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Jul 11, 2019

Small Temperature Bumps Can Cause Big Arctic Methane Burps

Posted by in category: biological

Warming can encourage the growth of microbes in permafrost that produce more greenhouse gases.

  • By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News on July 10, 2019

Jul 11, 2019

Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

A roadblock to sustainable energy solutions is coming unstuck.

  • By Andrea Thompson on July 1, 2019

Jul 11, 2019

A Special Class of Proteins Offers Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzheimer’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

New possibilities for treating cancer and other ills.

  • By Elizabeth O’Day on July 1, 2019

Jul 11, 2019

A 550 km-long mass of sargassum seaweed is heading for the pristine beaches of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Posted by in category: economics

But now much of the coast is covered in heaps of rotting seaweed, contributing to an economic and ecological crisis.

The issue has been caused by an enormous bloom of sargassum algae, which washed ashore from the nearby Sargasso Sea. There has long been sargassum in that part of the ocean. But the rate of its growth has increased rapidly in recent years – so much so that in 2018 its summer bloom almost spanned the Atlantic from West Africa to the Caribbean.

And things are set to get even worse.

Jul 11, 2019

Massive reforestation is key to averting a climate catastrophe

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

The study also suggests that reforesting such a large area wouldn’t impact our capacity for growing and farming food.

Jul 11, 2019

Blockchain and carbon offsetting can help cities reduce emissions – but sometimes simpler is best

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, climatology, government

Carbon offsetting initiatives have been offered by private companies – including British Airways and Shell – for many years. These voluntary schemes give customers the choice to pay a premium, on the understanding that the company will offset some greenhouse gas emissions. Since carbon offsetting became an option, projects around the world have resulted in a saving of approximately 994m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) equivalent. But given that global CO₂ levels in 2018 were 33.1Gt, it’s fair to say that a lot more could be done.

The UK could become net zero emissions tomorrow if the government wished, but it would cost the tax payer dearly. In 2017, the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 460m tonnes. If, for example, the government used the Gold Standard offsetting scheme, at an average cost of £10/tonne, that would amount to an astonishing £4.6 billion bill. Most would agree this would be an excessive cost for the government to bear, and anyway the public, private and third sectors should share responsibility for tackling emissions.

Local authorities have an important role to play in meeting this target, given their ability to work with residents, charities and businesses to make meaningful changes at a local level. Some local authorities are leading the way by setting ambitious targets: Liverpool City Council aims to become the UK’s first “climate positive” city by the end of 2020. The council has formed a partnership with a private sector organisation – the Poseidon Foundation – to achieve this through carbon offsetting.

Jul 11, 2019

A Chinese professor explains what air pollution does to your health

Posted by in categories: health, sustainability

Air pollution is a severe public health risk in many places around the world. At the forefront of the issue is China, which has made remarkable progress against poor air quality in recent years.

Jul 11, 2019

Reno Corporate Retreat Facility by The Grove Reno

Posted by in category: futurism

My wedding with Genevieve O’Hagan has been confirmed for Sunday, August 25 with festivities starting at 2 PM and everything ending by 8 PM. The wedding and reception will be held at The Grove at 95 Foothill Road, Reno, NV 89511. Their phone number is (775) 324‑7683. Their website is.

This will be a rare opportunity to meet with other Lifeboat people! You will also get to meet the mastermind behind everything at Lifeboat:

Jul 11, 2019

In drought-hit Delhi, the haves get limitless water, the poor fight for every drop

Posted by in category: futurism

Delhi was the second driest it has been in 26 years in June, and recorded its highest ever temperature for the month at 48 degrees Celsius on June 10.

By Mayank Bhardwaj

NEW DELHI, July 7 (Reuters) — In this teeming capital city of more than 20 million people, a worsening drought is amplifying the vast inequality between India’s rich and poor.

Jul 11, 2019

Experts cite benefits, challenges of further space exploration

Posted by in category: space travel

SAN FRANCISCO – The United States has the advanced technology and capable workforce it needs for further space exploration. However, it lacks the focus and prioritization that assured the success of the Apollo program, Apollo flight director Gene Kranz told Senators July 9.

“We have an administration that is strongly supportive of space and willing to provide the resources,” Kranz said July 9 at a Senate Commerce science and transportation subcommittee hearing. “We have an agency charted to do the mission, top level leadership in place and a very capable workforce. But each of the segments are philosophically divided on the goal.” Without greater unity, the U.S. space exploration program “will be grounded,” he added.

Kranz was one of the NASA veterans and industry leaders who discussed the Apollo program and the benefits and challenges of future missions at the hearing, “NASA Exploration Plans: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.”