2021

Hurricane Ida Shows Why We Urgently Need Bold, Just and Equitable Climate Action

Union of Concerned Scientists

More catastrophic storms are coming. Climate Change climate change Hurricane Ida

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Climate Change Adaptation Lessons from Freezing Texas

Environmental and Urban Economics

This blog post will sketch out some optimistic economics 101 lessons for how to reduce the risk of future Texas power blackouts without building a single new power plant.

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Perspective: More Attention Needed on Freshwater Biodiversity

Circle of Blue

Freshwater species are dying off and decreasing in abundance. Yet conservation funding centers on lands and oceans. Boats ply the waters of the Mekong River Delta, near Can Tho, Vietnam.

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Protecting Earth: If ‘Nature Needs Half,’ What Do People Need?

Yale E360

The campaign to preserve half the Earth’s surface is being criticized for failing to take account of global inequality and human needs. But such protection is essential not just for nature, but also for creating a world that can improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. Read more on E360

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Sensing gravity, the quantum way

Physics World

Much of quantum technology is linked to computing. It is easy to imagine how a better, more powerful computer, capable of solving complex problems, could be useful. But what is a computer, after all, if not a data-processing machine.

An Unexpected Source of Mercury: Greenland’s Glaciers

IEAM Blog

By Roberta Attanasio, IEAM Blog Editor Greenland. Credit: Rene Schwietzke (CC BY 2.0). Greenland, the largest island in the world not considered its own continent, lies above the Arctic Circle with the exception of its Southern tip.

2021 – Open Science Is Saving Lives

Frontier Sin

Kamila Markram, CEO and Co-founder. A year ago, I wrote about the strength of the human spirit that saw all of us come together as we rose before the challenge in front of us.

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OUR ENVIRONMENT & OUR BODIES: ORGAN FAILURE

Cleannovate

There’s a silent epidemic around us: an organ failure epidemic. Public and private hospitals are teeming with patients both young and old with diverse types of organ complications. But such an increase in health challenges are not without cause and for the most part, we lay the blame on lifestyle. Though plausible, some cases beg for more questions since the patients lead a clean lifestyle free of junk food, intoxication and are in many ways active.

Infrastructure Investment Microeconomics

Matthew E. Kahn

A few thoughts about the pending Infrastructure Bill. What Criteria Will be Used to Allocate the Money? An efficiency criteria would state that it should be allocated to those places and on those projects within such places that offer the greatest economic and quality of life impact. Before we make such irreversible investments, how do we know what these effects will be? Is the public ready for spatial general equilibrium models to guide this prospective work?

Global Debt Reaches a Record $226 Trillion

IMFBlog

By Vitor Gaspar , Paulo Medas , and Roberto Perrelli. Policymakers must strike the right balance in the face of high debt and rising inflation.

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Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support

Environmental Leader

As support grows to reduce waste, the plastic recycling industry is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the next few years. The post Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

The Revealed Preference of Porch Pirates

Environmental and Urban Economics

A case study about petty crime. A risk neutral thief will steal if the expected benefits are greater than the expected cost. The expected cost of theft (for those without a guilty conscience) equals the probability of detection multiplied by the $ punishment if caught. The expected benefits depend on what the person steals. What is the resale value of the object? How much does the thief value the object if he doesn't sell it. This background now allows me to tell my story.

How do Flying Fish “Fly”?

Ocean Conservancy

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … fish? Although most fish don’t take to the skies, flying fish are one spectacular exception (kind of). Read on to see how flying fish get their distinctive name and learn more fun facts about this small but impressive species. See more wonderful ocean animals!

Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes

Yale E360

Faced with worsening floods and a shortage of housing, the Netherlands is seeing growing interest in floating homes. These floating communities are inspiring more ambitious Dutch-led projects in flood-prone nations as far-flung as French Polynesia and the Maldives. Read more on E360

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Entangling a live tardigrade, radiation warning on anti-5G accessories

Physics World

Tardigrades are tiny organisms that can survive extreme environments including being chilled to near absolute zero.

Utah’s Water Dilemma

Circle of Blue

Utah’s Water Dilemma Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply. Brett Walton, Circle of Blue November 29, 2021.

Catholic Bishops in the US Largely Ignore the Pope’s Concern About Climate Change, a New Study Finds

Inside Climate News

Researchers at Creighton University reviewed more than 12,000 pastoral communications by the bishops. Only several dozen of those writings said a warming climate was real.

Can the US Survive California’s Drought?

Union of Concerned Scientists

California's drought is a national and international crisis. Climate Change California California drought climate change impacts disadvantaged communities Drought groundwater Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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WHY A PhD MATTERS OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

Cleannovate

Is a PhD useful outside the walls of a university? For ages, this qualification has been touted as the gold standard for research practitioners. PhD holders are not only expected to research on new ways of solving problems but also teach students in university. But what options do they have when universities seem to be downsizing instead of employing? Well, the real question should be whether PhD graduates can work outside universities.

