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Vacuuming carbon from the air could help stop climate change. Not everyone agrees
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Vacuuming carbon from the air could help stop climate change. Not everyone agrees

"Simply put, the idea is to absorb carbon dioxide emissions that have already accumulated in the atmosphere. Then, those emissions would be locked away in some kind of permanent storage, generally in underground geologic formations, so they don't escape to create more warming down the road. But despite carbon dioxide's power to heat the planet, it's very diffuse, making up less than 1% of the atmosphere. That makes it tricky to capture from the air in large quantities."

In defense of trees for climate action
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In defense of trees for climate action

"The fact remains that harnessing the power of nature to fight climate change is one of the greatest tools we have at our disposal. If implemented properly, natural climate solutions could account for more than one-third of the emissions reductions we need by 2030."

How does nuclear fusion work?
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How does nuclear fusion work?

Dr. Alastair Gunn writes in Science Focus about the basics of nuclear fusion. “[F]usion power could supply a clean, efficient and unlimited source of energy; it would require only water as a fuel (or lithium) and would produce only inert, non-toxic helium gas as a by-product.” Read the full article here.

Energy shift creates opening for ‘world’s largest batteries’
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Energy shift creates opening for ‘world’s largest batteries’

"Three projects have obtained licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but none are being built. Developers of a long-planned Oregon facility expect work to begin in 2023. A Montana company that got a license five years ago needs a utility to operate the plant and buy its storage capacity before construction starts."

Coastal disasters to cost $100B a year by 2100
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Coastal disasters to cost $100B a year by 2100

"The reports include an analysis of four federal expenditures that are expected to increase due to climate change, and they project future costs under several climate scenarios. Under each one, coastal disasters account for at least 75 percent of the total costs."

Can nuclear power secure a path to net zero?
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Can nuclear power secure a path to net zero?

"Nuclear power generation can be dialled up to cover gaps in supply from renewable sources, a job that coal and gas generators are often called upon to do now. Another low-carbon way to do this is to build batteries big enough to store the electricity generated by green sources."

How Nature Can Help Make Our Cities More Resilient To Flooding
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How Nature Can Help Make Our Cities More Resilient To Flooding

"In Auckland, half of the area studied by Arup was made up of green and blue spaces, which helped it achieve its high sponge rating. The only city snapshot to contain a greater proportion of green and blue spaces was Nairobi (52%), however Auckland’s more permeable soil helped to give it a higher overall 'sponginess.'"

When It Comes to Climate Change, Wealth Equals Adaptation
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When It Comes to Climate Change, Wealth Equals Adaptation

Ron Bailey of Reason writes on the latest U.N. climate report. “Again, when bad weather meets poverty, people die. The recipe for successfully adapting to climate change is continued economic growth and technological progress.” Read the full article here.

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