Net-zero carbon emissions won't be sustainable if social inequalities aren't addressed

The effects of climate change and mitigation are not just unequal between countries but also within countries.

Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute, UCL • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: carbon-emissions net-zero-emissions-2050 cop26 social-justice un-climate-change-conference

A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative-mitei chemical-engineering

Easy-to-make, ultra-low power electronics could charge out of thin air

Researchers have developed a new approach to printed electronics which allows ultra-low power electronic devices that could recharge from ambient light or

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials internet-of-things energy materials carbon

How a government-linked foundation could speed the spread of new clean-energy technologies

Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.

David M. Hart, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  innovation  climate-change  carbon  greenhouse-gases  energy-transition  philanthropy-and-nonprofits  innovation-and-invention  us-department-of-energy  process-of-innovation  foundations

Turning diamond into metal

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a new theoretical model.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics carbon research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering

The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change greenland arctic paleoclimate russia carbon-dioxide-co2 siberia arctic-warming sea-ice norway pliocene boreal-forest

Is the EU 'cheating' on its net-zero emissions plan? Here’s what the science says

'Carbon sinks' like forests and the soil have already been factored into the carbon budget – they should not be double-counted.

Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions net-zero carbon-budget emissions-targets global-carbon-budget

Britain needs to grow more trees – are sheep farms the answer?

New research finds forest regeneration on sheep pasture is an economically viable way to fight climate change.

Colin Osborne, Professor of Plant Biology, University of Sheffield • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reforestation rewilding sheep-farming carbon-offsets

Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

As the UK heads into a recession, here are some simple - and cheap - tips to reduce utility bills and make less of an impact on the planet.

Stephen McCarthy, Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus-2020 recession insulation carbon-footprint electricity-usage home-insulation-program electricity-bills home-heating

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