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Don’t Get Fooled By The Media’s Crafty Coverage Of Cold Weather

Parts of the River Thames in London froze recently following subzero temperatures across the UK. The last time this happened was in 1963. The Netherlands shivered at minus 20 degrees Celsius. Across the Atlantic, Americans experienced extreme February snowfall, causing…

Energy switching decisions could widen social inequalities

(University of Leeds) New energy tariffs designed for a low carbon future could leave people on bad deals even worse off. The tariffs could benefit all kinds of customers, but many people are unlikely to choose them. Those likely to adopt them first are younger, with higher incomes and higher education.

Climate change is leading to premature births in the Brazilian Amazon – New Scientist News

By Luke Taylor Flooding in the Brazilian Amazon in 2015 Brazil Photos/LightRocket via Getty Images Extreme weather patterns and flooding worsened by climate change are adversely affecting the health of babies born in the Amazon rainforest. Luke Parry at Lancaster…

Global warming poses threat to food chains – EurekAlert

IMAGE: The study examined plankton in freshwater ponds exposed to seven years of experimental warming view more  Credit: University of Exeter Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows. Scientists…

Global Warming Poses Threat to Food Chains – “Impact Could Be Severe” – SciTechDaily

The study examined plankton in freshwater ponds exposed to seven years of experimental warming. Credit: University of Exeter Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows. Scientists measured the…

‘Overwhelming’ international support for more government action on environment, message-testing experiment finds

(University of Cambridge) – Survey experiment across UK, US, Brazil, India, China, Indonesia and Poland finds “overwhelming” support for more action ahead of COP26. – Research finds strong support in each country for policies to “protect and preserve” wildlife, plant trees, and invest in clean technologies. – In the run-up to COP26, Cambridge researchers say: “We face huge challenges protecting the environment, but global public opinion may no longer be chief among them.”

Mechanistic understanding of oxygen-redox processes in lithium-rich battery cathodes

(The Faraday Institution) Scientists based at the University of Oxford as part of the Faraday Institution CATMAT project researching next-generation cathode materials have made a significant advance in understanding oxygen-redox processes involved in lithium-rich cathode materials. The paper, published in Nature Energy, proposes strategies that offer potential routes to increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

Aviva chief warns insurers on ‘forked tongue’ over climate change – Financial Times

Aviva chief executive Amanda Blanc has warned that the insurance industry cannot “speak with forked tongue” on global warming by doing one thing with its investment portfolios and another with the products it sells. More insurers are promising to focus…

We are nowhere near keeping warming below 1.5°C despite climate plans – New Scientist

By Adam Vaughan A demonstration in Paris, France, during the 2015 climate negotiations Thibault Camus/AP/Shutterstock The world is wildly off track meeting the Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rises to 1.5°C, despite a recent series of more ambitious national…

Dinosaur species: ‘Everyone’s unique’

(University of Bonn) “Everyone’s unique” is a popular maxim. All people are equal, but there are of course individual differences. This was no different with dinosaurs. A study by researchers at the University of Bonn and the Dinosaur Museum Frick in Switzerland has now revealed that the variability of Plateosaurus trossingensis was much greater than previously assumed. The paleontologists examined a total of 14 complete skulls of this species, eight of which they described for the first time.