7 Years Later, Google Engineers Revise Their Pessimistic Predictions on Climate Change
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Seven years ago two Google engineers concluded, after four years of study that “Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.” (The authors proposed a R&D portfolio pursuing “disruptive” solutions in hydro, wind, solar photovoltaics, and nuclear power, with one Slashdot reader asking “is nuclear going to be acknowledged as the […]

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Can Heat Pumps Change Demand for Air Conditioners Into a Climate-Change Win?
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The New York Times reports: As global warming fuels deadly heat waves across the country, more Americans in places like the Pacific Northwest are rushing out to buy air-conditioners for the first time. One common concern is that a surge in air-conditioning could make the planet even hotter, by increasing the need for electricity from […]

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Floating solar farms could help reduce impacts of climate change on lakes and reservoirs
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Lancaster UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2021 Floating solar farms could help to protect lakes and reservoirs from some of the harms of climate change, a new study suggests. However, given the complex nature of water bodies and differing designs of solar technologies, there could also be detrimental ecosystem impacts of deploying floating solar arrays. Conventional […]

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Are Texas Blackouts a Warning About the Follow-on Effects of Climate Change?
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This week in America, “continent-spanning winter storms triggered blackouts in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and several other states,” reports the New York Times. But that was just the beginning… One-third of oil production in the nation was halted. Drinking-water systems in Ohio were knocked offline. Road networks nationwide were paralyzed and vaccination efforts in 20 states […]

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New strategy to 'buffer' climate change: developing cheaper, eco-friendly solar cells
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Incheon, South Korea (SPX) Nov 12, 2020 Solar power is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional, non-renewable sources of energy. However, current solar panels require the use of toxic materials as buffers, which is not sustainable. To this end, a team of scientists in Korea developed a new eco-friendly alternative, called the ZTO buffer, which can […]

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