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Recycling critical metals in e-waste: Make it the law, experts warn EU, citing raw material security

(Terry Collins Assoc) End-of-life circuit boards, certain magnets in disc drives and electric vehicles, EV and other special battery types, and fluorescent lamps are among several electrical and electronic products containing critical raw materials (CRMs), the recycling of which should be made law, says a new UN-backed report funded by the EU.

Biodiversity loss in warming oceans | Stanford News – Stanford University News

A fossil study from Stanford University suggests the diversity of life in the world’s oceans declined time and again over the past 145 million years during periods of extreme warming. Many other factors are also expected to negatively impact habitat…

Mapping the past, present and future of West Virginia

(West Virginia University) As WVU’s latest NSF CAREER Award winner, Assistant Professor of Geography Aaron Maxwell will use big data to map what the surface of West Virginia looked like over the last 60 years. The funding includes $636,785 over five years.

Perovskite solar modules: High efficiency on a large surface area

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) From cell to module without loss of efficiency: Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have managed to produce perovskite solar modules with minimum scaling loss. For this purpose, they combined laser-based series interconnections with vacuum processing of all layers of the solar cell. They achieved an 18 percent efficiency on an area of four square centimeters – a world record for vacuum-processed perovskite solar modules.

An expert explains: What climate change means for coral – World Economic Forum

The world has lost 30% to 50% of its reefs in the last 40 years. Scientists have warned that remaining reefs could be gone within decades. Over the past century, sea surface temperatures have risen by an average of about…

Nature is Critical to Slowing Climate Change, But It Can Only Do So If We Help It First – InsideClimate News

No matter how many solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars are built between now and 2030, the world won’t meet its increasingly ambitious climate targets without a lot of help from forests, fields and oceans.  “Achieving net-zero by 2050…

Revealed: Al Gore’s Real Climate Catastrophe

Next month is the thirtieth anniversary of the most entertaining and damning chapter in Al Gore’s career. By the mid-nineteenth century, our knowledge of atmospheric chemistry was sufficiently advanced for a few sharp minds to ponder whether an increase in…

Snakeskin can inspire to safer buildings

(Aarhus University) It might be a good idea to look for inspiration in nature when designing load-bearing foundations for buildings. Researchers from Aarhus University and University of California Davis have delved into pile foundations and found, that piles with snake inspired surface patterns give 25-50 per cent less resistance during installation compared with the pressure they can subsequently support. The findings have been published in Acta Geotechnica.

It’s time for California to assume a firm stance on climate change readiness – Highlander Newspaper

Post Views: 365 Courtesy of Freepik All too often, countless stories are published that highlight the extreme dangers of climate change. In California, residents have experienced the harmful side effects of global warming in the form of intense wildfires and…