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China’s Pandemic Recovery Drives Massive Boom In Coal Plants

China is in the midst of a new coal boom, as approvals for coal-energy projects have accelerated this year in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Far from treating the coronavirus pandemic as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speed up decarbonization and…

The Planet’s Future Has Never Looked Brighter

Doomsday thinking about the environment has been popular for decades. A rational optimist lays out the many reasons we can be hopeful about the future of the planet. In 1980, the year that PERC was founded, I spent three months…

New Curtin research uncovers the two ‘faces’ of the Earth

(Curtin University) New Curtin University-led research has uncovered how rocks sourced from the Earth’s mantle are linked to the formation and breakup of supercontinents and super oceans over the past 700 million years, suggesting that the Earth is made up of two distinct ‘faces’.

Geologists shed light on the tibetan plateau origin puzzle: an open-and-shut perspective

(Cactus Communications) Earth’s geographical surfaces have been formed over millions of years. Although various geological theories aim to explain their formation, the southern Tibetan Plateau is a region consisting of complex geological structures, whose origin has been unclear until now. In a new study published in Earth Science Frontiers, a team of geologists used an alternative “opening-closing” tectonic model to explain the origin of these structures.

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Walk Miles and Miles to Halt Global Warming – IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power Long before the Coronavirus and global warming, the great philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote:” Unhappy men would increase their happiness more by walking 6 miles every day than by any conceivable change in philosophy.” LUND, Sweden (IDN)…

Study on shorebirds suggests that when conserving species, not all land is equal

Researchers may have solved the long-standing puzzle of why migratory shorebirds around the world are plummeting several times faster than coastal ecosystems are being developed. They discovered that shorebirds overwhelmingly rely on tidal zones closest to dry land, which are most often lost to development. The findings suggest that protecting species requires a detailed understanding of how animals interact with the landscape so that preserved habitats best serve endangered species’ needs.

Shooting Reflective Aerosols Into the Stratosphere Won’t Stop Global Warming – Popular Mechanics

AleksandarGeorgievGetty Images Researchers from MIT have found that reflective aerosol clouds could deaden some global weather events. Circulating global winds clear the air, literally—and stanching them has consequences. Solar geoengineers speculate on ways to combat climate change using clouds and…

Future of the western North Pacific Subtropical High: Weaker or stronger?

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) With correction by observed sea surface temperature, under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5, a high greenhouse gas emission scenario, the models will tend to agree on a future intensification of the western North Pacific Subtropical High (WNPSH) with 45% of the uncertainty reduced, which implies stronger East Asian summer monsoon with increased rainfall but reduced typhoon landfalls over East Asia. In the meantime, it could also imply increased risk of heatwaves in the southern and eastern China.

Summers are growing longer due to climate change, while winters are dramatically shrinking – Washington Post

People cool off in the river pool at the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole in Reston, Va. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post) By Brian Brettschneider June 1 at 9:50 AM The Earth is warming and disturbing the balance of the…