Climate

Radio Corona: so what about climate change?

In this episode of Radio Corona, we ask what the coronavirus pandemic means for efforts to combat climate change. We will also be taking your questions on this subject. James Temple, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for energy, will be joined by Jane Flegal, program officer with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Environment Program;…

Podcast: Yes, you can blame climate change for bad weather

Deep Tech is a new subscriber-only podcast that brings alive the people and ideas in our print magazine. Episodes will be released every two weeks. We’re making the first four installments, built around our 10 Breakthrough Technologies issue, available for free.“You can’t attribute any specific weather event to climate change.” For years, that was the…

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All over Europe, renewable installations are often located in protected areas Wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas, say researchers. Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth’s remaining wilderness. They say that…

Shipping emissions may be cooling the planet by modifying clouds

The idea of intervening in global warming by creating artificial clouds that are whiter and brighter, and therefore reflect more solar energy back into space and cool the planet, is one some scientists are giving plenty of consideration. A new study has shown how the world’s shipping routes are inadvertently serving up a live experiment,…

Exclusive: Boeing plans 737 MAX production restart by May

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) plans to restart 737 MAX production by May, ending a months-long halt triggered by a safety ban on its best-selling jet after fatal crashes, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field…

A lively history of smell, practical solutions for climate change, and big cats on the prowl: Books in brief

BOOK REVIEW 25 March 2020 Andrew Robinson reviews five of the week’s best science picks. SmellsRobert Muchembled (transl. Susan Pickford) Polity (2020)In 2014, a paper based on experiments with 26 people claimed that humans can discriminate between more than one trillion olfactory stimuli. Its mathematical model was heavily criticized; it’s more likely, as French historian…

A lively history of smell, practical solutions for climate change, and big cats on the prowl: Books in brief

BOOK REVIEW 25 March 2020 Andrew Robinson reviews five of the week’s best science picks. SmellsRobert Muchembled (transl. Susan Pickford) Polity (2020)In 2014, a paper based on experiments with 26 people claimed that humans can discriminate between more than one trillion olfactory stimuli. Its mathematical model was heavily criticized; it’s more likely, as French historian…

Kingdom of Frost Explores How Frozen Landscapes Shaped Humanity

Growing up in the Norwegian Arctic—one of the coldest places on Earth—journalist Bjørn Vassnes became fascinated with the natural sciences. Today, he pens a science column for one of Norway’s most popular daily newspapers and hosts the television science program Schrödingers katt (Schrödinger’s cat) on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. But it wasn’t until he began…

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