Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

“Over the years, I’ve built up a network of people in the different collecting areas who helped me with seed collection,” Swift said.But while there’s a huge focus on planting trees, there’s little on where those seedlings will come from.

How Food Waste Could Be Turned Into Climate-Friendly Jet Fuel

How Food Waste Could Be Turned Into Climate-Friendly Jet Fuel

The researchers demonstrated that with the right catalysts, both of these reactions work extremely well and produce a mix of hydrocarbons with properties similar to that of jet fuel.

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

For people binging Netflix, that’s useful context—but for the streaming giant, it provides crucial data to help it reduce its vast carbon footprint.

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Based on their calculations, cannabis production results in over 2,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilogram of product (defined as dried flowers), and its legalization has had a measurable effect on Colorado's greenhouse gas output.

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The federal government began incorporating the social cost of carbon in climate-related regulations in 2010, factoring it into requirements for the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the levels of air pollution from power plants, and the energy efficiency of consumer appliances.

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions.

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $240 ($160 off) : WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says this is a great deal.

How Steel Might Finally Kick Its Coal Habit

How Steel Might Finally Kick Its Coal Habit

Boston Metal, an outfit spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, uses electric currents to heat iron ore into a bright orange-white liquid, which converts into metal and cools as gray steel blocks.Testing and scaling technologies that remove the emissions from steelmaking isn’t the only challenge to decarbonizing the building material.

Climate Change Needs an Operation Warp Speed

Climate Change Needs an Operation Warp Speed

A climate Warp Speed could use the organizational oomph of our government and military to bring clean energy to every federal building nationwide.(They did this during Operation Warp Speed for vaccine-component firms.)

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

The researchers found that with an annual investment of between 1 and 2 percent of the global gross domestic product, humanity could scale up a DAC network to remove around 2.3 gigatons of CO2 annually by the year 2050.

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

But before putting any taxpayer money on this train, consider some inconvenient truths: First, the carbon farming practices being promoted as something new have all been in use for decades, and all were originally adopted for reasons unrelated to climate change.

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

It is designed to spend months at sea mapping the seafloor with powerful sonar devices, while simultaneously scanning the ocean surface for genetic material to identify fish and other marine organisms swimming below.

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

By adding heat (350 degrees Celsius, which is 662 degrees Fahrenheit) to citric acid, hydrogen, and a catalyst made of iron, manganese, and potassium to the carbon dioxide, the team was able to produce liquid fuel that would work in a jet engine.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

4 December 2020, Rome - Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating polluted sites and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, FAO said today in its first ever report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity ".

Fiordland air sharing secrets with scientist

Fiordland air sharing secrets with scientist

Dr Sperlich, and NIWA principal technician Ross Martin, will be collecting air samples as part of research into the native Fiordland forest to determine exactly how much carbon it is absorbing.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice has demanded that the company commit to reaching zero carbon emissions by 2030, a far more ambitious agenda than the one Bezos announced last year.

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering proposals generally fall into two categories: removing carbon from the atmosphere, or shielding Earth from solar radiation.European and Asian governments support geoengineering in principle, and it now has bipartisan support in the US, which recently approved $4 million for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess solar climate interventions.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

21 August 2020, Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has helped an African country obtain a grant from the international entity.

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

Apple Sets Climate Goals for 2030, Joining Amazon and Microsoft

The public commitments made by Apple and other companies sometimes read like a jumble of climate-related buzzwords, difficult to decipher without knowing exactly how these companies plan to neutralize or reduce the usage of dirty energy in their manufacturing or shipping processes.

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

“All of that information really adds up.” When the European Union's regulations forced US companies to remove some tracking code from their sites for European visitors, USA Today's homepage shed 90 percent of its data size and loaded 15 times faster, as the designers at Mightybytes reported.

This Lab ‘Cooks’ With AI to Make New Materials

This Lab ‘Cooks’ With AI to Make New Materials

Sargent’s team discovered new ingredients for making ethylene by using new AI and supercomputer-driven techniques that have been gaining popularity among materials scientists in the past decade.Ted Sargent uses electrical setups like these to chemically upgrade carbon dioxide into useful materials at the University of Toronto.

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

The bushfires also caused a spike in carbon monoxide readings earlier in the year and last month NIWA scientists documented ash deposits on the South Island glaciers originating from the Australian fires.

A New, Plastic-Busting Enzyme Can Break Down Water Bottles

A New, Plastic-Busting Enzyme Can Break Down Water Bottles

For natural materials, breaking down isn't an issue, as microbes have evolved ways of digesting them to obtain energy or useful chemicals.The microbes that currently digest PET break down that ring as well, making them unsuitable for recycling.

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

In the past couple of years, some Republicans have broken ranks with their party to support a tax on carbon emissions —perhaps because the climate is becoming more salient with voters, perhaps as a foil to the more radical Green New Deal, or perhaps to, you know, do something to stop global warming .

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.