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Here’s your answer when someone asks ‘How can it be so cold if there’s global warming?’ – FOX 59 Indianapolis

The first significant cold snap of the season hits and somebody wonders what happened to global warming. × Here’s your answer when someone asks ‘How can it be so cold if there’s global warming?’ The first significant cold snap of the…

At 2022 World Cup, the global game will meet global warming – The Washington Post

(Do the words “existential threat” mean anything to you? I have been inspired by the 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg; it’s time to get up, get out and shout about something other than College Football Playoff rankings.) Qatar is hot, baby….

UK needs to act to prevent electric vehicle battery waste mountain — new study

(University of Birmingham) Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study.

Donald Trump leaves Paris climate accord because he knows better. Not. – USA TODAY

It isn’t beyond imagination for the world to act in concert against a global environmental threat. After all, it has happened before. When scientists found that chemicals used in refrigeration and aerosol cans were depleting a protective layer of ozone over the Earth,…

Should I unplug my appliances and, if so, will I save money on my electric bill?

All things plugged in will bleed some energy. Called “standby” electricity loss because it’s so often associated with electronics in standby or idle mode, it’s also known as “phantom” or “vampire” electricity (for obvious reasons). Even turned off, many appliances…

Harvesting genes to improve watermelons

(Boyce Thompson Institute) An international team of researchers has taken a comprehensive look at the genomes of all seven species of watermelon, creating a resource that could help plant breeders increase the domestic fruit’s quality and ability to thrive during an era of climate change. The paper describing this work is being published in the Nov. 1 issue of Nature Genetics.

Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a photo-excitation process that speeds up the charging of lithium-ion batteries. If commercialized, such technology could be a game changer for electric vehicles.

Palestinian farmers benefit from Birmingham water technology project

(University of Birmingham) University of Birmingham scientists have worked with international students to produce prototype desalination equipment that could help Palestinian farmers avoid water shortages and grow crops efficiently.

Dogs share the spotlight with dancers for this stunning photo project

Photographers Kelly Pratt and Ian Kreidich frequently work with professional dancers, capturing their gorgeous movements and their breathtaking abilities. But in a random moment, Pratt suggested to her husband, Kreidich, that they throw a few dogs into the mix for…

Sharing solar technology with developing countries

(Swansea University) A Swansea-led project which will help communities in developing countries to generate their own solar power has been awarded £800,000 by the UK government. The money will be used to construct prototype buildings and support collaboration between experts from 5 countries — India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Africa, and the UK.