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House ‘Climate Plan’ Is Just Another Progressive Wish List

One would reasonably expect that a report entitled “Solving the Climate Crisis,” issued last month by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, would focus on ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that committee members believe endanger life…

Emissions slashed today won’t slow warming until mid-century – The Economist

Jul 11th 2020 MUCH OF the international effort thus far to combat climate change has focused on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, chief among them carbon dioxide. That is, of course, a rational approach. Global average temperatures are roughly 1.1°C…

New method solves old mystery: Hafnium isotopes clinch origin of high-quality Roman glass

(Aarhus University) Archaeological glass contains information about the movement of goods and ancient economies, yet the understanding of critical aspects of the ancient glass industry is fragmentary. Until now, it has been challenging to scientifically determine the origin of the colourless and clear glass, which was particularly favoured by the Romans. The Romans distinguished between two types of clear glass: Alexandrian and Levantine. Now researchers have found a way to localize the furnaces of the two types.

Aquaculture’s role in nutrition in the COVID-19 era

(American University) A new paper from American University examines the economics of an aquaculture industry of the future that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and nutritious for the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who depend on it.

Evolution makes the world less ragged

(University of Connecticut) How does evolution impact ecological patterns? It helps smooth out the rough edges, says UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Mark Urban. Urban led an international team of researchers through a review of the history of ecological and evolutionary research to establish a framework to better understand evolution’s impact on ecosystem patterns. The research is published as a perspective in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Study Shows Oceans At Their Deepest In 250 Million Years

Sea-level rise would be a complicated topic even if it were not politicized. People often talk as though the seabed were like a bathtub, rigid and immobile, into which water either pours or does not. But it’s not; it rises…

New study sparks fresh call for seagrass preservation

(Edith Cowan University) An increase in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 5 million cars a year has been caused by the loss of seagrass meadows around the Australian coastline since the 1950s.PhD student Cristian Salinas from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia calculated that around 161,150 hectares of seagrass have been lost from Australian coasts since the 1950s. This has resulte in a 2 per cent increase in annual carbon dioxide emissions from land-use change.

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E-scooters go on trial in Middlesbrough to aid UK’s green recovery

Residents of Middlesbrough in north-east England will be the first in the UK to legally ride electric scooters on the open road when the law changes on Saturday, as the government struggles to prevent a recovery from coronavirus based on…

Phys.org Busted: Study Asserts NO Link Between Flooding and Climate Change

Phys.org has published an article, misleadingly titled, “How increased flooding due to climate change impacts waterways across the U.S,” that is among the top Google News search results today for “climate change.” The article discusses a paper published in the…

Urban Magnets & COVID-19 With Bruce Haden, Part Two

In the second episode of our CleanTech Talk interview with architect, urbanist, and author Bruce Haden, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, talks with Bruce about urban magnets and architecture in the time of COVID-