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The huge carbon footprint of cement (and what we can do about it)

When you manufacture cement, you heat up limestone and other clay-like materials to an astounding 2,552 degrees Fahrenheit (1,400 Celsius). Creating temperatures that high requires an awful lot of energy and (usually) a large amount of fossil fuels. Not only…

House Dems Try To Link Natural Disasters To Climate Change In Hearing

CCD Editor’s Note: Yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Environmental Subcommittee held a Hearing on Recovery, Resilience, and Readiness – Contending with Natural Disasters in the Wake of Climate Change. It’s fascinating to watch Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann try to…

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HURRICANES: Puerto Rico official: FEMA has ‘slowed’ post-Maria recovery

The head of Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery office assailed the Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday, telling lawmakers that the agency has delayed the territory’s recovery and marginalized its role in rebuilding from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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Video games offer clues to help curb animal disease outbreaks

As Asia and Europe battle African swine fever outbreaks, new research shows how farmers’ risk attitudes affect the spread of infectious animal diseases and offers a first-of-its kind model for testing disease control and prevention strategies. Getting just 10% of risk tolerant farmers to adopt biosecurity measures resulted in a significant reduction of disease, but keeping the disease under control required at least 40% of risk-takers to change their behaviors.

A new material that's part plastic and part rock is forming on this Portuguese island

Ignacio Gestoso first found signs of plastic-infused rocks during a 2016 visit to Madeira. (Photo: Ignacio Gestoso) You know we have a problem when our plastic pollution starts becoming a permanent fixture of the planet’s geology. And that seems to…