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Phase 4 May Be Dem’s Last Chance To Pass The Green New Deal

Yes; another “stimulus” bill is possible and perhaps even likely. Expect Nancy Pelosi’s “Green New Deal” to be part of this effort given that the Senate and the President said NO to subsidies for solar panels and wind turbines in…

Plant protection: Communication instead of poison

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Increasing drought and heat seriously affect plants. In the Upper Rhine area, for example, climate change results in the development of new plant diseases, an example being Esca, a disease that causes vines to die. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and partners have now launched the DialogProTec project that focuses on new approaches to plant protection without herbicides and fungicides. In collaboration with colleagues from Germany, France, and Switzerland, the researchers are conducting research in dialog with winegrowers, farmers, and industry.

States Nix Plastic Bag Bans To Avoid Viral Spread, Contamination

States that introduced “green” regulations that taxed single-use plastic grocery bags in an effort to eventually annihilate them are now welcoming them back as health officials caution of possible contamination with reusable bags. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said Thursday…

Global supply chains as a way to curb carbon emissions

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) The coronavirus outbreak raised everyone’s awareness of the significance of global supply chains to modern economies. But global supply chains also play an important role in greenhouse gas emissions. How they are managed can either increase or decrease carbon emissions, new research shows.

Under extreme heat and drought, trees hardly benefit from an increased CO2 level

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. This finding was obtained by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) when studying Aleppo pines. Their study is reported in New Phytologist (DOI: 10.1111/nph.16471).

Fighting The Deep Green State Down Under

A story in the Guardian has demonstrated the impotence of government against the Deep State — Deep Green State — machinery that it nominally controls. This involved an attempt, in line with government policy, to divert money from the Emissions Reduction…

From greenhouse gas to a high-tech resource

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the NECOC research project is aimed at building a unique test facility for active reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The worlds first container-scale facility of this type is to convert CO2 contained in ambient air into highly pure carbon black powder that can be used as a resource in industry. Project partners are INERATEC GmbH, a spinoff of KIT, and Climeworks, a spinoff of ETH Zurich.

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

In the first episode of the Invisibilia podcast’s sixth season, host Elise Speigel opens by comparing the heartbeat of a human, a black-capped chickadee and an elephant. “The bigger the animal, the slower the tempo of the heart,” Miller points…

Are we panic buying or just stocking up?

With the coronavirus outbreak spreading across the world, many people are preparing for possible quarantine by stocking up on supplies. It’s the same motivation that empties the shelves of milk and bread when the forecast calls for snow. The Centers…