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When and why did human brains decrease in size 3,000 years ago? New study may have found clues within ants

Frontier Sin

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Yongkiet Jitwattanatam/Shutterstock.com. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Now, a new study has brought us closer to understanding some of its evolution.

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Global Crypto Regulation Should be Comprehensive, Consistent, and Coordinated  

IMFBlog

The IMF’s mandate is to safeguard the stability of the international monetary and financial system, and crypto assets are changing the system profoundly. By Tobias Adrian , Dong He , and Aditya Narain. Crypto assets and associated products and services have grown rapidly in recent years.

A Nobel pursuit

Real Climate

Klaus Hasselmann and Suki Manabe. Last week, the Nobel physics prize was (half) awarded to Suki Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for their work on climate prediction and the detection and attribution of climate change.

Why Climate Economics Continues to Succeed

Environmental and Urban Economics

A blog post that responds to Noah Smith's provocative piece titled Why Has Climate Economics Failed Us? It raises a deep question. What is the point of climate economics research? I will respond below. Dr. Smith's piece also throws some low blows. My friend Richard Tol is singled out for reasons I don't understand. Go to Professor Tol's Google Scholar webpage and read his work. First, a preamble. I am a microeconomist. I do not write down Integrated Assessment Models.

TeamSeas Will Be Transformational for Our Ocean—Let’s Go!

Ocean Conservancy

Today YouTubers MrBeast, Mark Rober and thousands of other creators are joining together to launch TeamSeas, a crowd-funded campaign with the goal of raising $30 million dollars by January 1 to remove 30 million pounds of trash from rivers, beaches and our ocean.

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Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Yale E360

Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean. Read more on E360

Quantum entanglement of two macroscopic objects is the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year

Physics World

Quantum technology has made great strides over the past two decades and physicists are now able to construct and manipulate systems that were once in the realm of thought experiments. One particularly fascinating avenue of inquiry is the fuzzy border between quantum and classical physics.

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Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use

Environmental Leader

Wind and Solar sources help continue growth in US renewable energy use. The post Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Solar & Renewable Energy

The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was In The Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns

Inside Climate News

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.

Will the Biden Administration Take Down America’s Meat Cartel?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Biden administration poised to break exploitive power of Big Meat and Big Chicken, including Tyson Foods. Food and Agriculture meatpacking Packers and Stockyards Act Tyson Tyson Foods USDA

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KABLA KUNYOOSHA MKONO…

Cleannovate

Manzee mezesha moja sitawahi rada ni hii risto ya vile utu umelost kwa society Kenya hii. Na sitastart kutupia mapolitrickcian blame sababu hiyo mtindo haiwesmake. Lakini haimaanishi eti hawana blame. Hebu tucheki risto ya KEMSA ndio tuingize akili. Ni Kenya tu ndio mawadhii incognito wanaweza kupiga kaletha kwa ofee ya gava na wakalaza tender ya mamita. Kabla tuanze kumzushia politrickcian, huyu muthii ametudondoa mamita kupitia biarasha ya udingo ni nani? Sio wewe au mimi?

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Surprising discovery in Arctic songbird may reveal how it survives challenging migrations

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D Coan, science writer. Snow buntings in winter. Image: Mircea Costina/Shutterstock.com. There is still much to learn about how Arctic migratory birds adjust their physiology during different phases of their life. For example, between winter and summer habitats, or during migration.

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The G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments Must Be Stepped Up

IMFBlog

By Kristalina Georgieva and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. With the debt service suspension initiative expiring and interest rates poised to rise, low-income countries will find it increasingly difficult to service their debts.

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The definitive CO2/CH4 comparison post

Real Climate

There is a new push to reduce CH 4 emissions as a possible quick ‘win-win’ for climate and air quality. To be clear this is an eminently sensible idea – as it has been for decades (remember the ‘ Methane-to-markets’ initiative from the early 2000s?),

The Resurgent Consumer City by Fall 2021

Environmental and Urban Economics

I really like Paul Krugma n's NY Times piece from today. It focuses on his predictions about the short term future of cities. Here is a quote from the Nobel Laureate. "So So the best bet is that life and work in, say, 2023 will look a lot like life and work in 2019, but a bit less so.

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Meet the 7 Longest Living Ocean Animals

Ocean Conservancy

What is the secret to living a long life? Often centenarians will share their secrets, including eating oatmeal each day, staying single, exercising or having a positive outlook on life.

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Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move

Yale E360

Solar farms are proliferating on undeveloped land, often harming ecosystems. But placing solar canopies on large parking lots offers a host of advantages — making use of land that is already cleared, producing electricity close to those who need it, and even shading cars. Read more on E360

Physics World announces its finalists for the 2021 Breakthrough of the Year

Physics World

One of the highlights in the Physics World calendar is the announcement of our Breakthrough of the Year, which will be made this year on Tuesday 14 December. Today, we are revealing the 10 finalists for 2021, which serves as a shortlist from which we will pick the winner.

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