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4 Major Asian Nations Cancel 80% of Planned Coal Power Projects After Fossil Fuel Market Crashes in 2020

Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and the Philippines have canceled nearly 45 gigawatts of proposed coal power projects, a figure equal to more than one-quarter of the total installed capacity of Germany. These are four critical emerging markets that were targeted for growth by the struggling coal industry, but a mixture of pandemic and financing-related problems caused […]

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Researchers trace geologic origins of Gulf of Mexico ‘super basin’ success

The Gulf of Mexico holds huge untapped offshore oil deposits that could help power the U.S. for decades. According to researchers, the basin’s vast oil and gas reserves are the result of a remarkable geologic past. Only a fraction of the oil has been extracted and much remains buried beneath ancient salt layers, just recently illuminated by modern seismic imaging.

2020 just short of being Earth’s hottest year on record as global warming continues – USA TODAY

“Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends.” Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees since the 1880s, NASA said. Until the world reduces emissions…

‘Ocean 100’: Small group of companies dominates ocean economy

(Duke University) Most of the revenues extracted from use of the world’s oceans is concentrated among 100 transnational corporations. Dubbed the “Ocean 100” by researchers at Duke University and Stockholm University, these “blue economy” companies collectively generated $1.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. If the group were a country, it would have the world’s 16th-largest economy, roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Mexico.

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Taking the lab into the ocean: A fleet of robots tracks and monitors microbial communities

(Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) A new paper describes how researchers at MBARI, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, enabled a trio of self-driving robots to locate, follow, and sample a layer of oceanic microbes as they drifted in an open-ocean eddy north of the Hawaiian islands.

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Unusual Inventions That Come From Reusing Waste and Recyclables

Every waste district in the U.S. has its own policies on what is accepted and what isn’t. Curbside haulers in one town may welcome all plastics while another only takes #1 and #2. Some haulers take away food waste to be composted instead of sent to the landfill, but others want food waste in the […]

Why Carbon Dioxide Is Natural And Essential

The mantra to build a “green economy” is actually code to kill the oil and natural gas industry and replace it with solar and wind power, battery-powered cars, and the like. Others have revealed the naivety of this canard and…