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News about Climate Change and our Planet

Month: February 2020

Russian scientists propose a technology reducing the cost of high-efficiency solar cells

(ITMO University) A group of St. Petersburg scientists has proposed and experimentally tested a technology for the fabrication of high-efficiency solar cells based on A3B5 semiconductors integrated on a silicon substrate, which in the future may increase the efficiency of the existing single-junction photovoltaic converters by 1.5 times. The development of the technology was forecasted by the Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov.

NASA analyzes tropical cyclone Damien’s water vapor concentration

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean on Feb. 7, it gathered water vapor data that provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Damien.

Using neutrons and X-rays to analyze the aging of lithium batteries

(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) An international team has used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the dynamic processes that lead to capacity degradation at the electrodes in lithium batteries. Using a new mathematical method, it was possible to virtually unwind electrodes that had been wound into the form of a compact cylinder, and thus actually observe the processes on the surfaces of the electrodes. The study was published in Nature Communications.

Simple, solar-powered water desalination

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source.

Winter In Germany: Fossil Vehicle Sales Slide 15% As EV Market Share Increases From 2.5% To 6.5%

Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, saw January fossil fuel vehicle sales drop by over 15% year-on-year, with gasoline vehicles alone down over 17%. Meanwhile, EVs increased their market share to 6.5% from 2.5%. Europe’s big five markets are now at a combined 6.0% EV market share. What progress will full year 2020 bring overall

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CamOp Photo Winners: October- December 2019

Your volunteer CamOps are the reason we see incredible views of nature all day long.  We want to thank each and every one of our CamOps for dedicating their time to make our lives richer. Therefore, we present the CamOp Photo Winners of October, November, and…

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CamOp Photo Winners: October- December 2019

Your volunteer CamOps are the reason we see incredible views of nature all day long.  We want to thank each and every one of our CamOps for dedicating their time to make our lives richer. Therefore, we present the CamOp Photo Winners of October, November, and…

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CamOp Photo Winners: October- December 2019

Your volunteer CamOps are the reason we see incredible views of nature all day long.  We want to thank each and every one of our CamOps for dedicating their time to make our lives richer. Therefore, we present the CamOp Photo Winners of October, November, and…

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CamOp Photo Winners: October- December 2019

Your volunteer CamOps are the reason we see incredible views of nature all day long.  We want to thank each and every one of our CamOps for dedicating their time to make our lives richer. Therefore, we present the CamOp Photo Winners of October, November, and…

This one cave salamander stayed completely still for 7 years, but it wasn't dead

When you’re blind and live in a cave, there’s a lot of time to sit and think. Maybe that’s what this one cave salamander was up to during a seven-year stint of doing absolutely nothing. Researchers observing blind cave-dwelling amphibians…