Climate

Steve June 23, 2021

By John Upton and Clarisa Diaz To address global warming the White House has stated that president Biden’s green energy plan aims to set the US on a course toward achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. If achieved, it would mean the country that currently ranks as the world’s worst historical climate polluter would stop adding […]

Steve June 23, 2021

A team of international lawyers has unveiled a definition of “ecocide” that, if adopted, would treat environmental destruction on a par with crimes against humanity. After six months of deliberation, a panel of experts yesterday published the core text of a legal document that would criminalise “ecocide” if taken on by the International Criminal Court […]

Steve June 23, 2021

As India reels from a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new horror is plaguing people there. Some COVID-19 patients “go home only to come back to the hospital with a damaged nose, swollen cheeks and so on,” says SP Kalantri, a physician at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Sevagram, […]

Steve June 23, 2021

“I’m going back. It’s almost like a cycle in your life,” muses physicist Abhay Ram. Ram, a principal research scientist at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) at MIT, is returning to a field he first embraced as a graduate student at the Institute 50 years ago: quantum mechanics. Funded by the U.S. Department […]

Steve June 23, 2021

Comment: More than a hundred countries have set or are considering net zero targets. Climate Action Tracker has ten tests to sort the green from the greenwash The last two years have seen a wave of national net zero target announcements. A total of 131 countries have now adopted, announced or are considering net zero […]

Steve June 22, 2021

In Brief: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest spacecraft to monitor sea surface height, releases its first science measurements to users. After six months of check-out and calibration in orbit, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will make its first two data streams available to the public on June 22. It launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base […]

Steve June 22, 2021

Grace Moore ’21, a recent graduate of the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), is the first from MIT to receive the prestigious Michel David-Weill Scholarship, which provides funding for graduate study at Sciences Po in Paris, France. The scholarship carries an approximate monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses.   The scholarship’s eponym, […]

Steve June 22, 2021

Clean energy and electric vehicle incentives are being cut from the US president’s flagship $2 trillion American jobs plan to win conservative support Joe Biden’s climate ambition risks being significantly downgraded as the US president seeks Republican support to pass his flagship infrastructure bill. Biden appears to lack the party unity to push through his […]

Steve June 21, 2021

The tide is turning against Louisiana’s proposed $2 billion Mississippi River sediment diversion project, that supporters say is needed to save the coast from rapid land loss due to subsidence, damage done by the oil and gas industry, extreme weather events, and sea level rise quickened by climate change. The proposed Mid-Barataria sediment diversion project, is a […]

Steve June 21, 2021

Comment: As a biology and chemistry student I love London’s Science Museum, but its acceptance of oil sponsorship for a climate change exhibition is inexcusable On Saturday the 19 June a group of 20 activists, mostly scientists and young people, attempted to occupy the Science Museum in London. We did this in protest at the […]

Steve June 21, 2021

It’s been a bumpy start for the new kid on the block. Such have been the teething problems of Britain’s youngest news channel that there’s already a dedicated Twitter account posting clips of the gaffes and technical hitches besetting its programmes. The channel has also been subject to an advertising boycott from some major brands, […]

Steve June 19, 2021

Glacial ice records all manner of precious information about the planet’s environmental history, but it is melting fast. The Ice Memory project is scrambling to extract samples for posterity before it’s too late Earth 16 June 2021 By James Dacey A drilling site on the Corbassière glacier Riccardo Selvatico MARGIT SCHWIKOWSKI and her team were […]