Insectageddon? Maybe not . . .

  Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Reading widely across the literature of many scientific fields broadens one’s view of the rate of scientific progress — both our increased knowledge and our “steps backwards”.  A recent piece in Nature Ecology & Evolution  represents both:  one of these advances and one of these “steps backwards”. The…

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Excess costs of UK Weather Dependent Renewable Energy: 2018

Reposted from edmhdotme Summary:  2018 using Renewable Energy Foundation data In 2018 UK Weather dependent renewables generated some 7.7 Gigawatts of power from an installed fleet of ~34 Gigawatts achieving a satisfactory overall capacity factor for Renewables of ~23%.  The installed fleet cost ~84£billion in capital costs with average costs of ~11£billion/Gigawatt produced in capital…

Climate change is making horses fat

From The Telegraph Climate change is making horses fat as it’s causing an abundance of grass to grow, top vet warns Brendan McFadden 29 November 2019 • 4:39pm Gillies Moffat, director of a veterinary centre in Hythe, Hampshire, said the wetter and warmer climate has meant the animal’s staple food has grown more rapidly than…

Three Graphs

News Brief by Kip Hansen — 30 November 2019   A recent study in Oceanography, the Official Magazine of The Oceanography Society, titled  “Atlantic warming since the Little Ice Age” [.pdf here], is interesting in its entirety, with an Abstract as follows:   “Radiocarbon observations suggest that the deep Atlantic Ocean takes up to several…

E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide

What could go wrong? ~cr From Nature Feat could turn bacteria into biological factories for energy and even food. The bacterium Escherichia coli has been engineered to grow by consuming carbon dioxide.Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL E. coli is on a diet. Researchers have created a strain of the lab workhorse bacterium — full name Escherichia coli…