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The ‘tipping point’ has arrived as temperatures rise in 70 US counties

Looks like the heat is on this summer … even in Alaska thanks to what has been referred to as the “tipping point.” Apparently, the warnings about 2 degrees Celsius of warming — or the global average forewarned against in the 2015 Paris Agreement centered on climate change — has hit some places in the United States pretty hard. Related: For
example, according to the Washington Post the fastest state to experience such warming is
Alaska which has seen a recent increase
of…

From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health – USA TODAY

For some, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, and preventing global warming from getting worse is a driving force in their lives. Elizabeth Lawrence and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY Revelle Mast wanted to be an architect when…

New ESA Reforms Will Protect Species, Kill Endless Red Tape

For decades, the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA) has hovered like a giant Sword of Damocles over broad swaths of rural America. If some unfortunate farmer, rancher, fruit grower, or any other landowner was found to be harboring a threatened…

First Major US Offshore Wind Farm Delayed by Government

The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts. The Interior Department has ordered an additional study of the…

Icebergs delay Southern Hemisphere future warming, study shows

Future warming can accelerate the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet. A large fraction of the ice will enter the Southern Ocean in form of icebergs, which melt and provide a cooling and freshening effect to the warmer and denser ocean water. This process will increase the formation of sea-ice and shift winds and ocean currents. The overall effect is a slowdown in the magnitude of human-induced Southern Hemispheric warming and sea-level rise, according to a new study.

Icebergs delay Southern Hemisphere future warming – EurekAlert

IMAGE: Future iceberg discharges from the disintegrating West Antarctic ice-sheet (lower right inlay figure) can lead to a substantial reduction of human-induced warming in the Southern Hemisphere. Anthropogenic warming averaged over… view more  Credit: Fabian Schloesser, https://pixabay.com/photos/iceberg-ice-floe-antarctica-329852/ New research, published today…

Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives

(University of Bristol) An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a new class of detergents chemically related to laxatives.

Scientists find vast, ancient galaxies hiding in plain sight

If you don’t want to be found, the universe is a good place to hide. Needle, meet infinite haystack. But as prying Earthling eyes scan the heavens, could entire galaxies remain on the lam? According to research published in the…

Burning Wood Pellets Under Fire As Coal Alternative

The wood-pellet business is thriving based on the argument that trees are a clean-energy alternative to coal, but the science behind it is facing challenges from researchers who say cutting and burning trees takes a heavy environmental toll. Global imports…