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World Shaken By ‘Terrifying’ Climate Science Report

The Dixie Fire is an active wildfire in Butte, Plumas and Lassen Counties, California, named after the road where it started. The  largest single wildfire in the state's history, by August 11 the fire had burned 505,413 acres (204,533 ha) and destroyed several small towns. Smoke from the Dixie Fire caused unhealthy air quality throughout the Western United States. August 8, 2021 (Photo courtesy CALFIRE) Creative Commons license via Flickr

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 9, 2021 (ENS) – Wildfires, drought, floods, extreme weather across the globe – climate change is already here – widespread, rapid and intensifying. Some of the changes now happening, such as sea level rise, are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years, warns a new expert report.

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New Nanoparticle Converts CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

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Futuristic power plants could function not as destructive sources of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2), but as a carbon-neutral closed loops. Instead of smokestacks that pump carbon emissions into the atmosphere, power plants of the future could capture all their waste CO2, converting it into fuel to power each plant.

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Climate Change Raises Mosquito-Borne Disease Risk

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Present-day climate change could result in the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases to new places or their return to areas where they have already been eradicated, scientists are warning, based on the largest-ever study of the mosquito evolutionary tree, going back 195 million years.

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EU Planes, Ships Struggle With Emissions

EU Planes Ships Struggle With Emissions

Aircraft made today are 80 percent more fuel efficient per passenger kilometer than those produced in the 1960s. But improving fuel efficiency to cut emissions and other gradual measures won’t be enough…

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Permafrost Not So Permanent Any More

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Global warming will thaw about 20 percent more permafrost than previously thought, scientists are warning, potentially releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Trending Discovery Clears CO2, Creates Energy

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The work of a chemistry professor in Florida who discovered a way to turn greenhouse gas into clean air and produce energy at the same time has attracted the most attention of all the thousands of science news items posted last year on EurekAlert!

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Europe’s ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

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To keep the EU competitive as renewables displace fossil fuels – shaking up global energy markets – the European Commission has proposed a new package of measures to “equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition.”

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Investors Assess Their Climate Risks

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Investors are being put on notice that some mutual funds and exchange traded funds labeled “sustainable,” “ecology,” “green” or “integrity” may actually have very high carbon footprints.

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CO2 Level Hits 15 Million-Year High

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Record high global levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, were measured in September at over 400 parts per million for the first time in 15 million years, jolting leaders into awareness that Earth’s climate is changing quickly.

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Carbon Budgets Ignore Trees on Farms

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Globally, 1.2 billion people depend on agroforestry farming systems, especially in developing countries, the World Bank calculates. Yet, trees on farms are not even considered in the greenhouse gas accounting framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Sustainability Takes Flight

Sustainability Takes Flight

Every day around the world, more than 100,000 civil aviation flights take off and land – safely for the most part. Now, the global agency responsible for overseeing civil aviation is working to improve the industry’s sustainability.

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Turning CO2 Into an Asset

TURNING CO2 INTO AN ASSET

As the climate heats up, scientists and engineers are finding new ways to lessen the impact of fossil fuel combustion on the climate – both by sequestering the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted and by producing electricity with this most prevalent greenhouse gas.

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Rio Summer Olympics ‘Embrace’ Sustainability

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A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Olympic Games were agreed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee as far back as 2013. The “Embrace” Rio 2016 plan is based on three pillars: Planet, People and Prosperity.

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