is urgently needed to improve environmental stewardship over the vast, yet largely unregulated, area as it faces growing challenges.
But the COVID-19 pandemic slowed negotiations for two years, and a session in March that was supposed to have been conclusive made progress but ran out of time.
The new round of talks opening Monday is set to run through August 26 at United Nations headquarters in New ...
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Using nature and data to weather coastal storms:

 
Using nature and data to weather coastal storms - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 12 · Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sometimes with tragic consequences. Europe's coastal cities are preparing to meet the challenges with help from nature and data from outer space. As the people of La Faute-Sur-Mer - a small French coastal town in the Vendée north of La Rochelle - tucked into bed on the night of 27 February 2010, a violent storm was raging out at sea.
Swirling, cyclonic winds, high waves and heavy rain blown up across the Bay of Biscay combined with a high spring tide to wreak havoc as it battered the coastline of western France. Residents awoke to a scene of utter devastation.
Perched perilously between the Atlantic Ocean on ...
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Vanuatu, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries, launches ambitious climate plan:

 
Vanuatu, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries, launches ambitious climate plan - Guardian - Climate Change
Aug 1 · The Pacific country has committed to 100% renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030
The Pacific country of Vanuatu has launched one of the world’s most ambitious climate policies, committing to 100% renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030 and ambitious targets on loss and damage.
The announcement signals yet another instance of the small island state making its mark in international climate efforts.
At last year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow, all countries were urged to “revisit and strengthen” their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) on climate action by the end of 2022. Vanuatu is one of just 12 countries to have done so, and its ...
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Vertical farming could end some food imports:

 
Vertical farming could end some food imports - BBC
Aug 12 · The Jones Food Company runs vertical farms which grow produce in giant warehouses underneath LED lights all run with renewable energy.
The firm has opened a research centre in Bristol to discover more foods suitable for vertical farming.
The eco-friendly business is also about to open the largest vertical farm in the UK in Gloucester.
Vertical farming saves space and the firm says it uses 95% less water and saves on carbon emissions with produce not having to be flown around the world.
It also yields a high amount of produce in a short time.
James Lloyd Jones, CEO and founder, explained his company uses renewable energy to power the farms to keep it as ...
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Videos show Las Vegas casinos flooding for second time in two weeks:

 
Videos show Las Vegas casinos flooding for second time in two weeks - Washington Post - Climate and Environment
Aug 12 · Water crashed through the ceilings of some of Las Vegas’s famous casinos Thursday night as torrential rain flooded the sites for the second time in as many weeks, contributing to an unusually wet monsoon season for the desert city.
Videos shared on social media showed water entering Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood on the Strip amid a thunderstorm that swept into the area from the north around 8 p.m. local time. On July 28, the city was deluged by another storm that unleashed damaging winds and sent water rushing into casinos.
Inside the Caesars hotel and casino, rain fell through the ceiling onto the heads of diners in a restaurant.
Meanwhile, water pounded ...
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We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities:

 
We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities - Washington Post
Aug 11 · Extreme heat is deadly for humans and not great for infrastructure, either.
Most of the mechanical, electrical and architectural systems we count on every day were built to handle what the climate has always been, not what it is rapidly becoming.
That means, for instance, that Norwegian runways, Seattle streets and London bridges handle wind, rain and cold just fine, but a triple-digit heat wave? Not so much.
This project illustrates some of what can happen when unprecedented heat settles over a built environment that isn’t ready for it. Each of these things has happened somewhere, or in many places, around the world, but we’re putting them all in one ...
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We used to force oil companies to clean up their messes:

 
We used to force oil companies to clean up their messes - The Hill
Aug 11 · The Senate passed a bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, addressing climate change on Sunday. Less than two weeks before this, the largest U.S.-based oil companies announced record profits and increased share buybacks. Given that the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from burning oil and gas, you might expect this bill to force these companies to use their record profits to address the emissions that result from their highly profitable products. You would be wrong.
The legislation - indeed, a landmark step in the right direction - provides incentives and tax credits supporting clean energy investments and makes available additional funds to support carbon capture ...
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What Scientists Say about the Historic Climate Bill:

 
What Scientists Say about the Historic Climate Bill - Scientific American - Climate
Aug 12 · Digital & 4-Year Archive
Climate experts praise the Inflation Reduction Act for focusing on emissions, clean energy and environmental justice but caution that much work remains
On a sultry June day, climate scientist James Hansen testified in front of a committee of the U.S. Senate, telling those assembled that “the greenhouse effect has been detected, and it is changing our climate now.“ That was in 1988.
Now, more than three decades later, Congress is poised to pass the first major climate legislation in U.S. history as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The bill, which has passed in the Senate, directs billions of dollars into ...
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Wildfires could release radioactive particles from nuclear sites:

