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Heat Pumps Heat Pumps United States Gas Pump
- Deploying residential heat pumps more widely across the United States has the potential to help reduce carbon pollution while also saving homeowners money, according to a new study by a University of Michigan researcher and colleagues. However, in most parts of the country the electricity grid will have to get cleaner and electric heat pumps will have to get cheaper before these devices become both environmentally and financially compelling, says Parth Vaishnav of the Center for Sustainable ... [Read More]

Source: phys.org

Biodiversity Cities Economy Nature Nbs Circular Economy
- Cities have an incredible opportunity to realign human interests with nature and its biodiversity. Due to the lockdowns of the past year, many people have found a renewed appreciation for green public space and blue skies. Now, some cities are leveraging the opportunity of stimulus measures to access resources to move towards a green and just recovery. Integrating the principles of circularity and custodianship of biodiversity can help achieve this goal. The relationship between biodiversity ... [Read More]

Source: greenbiz.com

Mortality Climate Emissions Dice Scc Studies
- ‒4 ‒4 ‒4 . It represents the marginal social damage from emitting one metric ton of carbon dioxide-equivalent at a certain point in time . According to standard economic theory, it represents the price that should be put on carbon dioxide to reduce emissions to socially optimal levels along the optimal emissions trajectory . The SCC has been highly influential in informing climate policy. For example, regulations with benefits totaling over $1 trillion in the United States have used the ... [Read More]

Source: nature.com

Emissions United States Data Shipping Report Carbon
- “Our report affirms that these retail giants’ dirty ocean shipping is fueling the climate crisis." Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the . This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration . Take a look around your home and you’ll likely find plenty of goods that traveled by cargo ship to your doorstep. A set of IKEA plates made in China. A dresser full of pandemic-era loungewear, ... [Read More]


Pet Plastic Bottles Fungus Enzyme Enzymes
- Samantha Jenkins was studying a number of types of fungus in a research project for her company, when one of the fungi made a bid for freedom. "Imagine a jar full of grain with a kind of lump of mushroom coming out of the top," says the lead biotech engineer for bio-manufacturing firm Biohm. "It didn't look particularly exciting or fascinating. But as soon as it was cracked open, it was very, very cool." The fungus had eaten its way through the plastic sponge intended to seal it in, breaking it ... [Read More]

Source: bbc.com

Carbon Emissions Deaths Climate Mortality Cost
- Killer carbon emissions New metric calculates 83 million climate-related deaths this century. A new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’. This metric calculates the number of lives placed at risk by our choices about the carbon we pump into the atmosphere. And the results are grim – if we don’t decrease our current emissions, the changing climate will cause 83 million avoidable ... [Read More]


Oil Gas Subsidies Earth Track Prices Subsidy
- Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (Somerville and Seattle, U.S.) and Earth Track, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, U.S.) examined 16 subsidies and environmental regulatory exemptions, providing one of the first estimates of how government subsidies will affect investment decisions for new gas fields in the coming decade. Their results are published on 29 July 2021 in the IOP Publishing journal, Environmental Research Letters . Despite repeated pledges to phase out "inefficient" fossil fuel ... [Read More]

Source: phys.org

Climate Authors Carbon Amazon Rainforest Paper Change
- A few big climate policies could change everything — but we have to act fast. Nearly 14,000 scientists have signed a new climate emergency paper, warning that "untold suffering" awaits the human race if we don't start tackling global warming head-on, effective immediately. The new paper, published July 28 in the journal BioScience and led by researchers from Oregon State University, is an update of a 2019 paper that declared a global "climate emergency" and evaluated Earth's vital signs based ... [Read More]







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