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News about Climate Change and our Planet


How the world came to understand black holes

Earlier this month, Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez split the 2020 physics Nobel Prize for decades of work on black holes. Click here to learn more about their monumental achievement and about the history of our understanding of these exotic objects in space.


ADAPTATION: Sand shortages expose beaches to rising seas

Coastal counties across the southeastern U.S. face “critical sand shortages” for projects that replenish beaches as climate change intensifies storms and raises sea levels, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality

A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water and prevent bacteria from establishing on the surface. The new technique – which uses commercial nail polish – is economical and straightforward, and the researchers said it will help fabricate future high-tech waterproof materials.

This beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Engineers are figuring out how

Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of new materials with the same herculean toughness, engineers show.


SEA-LEVEL RISE: Booming disaster costs expected for U.S. territories

Rising seas could cause billions of dollars in damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Army Corps of Engineers researchers said yesterday, describing threats to U.S. territories that are already being battered by massive storms and flooding.

Researchers to track how coastal storms impact groundwater quality

(University of Massachusetts Lowell) UMass Lowell researchers are working to determine how severe coastal storms contribute to water pollution in an effort funded by a $784,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.


Freezing cold war: militaries move in as Arctic ice retreats – photo essay

This month Arctic sea ice reached its second lowest extent on record, and modeling shows it will completely melt in summer by 2035. But where many see a disaster, some global powers discern an opportunity to secure geopolitical and commercial…

Biomass and global warming! – Economic Times

Biomass, Black Carbon, and Global warming (BBGs)!! This blog was posted in 2014 but the logic is still valid. Hence I am sharing with those who have an interest in global climate change. According to a paper published in Energy…

NSF grant to fund research into ‘microcleaners’ for waterways

(Cornell University) Engineers from Cornell University and North Carolina State University have proposed a creative solution: an army of swimming, self-propelled biomaterials called ‘microcleaners’ that scavenge and capture plastics so they can be decomposed by computationally-engineered microorganisms.

Seagrass restoration speeds recovery of ecosystem services

The reintroduction of seagrass into Virginia’s coastal bays is one of the great success stories in marine restoration. Now, a long-term monitoring study shows this success extends far beyond a single plant species, rippling out to engender substantial increases in fish and invertebrate abundance, water clarity, and the trapping of pollution-causing carbon and nitrogen.