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Sparing the Land by Collecting Minerals at Sea
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Sparing the Land by Collecting Minerals at Sea

"In the end, the better question to ask is not whether humanity should collect deep-sea metals, but rather how. Before claiming that the cost of collecting nodules from the ocean floor is too high, researchers, activists, regulators, and companies should explore the degree to which operators can reduce impacts and define what obligations to hold industry accountable to. As such, calling for immediate moratoriums on deep-sea mining is not only premature, but a circumvention of constructive dialogue and negotiation."

Can scientists save your morning cup of coffee?
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Can scientists save your morning cup of coffee?

"Temperatures are rising and rainfall patterns shifting across South America, central Africa and South-East Asia, where most of the world’s coffee is grown. By the end of the century between 35% and 75% of the coffee-growing land in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer, could be unusable, according to a recent paper published in Science of the Total Environment by Cássia Gabriele Dias, an agricultural engineer at the Federal University of Itajubá, in Brazil."

The Florida Barrier Reef’s Last Stand
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The Florida Barrier Reef’s Last Stand

"If the reefs collapsed completely, it would be disastrous for the Florida Keys. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the reefs in Southeast Florida are valued at $8.5 billion and sustain 70,000 full- and part-time jobs. The barrier reef also protects the Keys from hurricanes and major storms by soaking up wave action."

Natural Gas Can Deliver Energy Justice and Climate Progress in Africa
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Natural Gas Can Deliver Energy Justice and Climate Progress in Africa

"Natural gas is central in delivering both energy justice and climate progress in African countries. Without it, there is a risk that the disparity in energy consumption will continue to grow. On a per capita basis, when excluding South Africa, consumption of energy in Sub-Saharan Africa is just 180 kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared to the United States’ 13,000 kWh and Europe’s 6,500 kWh. Expanding the supply of energy by leveraging natural gas ensures that demand that decarbonization does not come at the expense of inclusive economic development."

A Flawed Green City of the Future Holds a Secret to Taming Heat
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A Flawed Green City of the Future Holds a Secret to Taming Heat

"'Masdar City is dismissed because the tech side didn’t work. It's seen as an eccentric experiment of an oil-rich state,' says Sarah Moser, an assistant professor at McGill University in Canada who studies new cities. 'But what's simple and radical about it is that there’s almost no direct sunlight that reaches the pedestrian level.'"

An architect has found a way to build flood-proof homes
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An architect has found a way to build flood-proof homes

"A crew without much technical knowledge can manufacture and assemble the structures’ eight panels and the interior bamboo beams that support them on-site. Lari designed them so that homeowners can easily make repairsand even additions...If a flood is coming, homeowners can dismantle the structure’s bamboo skeleton from its permanent foundation and move it to higher ground. Bigger buildings, such as community centers, stand on stilts several feet high."

Why companies are racing to build the world’s biggest bug farm
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Why companies are racing to build the world’s biggest bug farm

"Insect start-ups hope large facilities will help them get their foot in the door with big buyers in the market for fish and livestock feed, pet food and fertilizer. 'If you are just [producing] a few tons or tens of tons you don’t exist,' said Antoine Hubert, co-founder of Ynsect,a French start-up that specializes in mealworms. 'This is why we have to design something pretty massive, because you need thousands of tons if not tens of thousands of tons to exist for a single buyer.'"

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