How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

(When contacted, Nintendo declined to comment on the discrepancy in reporting and instead pointed to its most recent CSR report which states that its renewable energy usage is now 44 percent.).

What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

“If there were no trees dying, I wouldn’t have a job,” says forest pathologist Mike McWilliams, who calls himself the unofficial tour guide of the massive fungus.McWilliams continues driving, following dirt roads deeper into the forest, where the trees become smaller and closer together.

A Powerful ISS Instrument Will Hunt for Minerals in Dusty Lands

A Powerful ISS Instrument Will Hunt for Minerals in Dusty Lands

“Nobody wants to go to the middle of the desert to figure out what soils are.” So Mahowald has been collaborating with NASA on the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation mission, or EMIT, which launches to the International Space Station next month.

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Greater Wellington Regional Council regularly assess sediment quality and seafloor community health in the subtidal areas of Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour) and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour).

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

For scientist Sophie Gilbert, who spent four recent summers tracking the movements of Sitka black-tailed deer in the Tongass National Forest in a project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that means notebooks with waterproof paper.

Guide explores the benefits of combating marine biofouling

Guide explores the benefits of combating marine biofouling

GloFouling Project Technical Analyst John Alonso, based in London, said the guide developed in partnership with NIWA will help each country deliver an economic analysis to understand the potential benefits of a policy to prevent or manage invasive aquatic species introduced by biofouling.

The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

Eighty-five miles from the small town of Moab, Utah, located on the Colorado Plateau in the southwest of the US, soil ecologist Rebecca Finger-Higgens is hopscotching on copper-toned sandstone to avoid stepping on the desert’s black, burnt-looking crust of soil.

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

But if people swapped 20 percent of their beef for mycoprotein, deforestation rates by 2050 would be half what they would be if beef consumption continued to rise as projected.“Part of the solution to this problem could be existing biotechnology,” says Florian Humpenöder, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and the lead author of the Nature paper.

The Pandemic Gave Scientists a New Way to Spy on Emissions

The Pandemic Gave Scientists a New Way to Spy on Emissions

For example, they can add up how much gasoline is being burned and how many fossil fuel power plants are running at a given time, to calculate how much carbon is being exhaled into the atmosphere.

Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects. What's the Holdup?

Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects. What's the Holdup?

The problem stems from a combination of factors: aging infrastructure, a discombobulated electrical grid that makes it difficult to get renewable energy from where it is produced to where it is needed, and the overwhelmed regulators responsible for approving the projects.

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

The rangers walking the beach tonight are part of a new monitoring effort, led by The Nature Conservancy, to gather information about the Western Pacific leatherbacks nesting in the Solomon Islands.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Mass Extinction in the Ocean

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Mass Extinction in the Ocean

Temperatures around the tropics shot up by 10 degrees Celsius and deep-sea currents slowed down, which starved the oceans of oxygen.In the other scenario, lower emissions keep temperature increases to just under 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Broken EV Chargers Could Stall the Electric Car Movement

Broken EV Chargers Could Stall the Electric Car Movement

The vast majority of electric vehicle drivers today do their charging at home, and the country has nearly 46,500 public fast chargers, which can typically charge a battery in 20 to 30 minutes, to fill in the gaps.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

Certification gives participating nutrient service providers “a competitive advantage,” says Peyton Harper, senior manager of stewardship and sustainability at The Fertilizer Institute, because “growers are very interested in working with retailers that can recommend all kinds of practices,” including 4R practices that minimize nutrient runoff while also maintaining agricultural productivity.

Biofuels Are Getting a Second Look—and Some Tough Questions

Biofuels Are Getting a Second Look—and Some Tough Questions

The RFS was supposed to reduce reliance on fuel imports and lessen the environmental impact of the transportation sector, but when it was introduced some scientists warned that it might end up increasing overall emissions.

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project a “rare opportunity” to study effects of Tonga eruption

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project a “rare opportunity” to study effects of Tonga eruption

In a rare opportunity to improve understanding of the nature and impact of a major volcanic eruption, NIWA scientists are sailing to Tonga to survey the ocean around the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai (HT–HH) volcano and surrounding regions.

Biden Invokes the Defense Production Act to Fix the Lithium Shortage

Biden Invokes the Defense Production Act to Fix the Lithium Shortage

On Thursday, the Biden Administration said it would invoke the Defense Production Act in a bid to ensure that lithium supply comes from the US—along with other important battery minerals, like graphite, nickel, cobalt, and manganese.

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

His startup builds on earlier science, which found that feeding cattle a particular kind of algae—Asparagopsis taxiformis, to be specific—could reduce their methane burps by 80 percent or more.

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain Too

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain Too

A 2020 study in the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering that Becker coauthored found that of 85 US maritime infrastructure engineers who responded to a survey, only 29 percent said their organizations had a policy or planning document for sea level rise, let alone had acted on one.

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

But a hidden crisis is unfolding too: The carbon emitted by war machines is helping warm the planet at a critical moment in human history, when every day not spent decarbonizing adds to the compounding misery of climate change.

Gender-Based Violence Is a Conservation Issue: How to Respond?

Gender-Based Violence Is a Conservation Issue: How to Respond?

However, thanks to efforts from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and USAID’s AGENT collaboration and increased information sharing across our field, we have better access to research, tools, and resources to mitigate and respond GBV in our conservation programs.

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Mess With Ships’ Radar Signals

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Mess With Ships’ Radar Signals

It turns out that massive wind turbines may interfere with marine radar systems, making it risky for both big ships passing through shipping channels near offshore wind farms and smaller vessels navigating around them.

Cities Are Unlikely Yet Powerful Weapons to Fight Climate Change

Cities Are Unlikely Yet Powerful Weapons to Fight Climate Change

Today, some three and a half billion people are highly vulnerable to the ravages of climate change—rising seas , heat waves , droughts , wildfires .“One of the most striking conclusions in our report is that we're seeing adverse impacts being much more widespread, and being much more negative than expected in prior reports,” said coauthor Camille Parmesan of the University of Plymouth and University of Texas at Austin, speaking at a Sunday press conference announcing the findings.

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

NIWA scientists and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have used satellite technology to chart the Cook Islands’ seafloor in never-before-seen detail.The work was done as part of Seabed 2030 - a collaborative project to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.

Sea Level Rise Will Be Catastrophic—and Unequal

Sea Level Rise Will Be Catastrophic—and Unequal

Last week, a group of federal agencies released a report detailing the dire state of sea level rise in the United States: On average, it projects up to 12 additional inches in the next 30 years, the same amount that the country has seen in the last century.

Why Cities Want Old Buildings Taken Down Gently

Why Cities Want Old Buildings Taken Down Gently

Christensen thinks of Good Wood, which also remills and sells the reclaimed lumber, as a kind of modern and sustainable forestry company, without the felling trees part.

How Preserving Agave Could Help Save an Endangered Bat

How Preserving Agave Could Help Save an Endangered Bat

The land is now so heavily grazed and degraded that the agaves are disappearing or are consumed by the cattle before they can flower, threatening another important denizen of the desert scrub, the endangered Mexican long-nosed bat.

Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

Can You Be an NFT Artist and an Environmentalist?

The Bitcoin and Ethereum platforms operate on a principle called “proof of work” (PoW), in which computers solve complex puzzles to verify a transaction, for which that computer (or “miner”) is then rewarded with some amount of the cryptocurrency.

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

Lately I have been trying to get through the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's big report, the one that came out late last year, called “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” It's a challenge because (a) I must, um, learn as I go, and (b) the PDF is nearly 4,000 pages of aggregated, footnoted, illustrated scientific consensus about weather.