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Fertilizing the Ocean to Store Carbon Dioxide

The urgent need to remove excess carbon dioxide from Earth’s environment could include enlisting some of our planet’s smallest inhabitants, according to an international research team led by Michael Hochella of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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Major Fires an Increasing Risk as the Air Gets Thirstier, Research Shows

Greater atmospheric demand for water means a dramatic increase in the risk of major fires in global forests unless we take urgent and effective climate action, new research finds.

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Engineers Use Quantum Computing to Develop Transparent Window Coating That Blocks Heat, Saves Energy

Cooling accounts for about 15 percent of global energy consumption. Conventional clear windows allow the sun to heat up interior spaces, which energy-guzzling air-conditioners must then cool down. 

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Clouds Less Climate-Sensitive Than Assumed

Cumulus clouds in trade-wind regions cover nearly 20 percent of our planet, producing a cooling effect.

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Reliable Planning Tool for the Emissions Path to Achieving the Paris Temperature Goal

The calculation method is based solely on observations rather than models and scenarios. According to the study, international climate policy has to become even more ambitious.

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Intelligent Drones to Make Wind Turbines Far More Efficient

A new research project at Aarhus University aims to develop intelligent, autonomous drones that can fly out to small and large wind farms and scan, detect and report any icing on the blades of the turbines.

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Old-Growth Trees More Drought Tolerant Than Younger Ones, Providing a Buffer Against Climate Change

A new analysis of more than 20,000 trees on five continents shows that old-growth trees are more drought tolerant than younger trees in the forest canopy and may be better able to withstand future climate extremes.

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Dusty Copper River Delta

Dust storms are common in dry, sandy places like the Sahara, but they also happen beyond the planet’s desert regions.

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Mauna Loa Awakens

The world’s largest active volcano—Hawaii’s Mauna Loa—has been quiet for the past four decades. But in November 2022, the volcano began to stir.

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Heatwaves Could Reduce the Survival of Coral Larvae and the Connectivity of Coral Populations in the Mediterranean Sea

Global climate change and, in particular, the warming of the oceans has caused the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to increase every year, with serious consequences for the stability and resilience of coral populations.

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