 
Wildfires could release radioactive particles from nuclear sites - Yale Climate Connections - Security
Aug 12 · Yale Climate Connections
Nuclear disasters can release widespread, dangerous radioactive fallout. Research facilities and nuclear weapons tests can also leave behind varying levels of radioactive particles in soil and plants.
Christine Eriksen of ETH Zürich warns that at some sites, wildfires could later release those particles into the air.
“Locally, in the area of the fire and where the smoke travels to, the particles will travel with that,” Eriksen says.
She says global warming and changing land use are increasing the threat of wildfires near many nuclear sites.
“We’re seeing more wildfires in areas that are either bordering onto or actually are ...
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Wind, hydrogen, no demolitions: how next PM can put UK on net zero path:

 
Wind, hydrogen, no demolitions: how next PM can put UK on net zero path - Guardian - Energy
Aug 1 · Boris Johnson’s plans are behind schedule and the CBI says Britain is falling behind Europe and the US
There is little mention of Boris Johnson’s “green industrial revolution” on the campaign trail of the two Conservative party leadership candidates.
Maybe it’s not surprising when Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are focused on formulating plans to deal with the more immediate energy crisis. That said, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are pressing ahead with announcing the investments they would make to achieve net zero by 2050.
A new prime minister could do worse than crack on with some of the plans in Johnson’s 10-point programme, announced to great fanfare in 2020. The ...
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Work on recycling energy using piezoelectric fiber finds solutions in the shapes of flowers and stems of plants:

 
Work on recycling energy using piezoelectric fiber finds solutions in the shapes of flowers and stems of plants - PHYS.ORG - Technology
Aug 12 · Also, the team confirmed the correlation between the specific surface area and the piezoelectric effect according to the shape of the fiber using a high-speed camera. The piezoceramic PVDF composite fiber generates an electrical signal according to the deformation by an external force. PVDF fibers containing barium titanate nanostructures in different shapes (spherical and stick shapes) were produced to investigate the difference in piezoelectric performance depending on the shape of piezoelectric ceramics. The team confirmed that it maximizes the dielectric polarization and contributes to the improvement of the piezoelectric performance favorable to the arrangement.    Read more ...
 

World leaders meet in attempt to protect oceans:

 
World leaders meet in attempt to protect oceans - BBC
Aug 14 · World leaders will meet at the UN in New York later for more talks to save the world's oceans from overexploitation.
The UN High Seas Treaty has been through 10 years of negotiations but has yet to be signed.
If agreed, it would put 30% of the world's oceans into conservation areas by 2030.
Campaigners hope it will protect marine life from overfishing and other human activities.
Two-thirds of the world's oceans are currently considered international waters, which mean all countries have a right to fish, ship and do research there. But only 1.2% of these high seas, as they are referred to, are protected.
This leaves the marine life living ...
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World's biggest ice sheet could cause massive sea rise without action: study:

 
World's biggest ice sheet could cause massive sea rise without action: study - PHYS.ORG - Earth
Aug 13 · The world's biggest ice sheet could cause "several meters" of sea-level rise over centuries if the global temperature rises more than 2°C, according to a British study published Wednesday. Researchers at Durham University concluded that if global greenhouse emissions remain high, the melting East Antarctica Ice Sheet (EAIS) could cause nearly half a meter of sea-level rise by 2100. Their analysis was published in the scientific journal Nature.
If emissions remain high beyond that, the EAIS could contribute around one to three meters to global sea levels by 2300, and two to five meters by 2500, they said.
However, if emissions were dramatically reduced, EAIS could ...
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Yes, Beach Cleanups Still Play an Important Role in Ocean Restoration:

 
Yes, Beach Cleanups Still Play an Important Role in Ocean Restoration - Sustainable Brands
Aug 12 · The overall puzzle of ocean restoration is complex; but to Dow, it is clear that organized cleanups are one of the most important pieces - because they can create a spark that will ignite the type of passion it takes to drive change.
Many sustainability-interested individuals know about the benefits of beach cleanups when it comes to intercepting waste before it reaches waterways, but have you considered what happens after the trash is collected and the volunteers head home for the day? The initial impact starts a ripple effect that makes big waves in the fight for cleaner waterways.
A study published in SAGE showed that beach cleanups are associated with positive moods, ...
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