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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment
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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment

"Critics say that closing the plant will make meeting sustainability goals more difficult, and there is evidence to support that idea. When one of Indian Point’s two working reactors shut down permanently last summer, the share of the state’s power that came from gas-powered generators increased by several percentage points."

Here’s All the Climate Science You Missed So Far This Year
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Here’s All the Climate Science You Missed So Far This Year

Bloomberg Green’s Eric Roston reports on some of the important climate science stories that have happened this year. “Somehow there’s still good news—the adoption of renewables and electric vehicles, oil-industry introspection, even sweeter peaches (drought stress raises sugar production). With sustained effort, we might see the most important measures of planetary health improve. Global CO₂ emissions from energy...

Cooling homes without warming the planet
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Cooling homes without warming the planet

“'It’s clear when you look at the swath of the world that’s in the hot, humid tropics, there’s a growing middle class, and one of the first thing they’ll want to buy is an air conditioner,' Dorson says. 'Developing more efficient air conditioning systems is critical for the health of people and of our planet’s environment.'”

The Race To Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria
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The Race To Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria

Scott Carpenter of Forbes writes about the scientific race to develop plastic-eating enzymes. “The bacteria, Ideonella sakaiensis, was only able to eat a particular kind of plastic called PET, from which bottles are commonly made, and it could not do so nearly fast enough to mitigate the tens of millions of tons of plastic waste that enter...

A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
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A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air

"For direct air capture, MOFs are the best way we have of doing it that I see. For the carbon capture part of BECCS (or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, an emerging negative emissions technology), where you’re essentially growing trees or crops, combusting them for fuel, then capturing and sequestering that CO2, I think MOFs could also do the capture part better than any other material."

Green Energy Useless during Cold Snaps
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Green Energy Useless during Cold Snaps

“Solar power is even less reliable in severe weather conditions. Frigid temperatures are often associated with bright sunny skies, but the temperatures drop way down at night — you know, when there is no sunlight. Also, snow and ice often disable the panels.”

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