Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

Science and Technology

Skoltech scientists found a way to create long-life fast-charging batteries

(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) A group of researchers led by Skoltech Professor Pavel Troshin studied coordination polymers, a class of compounds with scarcely explored applications in metal-ion batteries, and demonstrated their possible future use in energy storage devices with a high charging/discharging rate and stability. The results of their study were published in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

Enhanced natural gas storage to help reduce global warming

(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) Researchers have designed plastic-based materials that can store natural gas more effectively. These new materials can not only make large-scale, cost-effective, and safe natural gas storage possible, but further hold a strong promise for combating global warming.

Analysis and detoxification in one step

Many industrial and agriculture processes use chemicals that can be harmful for workers and the ecosystems where they accumulate. Researchers have now developed a bioinspired method to detect and detoxify these chemicals in only one step. A combination of two natural enzymatic reactions convert harmful chloro- and nitrophenols into the substance that causes the characteristic glowing of fireflies: luciferin.

New process discovered to completely degrade flame retardant in the environment

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A team of environmental scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and China has for the first time used a dynamic, two-step process to completely degrade a common flame-retardant chemical, rendering the persistent global pollutant nontoxic.

Heat Will Kill Thousands in Chinese Cities Each Year From Climate Change – D-brief – Discover Magazine

Beijing commuters drive through a layer of “severe” air pollution in this 2014 photo. A new analysis says that human-caused climate change will lead to thousands of additional deaths across Chinese cities in the decades ahead. (Credit: Hung Chung Chih/Shutterstock)…

High lead concentrations in amazonian wildlife

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Central University of Catalonia/Vic University detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas. The research was recently published in Nature Sustainability.

Voters really want presidential candidates to talk more about science

(Research!America) A large majority of Iowans (74 percent) say it is important for the presidential candidates to talk about how science and scientific research will affect their policymaking decisions, but only 22 percent recall them discussing science issues during the past two months.

Krypton reveals ancient water beneath the Israeli desert

(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Getting reliable precipitation data from the past has proven difficult, as is predicting regional changes for climate models in the present. A combination of isotope techniques developed by researchers at Argonne and UChicago may help resolve both.

Advance in understanding of all-solid-state batteries

(The Faraday Institution) In a new paper published by Nature Materials entitled ‘Critical Stripping Current Leads to Dendrite Formation on Plating in Lithium Anode Solid Electrolyte Cells,’ Faraday Institution researchers at the University of Oxford have taken a step forward in understanding the mechanisms by which solid-state batteries fail — a necessary prerequisite to avoiding such failures.