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Europe’s Carmakers Seek Delay In EU’s Costly CO2 Rules

The European auto industry has asked the European Union (EU) to delay the implementation of its CO2 emissions rules because the impact of the coronavirus is causing short-term mayhem in the industry. The rules start this year, get harsher in…

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Scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics

One of the most widely used oil-based plastics, polyurethane, is particularly hard to recycle or destroy safely. It also releases toxic chemicals into landfills. However, some microorganisms are capable of metabolizing these compounds and degrading the plastic waste in the process. Scientists have identified one such bacterium that could be used to help break down polyurethane-based plastics for future bio-recycling.

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.

The 2020 HFSP Fellowships

(Human Frontier Science Program) HFSP raises the value of its fellowship awards granted to 65 young researchers who will challenge traditional thinking by investigating behavioural computation, genomics of fear memories, the dynamics of the blood stem cell niche, or building a new super-resolution microscope.

Air pollution falls as coronavirus slows travel, but scientists warn of longer-term threat to climate change progress – CNBC

NASA’s Earth Observatory pollution satellites show “significant decreases” in air pollution over China since the coronavirus outbreak began. Courtesy of NASA. Canal water in Venice has cleared up without boat traffic. Air pollution in China has plunged amid unprecedented lockdowns….

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Fear Of (Everybody Else) Flying

Just over a year ago, newly elected U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) shocked the world by proposing a Green New Deal. One of its more controversial provisions was a proposal to build high-speed rail…