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The next big climate deadline is for meat and dairy

For years, climate scientists have called for a phase-out of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic global warming. Now, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of more than 200 environmental and agricultural scientists, we must also drastically reduce meat and dairy production — and fast. Global livestock emissions should peak by 2030 or sooner to meet the Paris climate agreement target of limiting the […]

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Sun might get us before atomic bombs do

What is it with scientists and clocks? Yes, determining the duration of phenomena is important to research, not to forget seemingly unconnected realms like navigation — Britain ruled the waves for centuries, thanks to John Harrison’s clock, accurate time-keeping being the key to determining longitude. Clocks also serve science as metaphor — start with Albert […]

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Climate Crisis: Carbon Emissions Budget is Now Tiny, Scientists Say

The carbon budget remaining to limit the climate crisis to 1.5C of global heating is now “tiny”, according to an analysis, sending a “dire” message about the adequacy of climate action. The carbon budget is the maximum amount of carbon emissions that can be released while restricting global temperature rise to the limits of the Paris agreement. […]

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15,000 Scientists Warn Society Could Collapse by 2100 Due to Climate Change

Ring the Alarm Scientists are again ringing alarm bells over climate change’s devastating effects on the planet — and this time, they’re saying the Earth’s rapidly changing environment may result in a global disaster of epic proportions by the end of the century. A new paper published in the journal BioScience has been co-signed by more than 15,000 scientists in 161 countries, and […]

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Fifty Years to Help Climate Scientists Turn Research Into Solutions With New Grants Program

San Francisco venture firm Fifty Years is launching a new grant-making initiative to fund scientists working to translate their research into products that can curb climate change, or help people adapt to and survive it. The initiative was inspired by one of the firm’s portfolio companies, a sustainable chemicals startup called Solugen, according to Fifty Years’ Special […]

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More snow and rain is falling in the Arctic

The Arctic is getting wetter. For a long time scientists could identify no trends in the amount of snow, rain and freezing rain across the region, but that’s now changed. A University of Alaska Fairbanks-led investigation has found statistically significant increases in precipitation on the order of 10% to 15% since 1950. It’s getting wetter […]

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Whales could be a valuable carbon sink, say scientists

Nature-based solutions to fight climate change take a holistic approach that promotes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation. While many efforts have focused on planting trees or restoring wetlands, researchers publishing in Trends in Ecology and Evolution on December 15 advocate for the importance of understanding the carbon sequestration potential of the planet’s largest animals — whales. […]

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Scientists Find The Possibly Oldest Living Tree In The World

Scientists have discovered an alerce tree in southern Chile in an ancient forest that could be over 600 years older than the so far oldest known living tree.

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