Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil

Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil

A spokesperson for the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy told WIRED the government is exploring a range of options, including extending the operation of coal-fired power stations that are due to close in September.

It’s a Perfect Time for EVs. It’s a Terrible Time for EVs

It’s a Perfect Time for EVs. It’s a Terrible Time for EVs

Pandemic supply chain woes, production crunches, and congressional waffling about the future of electric subsidies have crashed into new challenges tied to the economic sanctions of Russia .Meanwhile, the nations that control global oil and gas supplies hadn’t yet ramped up the production they cut during the depths of the pandemic.

The Race to Rescue Ukraine’s Power Grid From Russia

The Race to Rescue Ukraine’s Power Grid From Russia

The test was years in the making, one of the final rituals in a drawn-out courtship between the Ukrainian and European power grids known as “synchronization.” But before it could join with Europe, Ukrenergo first had to prove it could keep the lights on without its connections to Belarus and Russia—in “island mode.” The plan was to reconnect with its neighbors after a few days.

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

New research from the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate and NIWA shows that New Zealand could experience very long and “very severe” marine heatwaves by the end of the century.

Ukraine Is in an Environmental Crisis Too

Ukraine Is in an Environmental Crisis Too

The health effects of these kinds of wartime incidents are likely to be felt long after the physical conflict subsides, says Doug Weir, director of research and policy at the UK-based Conflict and Environment Observatory.

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

“That’s certainly something I think the Russians would make an effort to avoid doing, not only because they don’t want to contaminate the country they’re trying to occupy—but, also, Ukraine needs electricity from those plants,” says Ed Lyman, senior global security scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists and coauthor of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.

In Alaska, Beavers Are Engineering a New Tundra

In Alaska, Beavers Are Engineering a New Tundra

“Nearby that one is another one, about five miles out is another one, and that’s just one little area.” Harris (Inupiaq) was born in 1957 and spent his childhood across Kotzebue Sound in Sisualik.

The US Refuses to Fall in Love With Electric Cars

The US Refuses to Fall in Love With Electric Cars

At the same time in China, the country’s automotive industry announced that EV sales for the year had ballooned by 158 percent compared with 2020, as more than 3.5 million vehicles took to the roads.

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

Changing tastes and the popularity of man-made fibers means there’s a surfeit of strong wool in New Zealand—an estimated 1 million tons is stored waiting for the prices to improve—but 26-year-old inventor Logan Williams, and his company Shear Edge, is hoping to make the most of this increasingly ignored material by chopping it up and using it to make boats, knives, fencing, and just about anything that’s currently made using plastic.

African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

African Voices Must Lead the Global Climate Conversation

As bodies such as the IPCC focus on how climate change is already affecting people and what we must do to adapt, Africa cannot be left out.

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

And while extreme events will continue to happen with greater frequency, what will also start to become common are “episodic low- to no-snow” events, when at least half of a mountain basin experiences low snow or none for five consecutive years.

US Wins Appeal to Extradite Julian Assange

US Wins Appeal to Extradite Julian Assange

In the good news department, Microsoft this week said it seized domains used by a Chinese hacking group , the latest in a series of actions by the company that have cumulatively resulted in over 10,000 sites being taken down.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

“We’re not suggesting that we don’t need those new high-voltage lines carrying renewables from the Dakotas or West Texas to urban areas,” Gilmer says, alluding to two of the nation’s most productive areas for wind power.

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

When Saikou Demba was a young man starting out in the hospitality business, he opened a little hotel on the Gambian coast called the Leybato and ran a beach bar on the wide expanse of golden sand.

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda.The Fiat became the centerpiece of a nine-year campaign in which Hauge and members of A-ha drove the car on Norway’s toll roads without paying.

Inside the Negotiations to Decide the Fate of Our Planet

Inside the Negotiations to Decide the Fate of Our Planet

“It is a lot of work,” says Agripina Jenkins Rojas, a Costa Rican negotiator who is representing the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries together known as AILAC in talks on transparency at COP26.

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

Thursday’s hearing was prompted by a series in The Wall Street Journal based on a trove of leaked internal research, and one story in particular: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The hearing was styled as a cross between Watergate—what did Facebook know, and when did it know it?—and the corporate exposés of yesteryear.

No, Lovecraft Country Didn't Need a Second Season

No, Lovecraft Country Didn't Need a Second Season

In the seventh episode of Lovecraft Country , a Black woman, surrounded by a sea of glowing equations, scribbles frantically as she works out the fix for a machine that will soon warp her across dimensions of space and time.

In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

Apparently driven by a number of faceless bots, and retweeted by a series of sock puppet accounts, the deluge of tweets cast suspicion on both the competence and integrity of senior High Court of Kenya judges that had just shot down the Constitutional Amendments Bill of 2021.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Gamble Is Off to a Rocky Start

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Gamble Is Off to a Rocky Start

A former child actor, and current tech investor and notorious Burner, Pierce led a delegation of crypto entrepreneurs in June to the Central American country, following president Nayib Bukele’s announcement that El Salvador would adopt bitcoin as its legal tender, in addition to the US dollar, starting on September 7, 2021.

It’s the warmest winter on record - again

It’s the warmest winter on record - again

NIWA meteorologist Nava Fedaeff also said there were 76 locations across the country that experienced a record or near-record warm winter.To put this winter’s record warmth in perspective, Ms Fedaeff delved into historic weather records and found that the last time New Zealand experienced a similar sequence of events was 50 years ago.

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

More institutions and companies are now mandating vaccinations , particularly since the FDA granted Pfizer and BioNTech’s shot full approval.Pfizer and BioNTech have struck a new deal with Eurofarma, a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, to make doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in and for Latin America.

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

As for where this lockdown phenomenon is being felt the most, warmer than average days have been happening across the North Island, the top of the South Island and about Otago.

Novels for Nature Lovers: The Climate Edition

Novels for Nature Lovers: The Climate Edition

These writers weave eco-anxiety into their stories, but no two novels are the same: There are mythical creatures, disappearing body parts, children galavanting through post-apocalyptic wastelands, and a dangerous flu that enables people to communicate with animals.

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

Want to Slash Carbon Emissions? Start With These Power Plants

If we had a global inventory of emissions and production from every power plant, we could use that data to identify the worst offenders and make a target list for efficiently lowering our carbon output.

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

Mr Noll says the last few weeks have been substantially warmer than average across the country prompted by warm sea temperatures in the western Pacific fuelling northerly low pressure systems bringing warm air to New Zealand.

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Researchers trace new variants in Africa, cases surge in India, and US vaccine rollout progresses even with snags.Scientists in Africa race to find new variants in areas where testing lags.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.