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LAW: Science could aid climate cases. Big Oil is fighting it

There’s a new weapon in legal cases against large emitters: scientific studies that show the links between a carbon source and climate impacts like rising seas. Here’s how energy companies are trying to discredit the researchers.

Earth Day 2021: 5 Documentaries That Raise Awareness On Global Warming – Tatler Philippines

Photo: Matt Palmer on Unsplash By Jove Moya April 16, 2021 Raising awareness is an essential element in preventing climate change. One of the best ways to educate others is through in-depth documentaries that show the aftermath of global warming….

Hidden magma pools pose eruption risks that we can’t yet detect

(Geological Society of America) Volcanologists’ ability to estimate eruption risks is largely reliant on knowing where pools of magma are stored, deep in the Earth’s crust. But what happens if the magma can’t be spotted?

Long-term consequences of CO2 emissions

(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) According to a new study published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the oxygen content in the oceans will continue to decrease for centuries even if all CO2 emissions would be stopped immediately. According to the author, Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies, from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the slowdown of ocean circulation and the progressive warming of deeper water layers are responsible for this process.

Egg and sperm cell size evolved from competition

(Northwestern University) Using mathematical modeling, researchers considered a time very early in evolution when primordial species reproduced using external fertilization. In the model, bigger reproductive cells, or gametes, presented a competitive edge because they could hold more nutrients for a potential zygote. Smaller gametes, however, required fewer resources to make, which put less stress on the parent. Organisms evolved to specialize in large or small gametes, precursors to eggs and sperm.

Alpine plants are losing their white “protective coat”

(University of Basel) Snow cover in the Alps has been melting almost three days earlier per decade since the 1960s. This trend is temperature-related and cannot be compensated by heavier snowfall. By the end of the century, snow cover at 2,500 meters could disappear a month earlier than today, as simulations by environmental scientists at the University of Basel demonstrate.

Climate change: Why some detractors say Earth is not in crisis – Deseret News

Utah author Bill Pekny wrote a book with 13 chapters describing climate change, full of charts, colorful graphics and “key takeaways” after each segment in which he impresses upon his readers why his research matters, and should offer comfort to…

Connecting California: State’s climate change fight about more than global warming – Desert Sun

California’s fight against climate change isn’t doing all that much to slow climate change. But it should be considered a success anyway.   While California reached its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, it is lagging in…