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More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate ...

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Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting

Supported by Brazil Backs Out of Hosting 2019 Climate Change Meeting Image Illegal gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon, where deforestation is on the rise.CreditCreditMeridith Kohut for The New York Times By Ernesto Londoño and Lisa Friedman Nov. 28, 2018 RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil this week pulled out of ...

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IPCC Report: We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

On Sunday night, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dropped an urgent report on the state of global warming. Simply put: The laws of the physical universe say that we can keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the optimistic goal set out in the Paris ...

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Nanotubes change the shape of water

First, according to Rice University engineers, get a nanotube hole. Then insert water. If the nanotube is just the right width, the water molecules will align into a square rod. Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his team used molecular models to demonstrate their theory that weak van der Waals ...

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How to Fight Climate Change: Figure Out Who’s to Blame, and Sue Them

How it used to go was, after some extreme weather event, reporters would ask Climate McScientist, PhD whether the flood/drought/hurricane/disease outbreak/wildfire/superstorm happened because of climate change. Dr. McScientist would pat the reporter on the head and say: Well, of course, one can never ascribe any single weather event to a ...

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Polar vortex defies climate change in the Southeast U.S.

Overwhelming scientific evidence has demonstrated that our planet is getting warmer due to climate change, yet parts of the eastern U.S. are actually getting cooler. According to a Dartmouth-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, the location of this anomaly, known as the “U.S. warming hole,” is a moving target. During ...

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