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For the 2nd time, Northrop Grumman catches a satellite in Earth orbit

Northrop Grumman said last week that its Mission Extension Vehicle 2 – a robot spacecraft designed to help prolong the life of satellites in space – successfully docked to a commercial communications satellite. “We are now the only provider of life extension services for satellites,” a company spokesperson said.

Sen. Karl Rhoads: What Hawaii Should Be Doing To Address Global Warming – Honolulu Civil Beat

Civil Beat IDEAS editor Julia Steele sat down with Hawaii state Sen. Karl Roads for a discussion about global warming and the vulnerability of Oahu’s low-lying coastal areas. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Rhoads, who chairs…

China Gives a Cool Boost to Effort to Reduce Global Warming – NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

President Xi Jinping said that China has decided to accept the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer earlier today. The announcement, part of a conversation with Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Macron…

Learning From California’s Ambitious Climate Policy – Center For American Progress

Introduction and summary Subscribe to InProgress California has long been synonymous with effective climate policy. Beginning in 2001, the Golden State established its first voluntary emissions reporting program under Gov. Gray Davis (D). Subsequently, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) built on…

Connecting California: State’s climate change fight about more than global warming – Desert Sun

California’s fight against climate change isn’t doing all that much to slow climate change. But it should be considered a success anyway.   While California reached its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, it is lagging in…

Literature Review: Synthetic Turf carbon footprint, environmental, health, microplastics and biodiversity impacts

Hosken Reserve: grass oval used for soccer training, informal reacreation, off-lead dog exercise (Photo by John Englart) Abstract:  The conversion of a grass oval to synthetic turf at Hosken Reserve, Coburg North, is about a failure in transparency and consultation…

Annotated Bibliography: Synthetic Turf and Climate, health, biodiversity and microplastics pollution issues

Increasing use of synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf is problematic for Several reasons.  Synthetic turf is: Derived from fossil fuel petrochemical industry Produces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and as it degrades Increases landfill at end of life Produces micro-plastic…

Transparent nanolayers for more solar power

(Forschungszentrum Juelich) There is no cheaper way to generate electricity today than with the sun. Solar cells available on the market based on crystalline silicon make this possible with efficiencies of up to 23 percent. With even higher efficiencies of more than 26 percent, costs could fall further. An international working group led by photovoltaics researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich now plan to reach this goal with a nanostructured, transparent material for the front of solar cells.

‘Let’s make it count’: World leaders, royalty and environmentalists gear up for major climate summit COP26 – CNBC

Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding…

Biden Wants World Leaders to Make Climate Change Commitments – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is nearing agreements with Japan, Korea and Canada to bolster carbon emission reduction targets in all four countries ahead of a closely watched summit of global leaders on Earth Day, April 22. But in the…