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EU hydrogen strategy

(European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften) Hydrogen is an important alternative for sectors that are stuck in the fossil fuel economy. As national governments and European parliamentarians negotiate the EU’s hydrogen strategy, EASAC issues a new commentary.

Achieving clean air for all is possible

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) Air pollution is currently the largest environmental risk factor for human health globally and can be linked to several million cases of premature deaths every year. A new study however shows that it is possible to achieve clean air worldwide with fundamental transformations of today’s practices in many sectors, supported by strong political will.

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…

How Zika virus degrades essential protein for neurological development via autophagy

Researchers shed new light on how Zika virus hijacks our own cellular machinery to break down an essential protein for neurological development, getting it to ‘eat itself’. By triggering this process known as autophagy, Zika virus is able to degrade an important protein, a process that may contribute to the development of neurological or brain deficiencies and congenital birth defects in the newborns of infected pregnant women.

Green Party Launches In Turkey, Promises A ‘Green New Deal’

Turkey’s new Green Party will push for a “Green New Deal” that supports carbon taxes and increases the use of renewable energy, the movement tells The Media Line. The party launched on Monday, the International Day of Peace, with 110…

The cost of drought in Italy

(CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) Drought-induced economic losses ranged in Italy between 0.55 and 1.75 billion euros over the period 2001-2016, and droughts caused significant collateral effects not only on the agricultural sector, but also on food manufacturing industries. A study just published led by the CMCC Foundation sheds light on the characterization of the damages caused by droughts while providing a tool with applicability in the implementation of drought risk management plans and the evaluation of drought management policies.

World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Plane Lifts Off On Maiden Zero-Emissions Flight

The world just got one step closer to zero-emission aviation this week as ZeroAvia completed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft. Partly-funded through the UK Government, the flight in Cranfield, England used 4lbs 6 oz of hydrogen fuel and reached an altitude of 1000 feet. With its Piper six-seat […]

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The video origin of the myth that global warming is good for agriculture » Yale Climate Connections – Yale Climate Connections

Misinformation is at the root of many scientific controversies, and fighting it can feel like a losing battle. But one effective method is to expose the mechanics of misinformation, to show tactics and deceptive processes in broad daylight. And learning…