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Advancing carbon dioxide catalysis

(University of Delaware) Feng Jiao is a leader in the field of carbon capture and utilization, working on ways to subtract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by capturing the greenhouse gas and transforming it into another substance altogether. And now he’s received two major Department of Energy grants, totaling $3.5 million, to advance those efforts.

John McCormick: Global Warming Solutions Act needs backup – vtdigger.org

Editor’s note: This commentary is by John McCormick, of Bristol, who has a 30-year background working with NGOs in Washington, D.C., where he also volunteered for homelessness organizations. The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) became law, on Sept. 22, when…

Mixing of the planet’s ocean waters is slowing down, speeding up global warming, study finds – Washington Post

The reduced up and down mixing is expected to have sweeping implications beyond just accelerating global warming. It is projected to increase energy available to hurricanes and other storms, reduce essential nutrients for fish in upper ocean layers and diminish…

Many ventilation systems may increase risk of COVID-19 exposure, study suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, particularly during the coming winter, according to new research.

The key to lowering CO2 emissions is made of metal

Researchers produce malic acid, which contains 4 carbon atoms, through artificial photosynthesis by simply adding metal ions like aluminum and iron. This solves a problem with current artificial photosynthesis technology of only producing molecules with 1 carbon atom and paves the way to exploring the use of CO2 as a raw material.

Redefining drought in the US corn belt

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) As the climate trends warmer and drier, global food security increasingly hinges on crops’ ability to withstand drought. But are scientists and producers focusing on the right metric when measuring crop-relevant drought? Not exactly, according to new research from University of Illinois scientists, who urge the scientific community to redefine the term.

Global warming, fires, and crime in Mexico and beyond – Brookings Institution

When a brush fire erupted near Tijuana in early September, a large part of the North American western coast was either on fire or at high risk of fire. The dramatic fire belt stretched from Canada to northern Mexico. Although…

Increasing stability decreases ocean productivity, reduces carbon burial

As the globe warms, the atmosphere is becoming more unstable, but the oceans are becoming more stable, according to an international team of climate scientists, who say that the increase in stability is greater than predicted, and a stable ocean will absorb less carbon and be less productive.

Climate Change’s Biggest Joke: Go Vegan, Save The Planet

Sadly, the world already has 1.5 billion vegetarians but only 75 million by choice. The rest can not afford the health-giving protein and fat in meat. As they move out of poverty they will likely happily bring meat into their…