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Tesla Wants Your Car & Solar Panels To Have Lasers. Space Lasers Next?

laserTesla has patented laser beams that would clean a car’s glass. The patent application is for “Pulsed Laser Cleaning of Debris Accumulated on Glass Articles in Vehicles and Photovoltaic Assemblies.” In other words, these lasers will be for both Tesla vehicles and Tesla solar panels

Happy Thanksgiving From Climate Change Dispatch!

For those who don’t live in the U.S., November 28th is Thanksgiving, a national holiday, so there will be limited posts. Instead, the day will be spent with family and friends. There also won’t be a Tofurkey coming out of…

Accelerating greenhouse gas levels

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) just released its annual Emissions Gap Report, warning that even if all current unconditional commitments under the Paris Agreement are implemented, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2°C, bringing even wider-ranging and more destructive…

Extra-terrestrial impacts may have triggered ‘bursts’ of plate tectonics

(Geological Society of America) When — and how — Earth’s surface evolved from a hot, primordial mush into a rocky planet continually resurfaced by plate tectonics remain some of the biggest unanswered questions in earth science research. Now a new study, published in Geology, suggests this earthly transition may in fact have been triggered by extra-terrestrial impacts.

Alito Pens Fiery Dissent After Court Allows Mann’s SLAPP Suit To Proceed

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a fiery defense of free speech Monday morning as the high court announced it would not hear an appeal from the conservative magazine National Review in a defamation case against it by liberal climate science professor…

New disease hits corals

(BMC (BioMed Central)) The emergence of a new coral disease in Micronesian reefs, termed grey-patch disease, is reported in the open-access journal Microbiome. The disease alters the community of microbes found on the host coral and measuring these changes may be a useful tool for monitoring coral health across reefs.

Venice Floods: A Very Old Problem Gets A New Twist…

The annual flooding of Venice is now your fault. Venice has been battling rising water levels since the fifth century. But today, the water seems to be winning. Several factors, both natural and man-made (none of which have anything to…

Climate Extremism In The Age Of Disinformation

Do the global warming wars ever change anyone’s mind? I suppose there are a few people whose minds have been changed. As I recall, Judith Curry has said Climategate (now “celebrating” its 10-year anniversary) was her wake-up call that institutionalized…

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5 things to know about fighting climate change by planting trees – Science News

The idea seemed so catchy, simple and can-do. There’s room to plant enough trees, albeit many, many, many trees, to counter a big chunk of the planet-warming carbon spewed by human activities. A more realistic look at that feel-good estimate,…