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Improve the Social Cost of Carbon, Do Not Replace It – The Regulatory Review

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Print Font Size: Despite some scholars’ criticisms, the social cost of carbon is a useful tool for crafting U.S. climate policy. Font Size: Every ton of planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted from a smokestack or a tailpipe…

Fighting climate change with venture capital is different this time – Axios

Silicon Valley got a black eye a decade ago when its big venture capital foray into expensive and nascent cleantech didn’t pan out—but its recently renewed interest in a wider scope of technologies that can tackle the climate crisis could…

Solar and wind power could mitigate conflict in northeast Africa

(KU Leuven) A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa’s largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region.

Schild receives NASA NIP award to develop new predictive tool for iceberg melting speeds

(University of Maine) Research led by University of Maine glaciologist Kristin Schild to quantify and predict iceberg melting rates has received NASA New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science funding. Schild will develop universal measuring strategies and a model for predicting how fast any iceberg would melt and discharge freshwater into the ocean. These tools could and enhance how global-scale models forecast sea level rise and climate change as a result of glacial ice activity.

Landslides: New early warning systems reduce false alarms

(CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) The study of the Campania region in southern Italy: an area that is vulnerable to landslides. The use of innovative and reliable instruments, and the original use of new generation atmospheric models, leads to the development of better predictive tools that can improve early warning systems’ performances. The results of the research conducted by the CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.

Undetected coronavirus variant was in at least 15 countries before its discovery

(University of Texas at Austin) A highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant had spread across the globe undetected for months when scientists discovered it, according to a new study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Porkapalooza II: Biden Rolls Out $2.25T Spending Spree For Infrastructure

President Biden is rolling out a $2.25 trillion plan on Wednesday that would overhaul U.S. infrastructure such as roads and bridges, pour billions of dollars into retrofitting housing and transit with an eye toward climate change, and create new jobs…

Is battery recycling environmentally friendly?

(Aalto University) In a new study, researchers at Aalto University have investigated the environmental effects of a hydrometallurgical recycling process for electric car batteries. Using simulation-based life-cycle analysis, they considered energy and water consumption, as well as process emissions. According to the results, the carbon footprint of the raw material obtained by the recycling process studied is 38% smaller than that of the virgin raw material.

This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

In the country’s oldest science fair, 17-year old high schooler Dasia Taylor submitted a surgical suture that changes colors to warn of possible infections. This invention, aimed at helping surgery patients in Africa detect infections before they become serious, elevated Dasia into the 40 finalists of the national Regeneron Science Talent Search.  The sutures are […]

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