Environment

Electricity operators must wake up to climate change — or brace for summer outages

Summer may still be a month away, but electric system operators are already feeling the heat. With above-average temperatures forecast for much of the US in coming months, system operators are facing the prospect of high electricity demand and reduced supply, which will make it difficult to keep the lights on. System operators should have …

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Hawaii Startup Just Launched World’s First Ocean-Assisted Carbon Removal Plant

Heimdal A company in middle of the Pacific has created a unique system that takes advantage of existing infrastructure to pull carbon from the ocean. The advantage of taking carbon out of the ocean is simple—it holds more carbon in less space than in the air. Furthermore, plenty of machinery already pulls water out of …

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The Brazilian Amazon has been a net carbon emitter since 2016

Rapid deforestation outweighs carbon capture by remaining trees If rainforests were Earth’s respiratory system, the Amazon would be a full lung. The region holds half of the tropics’ undisturbed forests. Its flora absorbs 1.5bn tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, equivalent to 4% of emissions from fossil fuels. This lung is being deforested at …

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The Department of Energy to dole out $3.5 billion for carbon removal hubs

The Department of Energy (DOE) just launched a new $3.5 billion program to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it away. The program focuses on developing four “hubs” across the country focused on direct air capture, the technology that draws CO2 out of the air. Each of the hubs is ultimately supposed …

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150 GW Of Wind Power From The North Sea – Deal Just Signed In Denmark

Probably the most ambitious agreement on renewable energy ever was signed today on the harbor of the city Esbjerg in Denmark. It’s called The Esbjerg Declaration — with the subtitle on The North Sea as a Green Power Plant of Europe. According to Statista.comapproximately 837 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity was installed worldwide from …

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Guest post: Why China is set to significantly overachieve its 2030 climate goals

China, which is currently the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, is said to be “doubling down” on coal and gas in the wake of a domestic energy crisis and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. China is continuing to build up its domestic fossil fuel production capacity and strengthening its portfolio for energy imports, even as …

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A New Enzyme Found in Compost Just Set a Speed ​​Record For Breaking Down Plastic

A plastic container thrown into landfill can take hundreds of years to break down naturally, but a newly discovered enzyme could eat up the waste in less than a day. The highly efficient polyester hydrolase, known as PHL7, was recently found in a German cemetery munching through compost. In the lab, researchers found it was …

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Reclaimed wood: Offcuts can be chemically recycled to produce material stronger than steel

A treatment process can turn old pieces of wood into a new super-strong material called “healed wood” Technology May 19, 2022 By Alex Wilkins Wood for recycling can now be turned into a substance stronger than steel urose/Getty Images A material made from recycled wood is five times stronger than natural wood and can be …

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Almost everywhere in France set to be hit by drought this summer

Almost all of France is set to be affected by drought this summer, with the southeast and western areas especially impacted, new data shows. The Ecology Ministry and Le Monde have published a map showing the risk level of drought this summer across the country. The risk is classified from “possible” (the lowest level) to …

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