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Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating solar panels

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to a new analysis.

Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating PV

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to an analysis by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Redefining drought in the US corn belt

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) As the climate trends warmer and drier, global food security increasingly hinges on crops’ ability to withstand drought. But are scientists and producers focusing on the right metric when measuring crop-relevant drought? Not exactly, according to new research from University of Illinois scientists, who urge the scientific community to redefine the term.

Global warming, fires, and crime in Mexico and beyond – Brookings Institution

When a brush fire erupted near Tijuana in early September, a large part of the North American western coast was either on fire or at high risk of fire. The dramatic fire belt stretched from Canada to northern Mexico. Although…

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Climate change threatens breeding birds

Surviving on a warming planet can be a matter of timing — but simply shifting lifecycle stages to match the tempo of climate change has hidden dangers for some animals, according to new research. The study has uncovered drastic consequences for birds that are breeding earlier in lockstep with earlier starts of spring: chicks hatching earlier face increased risk of poor weather conditions, food shortages and mortality.

Green Party Launches In Turkey, Promises A ‘Green New Deal’

Turkey’s new Green Party will push for a “Green New Deal” that supports carbon taxes and increases the use of renewable energy, the movement tells The Media Line. The party launched on Monday, the International Day of Peace, with 110…

Evolutionary and heritable axes shape our brain

(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Every region has its place in the brain. However, it has been unclear why brain regions are located where they are. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have defined two main axes along which brain regions are genetically organized, stretching from posterior to anterior and inferior to superior in the brain. These axes are mainly shaped by genes and evolution.

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will – The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record…

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Doing Something About Global Warming Is Cheaper Than Doing Nothing – CleanTechnica

September 25th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  The rallying cry from conservatives for the past 40 years is that doing something about our overheating planet is just too darn expensive. Better to do nothing and continue marching into the future using…

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Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon threatens to quit shadow cabinet over emissions target

The veteran New South Wales Labor rightwinger Joel Fitzgibbon has threatened to quit the shadow cabinet if the opposition adopts a medium-term emissions reduction target he cannot live with. In a significant escalation of Labor’s internal dispute about climate and…