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Tech billionaires are obsessed with climate change — but some question if they’re focusing on the right areas – CNBC

Combination: Jeff Bezos (L), Elon Musk (C) and Bill Gates (R). Reuters Climate change appears to be high on the agenda for tech billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates but some are questioning whether they’re focusing their…

How AI is Contributing to Global Warming and What it Can Learn from Bitcoin – Security Boulevard

After Tesla announced it was buying 1.5 billion dollars of Bitcoin and would start accepting Bitcoin for purchases in the near future, the cryptocurrency’s value shot up dramatically. Not surprisingly, media outlets throughout the world have covered the story extensively…

VCs are hopeful Biden’s infrastructure investments boost startups tackling climate change – Axios

After co-piloting President Obama’s efforts to fight climate change as vice president, Joe Biden is having his second go, releasing a broad infrastructure proposal his administration hopes will lead to meaningful legislation and investment into stemming U.S. greenhouse emissions. The…

Warming homogenizes apparent temperature sensitivity of ecosystem respiration – Science Advances

INTRODUCTION Terrestrial ecosystem respiration (Re), the sum of autotrophic respiration from primary producers and heterotrophic respiration from consumers and detritivores, represents a fundamental biospheric function and plays a major role in the global carbon cycle and growth rate of atmospheric…

X-ray study recasts role of battery material from cathode to catalyst

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) An international team working at Berkeley Lab used a unique X-ray instrument to learn new things about lithium-rich battery materials that have been the subject of much study for their potential to extend the range of electric vehicles and the operation of electronic devices.

Towards a better understanding of natural hazard risk and economic losses in Europe

(CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) Released the new report “Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow”, presenting the consequences of disasters on population, economic sectors, critical infrastructures, ecosystem services and cultural heritage. Jaroslav Mysiak, director of the CMCC research division ‘Risk assessment and adaptation strategies’ participated as Coordinating Lead Author.

Better batteries start with basics — and a big computer

(University of Cincinnati) UC chemistry professor and department head Thomas Beck and UC graduate student Andrew Eisenhart ran quantum simulations to understand glycerol carbonate, a compound used in biodiesel and as a common solvent.

What is the probability of ships becoming beset in ice in Arctic waters?

(University of Helsinki) Statisticians have calculated the probability of ships of different Polar Ship Categories becoming beset in ice along the Northern Sea Route. Their data will help assess the risks of maritime traffic.

Do Cell Phones Contribute to Global Warming? Behind Your Virtual Impact – Green Matters

According to the results of a study by the Journal of Cleaner Production, the world of information and computer technology (ICT) has an exponentially increasing contribution to the global environmental impact. In this case, ICT includes all electronic computing devices:…

In a leap for battery research, machine learning gets scientific smarts

(DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Researchers combined machine learning with knowledge gained from experiments and equations guided by physics to discover and explain a process that shortens the lifetimes of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries.