Climate Action World War III++?

User Peter L writes: Some groups taking “climate action” into their own hands, be they activists or governments, could lead to a war and potentially a world war as others attempt to use violence to stop their “climate action”. One can easily imagine scenarios where this grows out of control quickly. From MIT Technology Review…

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Researchers chart path to cheaper flexible solar cells

Public Release: 7-Feb-2019 Georgia Institute of Technology   There’s a lot to like about perovskite-based solar cells. They are simple and cheap to produce, offer flexibility that could unlock a wide new range of installation methods and places, and in recent years have reached energy efficiencies approaching those of traditional silicon-based cells. But figuring out…

Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century

Climate-driven changes in phytoplankton communities will intensify the blue and green regions of the world’s oceans From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world’s oceans, and a new MIT study finds that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean’s color, intensifying its blue…

Finally, Fusion Power Is About to Become a Reality

A very optimistic story from Medium. It’s long so I’m posting only a small excerpt.~ctm   Long considered a joke, or a pipe dream, fusion is suddenly making enormous leaps Brian Bergstein Jan 3 The idea first lit up Dennis Whyte when he was in high school, in the remote reaches of Saskatchewan, Canada, in…

'plug-and-play' CO2 Scrubbers

From MIT, while “plug-and-play” is cited, it’s just a paper. Getting the carbon out of emissions Proposed method could be more efficient than previous systems and easier to retrofit in existing power plants. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Many researchers around the world are seeking ways to “scrub” carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of fossil-fuel power…

MIT: The economic cost of increased temperatures

(This is not from Lindzen I’d like to see one titled “the economic cost of colder temperatures”, particularly on Agricultural effects) Study: Warming episodes hurt poor countries and limit long-term growth. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Even temporary rises in local temperatures significantly damage long-term economic growth in the world’s developing nations, according to a new study…