The US Can Halve Its Emissions by 2030—if It Wants To

The US Can Halve Its Emissions by 2030—if It Wants To

Different teams have modeled how exactly this decarbonization might play out—by rolling out more solar and wind energy, for example, and more electric vehicles —and landed on several paths to cutting emissions in half in the next eight years.

Discover the Benefits of Cover Crops Plus 4R Nutrient Management

Discover the Benefits of Cover Crops Plus 4R Nutrient Management

“What we’ve found is cover crops is a pretty easy way… and a cool practice that can help improve our 4Rs. They really contribute,” says Lisa Kubik, a farmer and the former Iowa Field Manager for the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, that worked with farmers from 2014 to 2021 to study the economic and environmental benefits of soil health practices.

The Next Challenge for Solid-State Batteries? Making Lots of Them

The Next Challenge for Solid-State Batteries? Making Lots of Them

Solid Power has designed what he describes as a uniquely manufacturable “flavor” of solid-state design that allows battery makers to reuse existing processes and equipment designed for lithium-ion batteries.Like their liquid-filled cousins, solid-state batteries require an anode , a cathode, and some way for ions to migrate between the two.

Let’s Get Our Shit Together—Literally

Let’s Get Our Shit Together—Literally

According to its 2020 annual report, in that year the company shipped 3,445 fecal microbiota transplantation treatments to more than 1,250 hospitals and clinics across the US.Animal poops are similarly prized by scientists as a window into an animal’s identity, diet, movements, stress state, sex, maturity, reproduction, habits, predator–prey relationships, overall health, pollution exposure, parasites, and microbiome.

Hotspot Watch 20 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 May 2022

As of 17 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of Waikato, northern Manawatū-Whanganui, much of the upper South Island, Banks Peninsula, and much of Otago.

This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die

This Is Where Dirty Old Cars Go to Die

Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research in Duisburg, Germany, believes that the fixation on third- or fourth-hand vehicle imports in the developing world can be a distraction from the main cause of vehicle pollution: 90 percent of cars worldwide are sold in Canada, China, Europe, and the United States.

Hotspot Watch 13 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 May 2022

As of 10 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of Waikato and Manawatū-Whanganui, and much of the upper South Island and Otago.

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

As of 3 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of the upper South Island, much of Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 29 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 29 April 2022

As of 26 April, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of the upper South Island, West Coast, Otago, and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

As of 19 April, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in parts of the West Coast, central Otago, and northern Southland.

Wikipedia Editors Are Ready to Stop Accepting Crypto Donations

Wikipedia Editors Are Ready to Stop Accepting Crypto Donations

More than 200 longtime Wikipedia editors have requested that the Wikimedia Foundation stop accepting cryptocurrency donations.Earlier this month, the Mozilla Foundation announced it would stop accepting cryptocurrencies that use the energy-intensive proof-of-work consensus process.

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

That shift is clear in a darn near uplifting paper that publishes today in the journal Nature: Modeling by an international team of scientists shows that if nations uphold their recent climate pledges, including those made at COP26, humanity may keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement.

A Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

A Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

By late February, the dam operators were releasing more than 400 acre-feet per hour into the lower river—enough water to flood 400 acres of grapes or almonds shin-deep.

Drought Is Threatening Hydropower in the Southwestern US

Drought Is Threatening Hydropower in the Southwestern US

It’s a different kind of dynamic,” Melavic told Ars. But Fox noted that the reservoirs really only have winter and fall to fill up again with precipitation.

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.

Hotspot Watch 31 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 31 March 2022

In the North Island, soil moisture levels were generally normal or above normal, for the time of year, with the exception of the Hauraki Plains in Waikato, the Kaipara District in Northland, and around New Plymouth in Taranaki.

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies use energy and produce greenhouse gases directly, of course—by operating offices and data centers , making products, and converting carbon-absorbing wilderness into wasteland.

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Dr Lauren Vargo from Victoria University of Wellington says the retreat that we're seeing is due to the majority of New Zealand’s glaciers losing mass most years over the past decade.

Why You (and the Planet) Really Need a Heat Pump

Why You (and the Planet) Really Need a Heat Pump

Or, in the winter, a heat pump can warm a building by operating as a sort of “reverse refrigerator,” extracting heat from even cold outdoor air and bringing it inside.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located in parts of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 4 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 4 March 2022

As of 2 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of western Northland, Auckland, northwest Waikato, Southland and the pockets of the coastal fringe of Clutha.

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

As of 22 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato.

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

“They are one of a handful of small mammals that are quintessential generalists,” says Bryan McLean, a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensborough who has studied deer mice for years.Climate may also be changing how deer mice breed and litter size.

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and central North Island.As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

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.

Europe Is in the Middle of a Messy Nuclear Slowdown

Europe Is in the Middle of a Messy Nuclear Slowdown

Its neighbor Belgium currently sources nearly 40 percent of its electricity from nuclear power but has committed to closing down its seven remaining reactors by 2025.Critics of Europe’s nuclear shutdowns say losing reliable sources of low-carbon energy is the last thing we should be doing when we need to reduce emissions.

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

As of 17 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map shown below indicates that dry conditions are now located in Nelson, southern and interior Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

Today NASA and NOAA dropped their annual analysis of global temperatures: Last year was tied with 2018 as the sixth-hottest ever, but cooler than 2020.The 2021 temperature drop “may be possibly due to a resumption of activity that produces aerosols in the atmosphere,” Schmidt said.

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Just wireless power beamed through the air by a router, much like Wi-Fi. The potential benefits for medical devices, sensors, cameras, and a host of other battery-powered gadgets are easy to grasp.