Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

While the black surfaces of solar panels absorb most of the sunlight that reaches them, only a fraction (around 15%) of that incoming energy gets converted to electricity. The rest…

Past river activity in northern Africa reveals multiple Sahara greenings

“By combining the sediment analyses with results from our computer simulation, we can now precisely understand the climatic processes at work to explain the drastic changes in North African environments…

Dust's excellent global adventure ends in California's Sierra Nevada

From the Scripps Institute: Saharan and Asian Dust, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California UCSD, NOAA study is the first to show that dust and other aerosols from one…

Friday Funny – a glass half hot or half cold?

Gordon Fulks writes in about this humorous headline showing how the media catastrophises even simple things like a pleasant weekend forecast: Hello Everyone: Just to provide a little balance to…

Climate change blamed for dead trees in Africa

“Rainfall in the Sahel has dropped 20-30 percent in the 20th century, the world’s most severe long-term drought since measurements from rainfall gauges began in the mid-1800s,” said study lead…

"Sahara Solar Breeders" don't sand a chance

Or, “how to make pie in the sky using our simple recipe”. From the New Scientist, making solar power is just as easy as building a few factories in the…